Growing up in the Deep South, it wasn’t hard to find the last vestiges of segregation if you knew where to look. Years after the Civil Rights Act, there were still a few oddly placed water fountains and even a few signs stuck in the corner at local scrapyards. I couldn’t help but notice them, thankful that those days were gone forever.
Or, maybe not.
A group of students at the University of Texas, San Antonio have decided to create a magazine that exists to promote segregation. Titled “No Whites Allowed,” the student-run magazine doesn’t leave a whole lot to the imagination. Further, it excludes heterosexual people of any ethnicity from contributing as well.
According to Campus Reform, an event description stated: “This zine specifically features and promotes black and brown lgbtqa creatives.” It continued: “We hope to showcase our talent and create an open space for our voices to be heard.”
“[F]or a very long time, black and brown people, especially those who are queer, have been told that they don’t have a space. That they don’t have a voice or a say. With this we would like to create a space.”
They’ve been told what now?
Seriously. Who said that? I want names and dates and quotes.
I cannot find records of anyone in America telling non-white people they don’t have a “space” or a voice or a say. I can find decades and decades of local, state, and federal laws protecting the right of anyone to have a say.
Their abominable segregationist magazine met a lot more criticism than its creators apparently thought it would. It’s been pulled from Facebook.
To their credit, UTSA administrators did the same:
UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand … told Campus Reform that the flyer had, in fact, been removed by university officials upon its discovery.
“This flyer showed up on Feb. 15,” he said. “It was not approved or authorized by the university and was not affiliated with any campus organization or event. It was immediately removed.”
That’s good to hear.
Look, I get that some people feel like they’ve been crapped on by society. As someone who suffers from a disability, I understand.
However, you don’t improve the world by recreating the worst sins you see in others. You don’t make the world better by repeating the mistakes of the past. You don’t promote inclusion by excluding people. It just doesn’t work that way and it never will.