Society’s turn has surely surprised many older Americans.
After decades of increased colorblindness and an emphasis on unity, culture is re-embracing separation according to race.
As I’ve written before, in the 1940s, people were sometimes categorized as white and nonwhite.
Fast-forward from the end of that to a new beginning: white and “people of color.”
We appear to be more original with our words than our ideas.
Notably, in the name of “diversity,” Columbia University announced supplemental, race-specific graduation ceremonies.
"Ivy League University Offers Separate Graduation Ceremonies According to Race, Sexual Identity, and Income"https://t.co/Fo4joF0Lfm
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) March 20, 2021
Some clearly believe so.
One who may not: Bill Maher.
During Friday night’s episode of HBO’s “Real Time,” Bill conversed with Democratic data scientist — and 2012 Obama campaign man — David Shor.
David claimed that, since not everyone in the country’s left of center, Dems should focus on issues with which the majority agree.
That prompted Bill to reference America’s recently ratcheted racial division:
“We seem to be entering an era of resegregation that’s coming from the Left.”
“I mean, on many college campuses, there are separate dorms, separate black dorms, graduation ceremonies, stuff like that.”
Speaking of dormitories, as I covered in August, NYU student group Black Violets NYU pushed for black-only housing.
The Violets were vehement to Fox News:
“NYU is a predominantly white institution, making it very difficult for Black students to connect or find community, especially when incidents involving racism occur. It is not about exclusion, but rather creating a space where Black students can feel included.”
On “Real Time,” the host asked, “How will [resegregation] affect elections in the future?”
David seemed of a similar mind, asserting that “racially integrated schools make people more liberal.”
And Shor dropped a bomb; are most nonwhite folks liberal? He thinks not:
“I think just to go back, I think that the important thing is to just realize that most nonwhite voters are not liberal. They don’t identify as liberal. We should take that really seriously.”
“Realizing that most voters don’t share our values means that we should instead we should try to meet people where they are, with the values that they actually hold and that we should talk to them about issues they care about.”
As noted by The Daily Caller, Shor conveyed a kindred idea to NYMag.com concerning Hispanic voters:
[F]or one thing, the extent to which Hispanic voters have liberal views on immigration is exaggerated. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support. Pew’s done a lot of polling on immigration reform, and if you ask things like, “Should we deport the undocumented population, should we give them a path to permanent residency, or should we give them a path to citizenship?” citizenship only gets a little over 50 percent support among Hispanic voters. So I think liberals really essentialize Hispanic voters and project views about immigration onto them that the data just doesn’t support.
It certainly makes sense to focus on things with which we all agree — not long ago, that was part and parcel of downplaying skin color: We’re bound by the things we have in common.
Evidently, a lot of people aren’t so interested in such.
Count many in academia among them.
Are we creating a mountain of division? If so — as with the decades prior — it’s going to be quite a mountain to climb.
For those of you who’d like to start that ascension now, check yourself and see if you qualify to begin:
Ivy League School Offers Rock Climbing Class for Everyone But White Students
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