The Civil Rights Act of 1964: unilaterally repealed by Beliot College.
The new bigotry on American campuses: Beliot College in Wisconsin has decided to turn a former campus coffee shop into blacks-only haven, thus re-introducing Jim Crow segregation by treating blacks as a privileged race and all other ethnic groups and races as inferior and thus deserving of discrimination and second-class facilities.
In March, the private institution announced the Java Joint would be closed in order to become “a haven for Beloit College’s Black students.”
The gathering space was praised by Jada Daniel, the current Black Student Union president. “We hope to create a safe space for Black and Brown students, where we have a comfortable place to study,” said Daniel on the school’s website. “Daniel said BSU plans to host Soul Food Sundays, poetry readings, and other events during the year, following COVID safety guidelines,” the website says.
Meanwhile, when questions were raised about this clearly discriminatory policy, the school refused to comment, even as its own website said this:
Beloit’s website boasts of the school’s dedication to creating “inclusive spaces for Black students — residentially, socially, and academically,” adding the school is “committed to a broad and comprehensive effort to center the work of anti-racism and equity on campus.”
“We are creating spaces designed to provide our Black students with a sense of belonging and community on a welcoming and safe campus,” the website says. “We’ll create an anti-racist and inclusive plan for whole campus space use, including residential spaces.”
The school’s black population is about 7% of the total. Thus, Beliot’s administration has decided to give those students a privileged status, something that is exactly the opposite of creating “anti-racism and equity on campus.” It also does nothing to give its black students “a sense of belonging.” Instead, it isolates them and makes them a target of resentment and anger because they are being treated better than everyone else, merely because of their race. It also helps teach them the horrible lesson that they cannot mix with other races, that anyone who is not black is their enemy who must be hated and feared.
That’s the rational argument. Then there is the legal one. This policy is blatantly illegal under numerous federal, state, and local laws. All it will take is one lawsuit and the school will not only be forced to cease and desist, it will likely have to pay out significant fines. I personally wish I lived close to Beliot, because I would waste little time testing this policy. Let them try to toss me out of that “blacks-only haven”, because of my race. Rosa Parks was right to defy such segregation in the 1950s, and so should we today.
The worst aspect of the story is that it appears the black student population itself has been demanding the school give it a privileged status. These students are apparently so ignorant of their own history that they now endorse segregation and discrimination. They have become the bigots they supposedly despise.
If they don’t get educated soon they are going to discover very quickly this ignorance and bigotry is going to come back and bite them, badly, in ways that no one wants.