1.) Supporters of the African American Center were the only ones who went to the media to complain about my general opposition to demographic segregation. This was despite the fact that other centers – Hispanic, Gay, and Women’s – were targeted for closure in my column. Put simply, this made it appear that blacks are even more firmly committed to racial segregation than other minorities. Regardless of its veracity, this is now the widespread perception. This reflects poorly on the African American Center.
2.) Supporters of the African American Center made specific calls to administrators demanding that I be fired simply for expressing my First Amendment rights. Of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. would not approve of this. King relied heavily upon the First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Today, too many black students shamelessly seek to destroy First Amendment protections that made the civil rights movement possible. This is harmful to oppressed peoples everywhere. Hence, it undermines the African American Center’s stated concern for helping those without a voice.
3.) Unfortunately, the incident showed that having separate centers is not enough for some minority students. Some want to see racially segregated classrooms, too. Specifically, some diversophiles want to make sure that opponents of the African American Center are stuck teaching all-white classes. Telling black students not to take classes from professors who oppose African American Centers simply spreads segregation from the centers to the classroom. Why would black students want to punish a professor who says he wants more racial integration by ensuring he only teaches whites? This is a perversion of diversity. It’s perversity. It shows that the African American Center has been teaching racism, not eradicating it. And this is simply a disgrace to the entire university.
Segregation in the name of diversity must be opposed today. Segregation in the name of diversity must be opposed tomorrow. Segregation in the name of diversity must be opposed forever. It is time for the diversity movement to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, not the memory of Governor George Wallace or Theodore Gilmore Bilbo.
But far be it from me to suggest we should close the African American Center. I would hate to wind up in another tussle with the local media. And I’d hate to be blacklisted all over again.
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