Segregation returns to Georgetown University
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” The Campus Ministry of Georgetown University has scheduled several upcoming events that are advertised as segregated and for blacks only, despite a claim on its website that such events “are accessible to students of all backgrounds.”
The announcement for one such event, which included the graphic to the right (with the relevant language circled in red), however proves that last claim is an outright lie:
The Cookout is an undergraduate retreat created for Black students by Black students to promote joy, inspire hope, and explore practices of self-love and care for Black students, drawing on the values and practices of Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and other spiritual traditions. Sponsored by Campus Ministry, The Cookout acknowledges the marginalization Black students face in predominantly white institutions and aims to center Black experience, affirm the Blackness of all Black students, and facilitate a safe space for connection and reflection through bonding activities and talks by Black chaplains, faculty and staff. A cookout is a place for relaxation, laughter, and community—and we’re going to offer just that and more. So, to the Black students of Georgetown University: Welcome to The Cookout. [emphasis mine]
Of course, when questioned a university spokesperson said that while the event is meant for black students on campus, “all students are allowed to register.” It would really be interesting to see what would happen if some white students at Georgetown did exactly that, and then showed up. Would they be greeted with the university’s commitment to…
“a profound care and responsibility for one another, grounded in individualized attention to the needs of the other, attentive to their unique circumstances and concerns, and their particular gifts and limitations, to encourage each person’s flourishing”?
I doubt it. More likely any white student who showed up would be verbally and maybe even physically attacked. At a minimum he or she would likely be called a racist or an oppressor and even a white supremacist, simply for existing and not kow-towing to the bigoted segregation that Georgetown apparently is now promoting enthusiastically. We should also expect the bigoted culture of this community to immediately blacklist such students, banning them from classes or even expelling them from school.
This sad expectation of ill treatment — entirely reasonable considering the evidence of the past year — tells us many terrible things about academia and its own expectations for its black students. Apparently, Georgetown officials no longer believe blacks are capable of intermingling with other races or ethnicities. They must be sheltered in their own segregated spaces, so their imagined tender and weak mentalities can be protected.
Worse, this appears to be the attitude of too many black students as well, who in support of these events give the appearance of being frightened and insecure when they must work with whites. Blacks have not only been taught by the schools to distrust and hate all whites, these students have also been taught that they cannot compete with them, and need special advantages to level the playing field.
What a horrible tragedy, especially considering it comes a half century after the very successful civil rights movement had ended most of the racist barriers against minorities. Since the 1970s, if you worked hard and used your god-given talents properly, nothing in society could stop you, no matter what your race, religion, or creed. And the proof of this fact is Barack Obama himself, a black who became president of the United States in 2008.
That we now find our culture descending once again into racism and bigotry, prompted by the identity politics of the left, is so heart-breaking as to be immeasurable.
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