Mike Adams

If you support segregation in the sports world you get fined and banished. But if you support segregation in the academic world you get tenured and promoted. Sometimes, you even get buildings named after you. I predict that after Chancellor Gary Miller leaves UNC-Wilmington they will name a building after him. I also predict that Miller Hall will have separate water fountains for white and colored people.

My language may sound harsh but it is grounded in reality. Over the last three years, UNCW has become increasingly segregated along the lines of both race and sexual orientation. Recently, for example, the university announced it was having a summit for black faculty and graduate students. Afterwards, the university released a press statement that sounded like it could have been excerpted from Orwell's 1984:

"A summit for black faculty, staff and graduate students in the UNC system drew more than 90 participants to UNC Wilmington. Navigating Challenging Waters: Achieving Success in the Academy was held April 24-25 in the Education Building. It was hosted by the UNC Wilmington Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion ..."

With straight faces, the university actually boasted that it held a racially segregated event (a "black" summit), sponsored by a racially segregated organization (a "black" association), and did so with the help of an office of "inclusion." These people are so full of nonsense that they see more racism in terms like "these people" than they do in terms like "black association."

But it gets even worse. UNCW has also announced a separate graduation ceremony for homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and other "queer-identified" students. The official announcement, written by a UNCW English professor, reads "Join us to celebrate the graduation of LGBTQIA students and those students who have eared {sic} a minor in Women's and Gender Studies."

I hate to be picky but I remember a time when English professors knew how to spell. But that was before the university started to pay them to teach sexual politics and to constantly interject sex into the workplace - as opposed to actually teaching spelling and literature. The criticism may sound harsh, but they've "eared" every bit of it.

So, what's next here at UNCW? Should we further segregate graduation so that white homosexuals have their own graduation ceremony and homosexuals of color have theirs? Maybe we can go further and have "colored queer" and "white queer" restrooms. It's not too much of a stretch. Transsexuals have been trying to get their own bathrooms for years.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.

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