February 13, 2020

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Black Student: ‘Segregation Now!’

If you can’t watch the clip, the woman [at the University of Virginia Multicultural Student Center] says this is a “public service announcement,” then:

“If y’all didn’t know, this is the MSC, and, frankly, there’s just too many white people in here, and this is a space for people of color, so, just be really cognizant of the space that you’re taking up because it does make some of us POCs uncomfortable when we see too many white people in here.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I think universities routinely send the exact message this black woman had the bad manners to speak aloud.

As we all know, if a white student stood and ordered non-white students to vacate a space because their non-whiteness made it uncomfortable for white people, the entire campus would have had a gran mal seizure (and if it were Yale, the students and allied faculty would have shaken down the university for $50 million, as happened in 2015 over the Halloween costume debacle). But this will pass without notice, because racism is a virtue when it is expressed or deployed against white people. Dr. Martin Luther King’s universalist ethic is sooo twentieth century.

But sadly, the 21st century America that Michael Graham warned about in Redneck Nation continues to proceed apace.

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