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AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

segregation diverse race racism progressiveShowbiz, the education blob, and the mainstream—read: “left-leaning” or even “pushing”—media have long been invested in the narrative that conservatives are motivated almost entirely by racism. Yet the reality is that open discrimination has long been the policy on the left. Today while some of this discrimination is being pushed back, the hot new trend is progressive segregationism, both direct and indirect. It is ugly and it needs to be fought on different levels.

Democrats and progressives have for years peddled discrimination in various forms that range from affirmative action programs (that often end up discriminating against whites and other racial minorities) to government contract set-asides, to the USDA’s $3.8 billion forgiveness program Democrats rammed through Congress in March that was only applicable to “socially disadvantaged” farmers, determined by the Agriculture Department to be those “who are one or more of the following: Black/African American, American Indian, Alaskan native, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Pacific Islander.” The current “infrastructure” bill Democrats and even some Republicans have tried to foist on us includes attempts to racialize aid to states in building better internet connectivity: the “whiter” your state is, the less money it gets.

The good news—if you can call it that—is that people on the left are at least more honest about their beliefs. Ibram X. Kendi, the current guru of “antiracism,” shouts from the rooftops what used to be whispered in corners: “The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist. If discrimination is creating inequity, then it is racist.” Racial discrimination is good if it agrees with my policy goals! Roger that, Dr. Kendi.

The much better news is that some of this discrimination is being defeated. The aforementioned USDA regulation has been the subject of a dozen lawsuits, and Florida, Wisconsin, and Texas have all received preliminary injunctions against the bill. Not only that, but the Biden DOJ has failed to contest any of the injunctions, including the Florida one, which had a 60-day limit on appeals that has now expired. As the Wall Street Journal editorial page rightly observed, this is a good sign because this “retreat” signals a possible fear that by fighting for racial preferences in court, DOJ might trigger a ruling that stops a lot more policies than the racist bill on farm loan forgiveness.

Yet the bad news is that the penchant for segregation along racial lines is chugging along full-speed in many education, corporate, and even government sectors. It happens in an indirect way via leftist policy. Climate policy is perhaps the best example. In “Jim Crow Comes to California,” Joel Kotkin wrote last week about a new report from the environmentalist Breakthrough Institute detailing how energy and housing policy are driving the Golden State’s astronomical electricity costs, rent, property values through the roof. Combined with the destruction of blue collar industries, these have hit minority populations hardest—especially in the wokest of cities. San Francisco’s population, once almost 15% black, now is at about 5%. Proposals of a universal basic income to combat the inequalities, Kotkin notes, will, if passed, likely cause more dependence and more segregation in California.

If Critical Race Theory were ever applied equally, such presumably unintentional segregation and inequality would yield a judgment that the monolithic Democratic government in California is the racist entity of entities. After all, to quote Ibram X. Kendi again, “When I see racial disparities, I see racism.” Somehow that principle is never applied equally. Perhaps leftists are willing to stomach the results of progressive policies because they at least make so many people of all races and colors equal—and equally miserable.

What is more disturbing is the intentional segregation that is being foisted on people at all levels. The big story recently came from the South. Not, contrary to still-current Hollywood stereotypes, the “Old South” but what many have called the “Black Mecca.”

A long-time educator whose husband is the school psychologist at Mary Lin Elementary in Atlanta described attempting to get her second grader into a particular class at the school. “When the principal reached out to me,” Kila Posey told CBS News, “I had already given her the selection for our children and she tried to sway me into one of the other two classes, the ‘Black classes’ — that was her phrase for the classrooms.” Mrs. Posey has recordings of some of her conversations with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) administrators in which one official confirmed knowing about Mary Lin Elementary’s practice, and she is using them as evidence in her complaint to the Department of Education. Yet, as CBS reported it, Mr. and Mrs. Posey complain “that the APS and the U.S. Department of Education are dragging their feet in rectifying the matter.”

Well, they might. If the DOE does actually deal with such discrimination, they might be besieged by other complaints. Higher education has become brazen enough to begin offering “affinity” housing that is explicitly racial. From Western Washington University, American University in Washington, DC, and Appalachian State and their “Black Affinity Housing” to Arkansas’s Bates College and its Empowering Young Minds (EYM) residence hall designated “for womxn of color and/or marginalized gender,” we see segregated housing from coast to coast and even in the Ozarks. These examples are only a few of the housing programs. And they are approved by the academic establishment. The linked article on American University includes a line by the “Executive Director of Residential Life at the University of Nevada-Reno,” who called housing segregated by race “a national best practice in university residential life and housing communities.” Whether it is “best” or not, it is a practice that is growing. The National Association of Scholars’ 2019 report, “Neo-Segregation at Yale” by Dion Pierre and Peter Wood, noted that as of that time over 200 institutions had segregated housing options on campus. Given the proliferation of such programs, the number today must be much larger.

But it’s not just housing! The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a Welcome BBQ via a flyer this fall that read, “All are welcome, intended for self-identify people of color.” (Never mind the bad grammar in the announcement. As college English professors have now determined, the very idea of “standard grammar” or “correct English” is racist.) Nearby Beloit College now has a coffee shop that is black-only. Segregated graduation ceremonies are also coming up. Columbia University caused a backlash this spring when it was learned that they would be holding six different graduation ceremonies based on race. They backed down, kind of, by downgrading the segregated events to “celebrations” they claimed were not replacements for Columbia’s main commencement exercise.

If you’re wondering if “whites only” events are going to come back, you can wonder no more: California State University, Dominguez Hills offered a two-and-a-half hour zoom seminar for white people only. Oh, well, it was inclusive enough to include also other “practitioners of unconscious race bias.” Brandeis University offers a non-virtual whites only space for students who are willing to undergo six weeks of training about the evils of “whiteness.” Joy von Steiger, a clinical psychologist serving as director of the Brandeis counseling center, explained that white people need to have such training in order to share spaces and converse with non-whites and not “cause harm.”

One can laugh this off, as too many conservatives have over the last three decades, and observe that such nuttiness is not “the real world.” But it is the real world—students are learning how to conform to such measures at universities even if they disagree with them. And they are taking their segregationism in the name of equity with them into the non-university world.

As Christopher Rufo wrote last fall in City Journal, racial segregation pervading Seattle’s government system leads to separate and unequal training sessions for white people and people of color because of the supposed dangers of free discussion on racial issues. Like Brandeis, Seattle cannot allow people of different races to speak to each other lest there be disagreement. (Or possibly agreement those in charge don’t want?) As Rufo notes, this infantilizes non-white people and can lead to genuine division on racial lines. And it assumes, as do most of the university training materials and rationalizations for segregation, that white people can be reduced to a category of privileged oppressors while black people can be seen as helpless victims.

It’s racism all the way down.

And it needs to stop. Like the Poseys have done, any segregation in K-12 classrooms needs to be fought at both the local and the national level. And segregation on university and college campuses needs to be fought the same way. It is easier to do so on state university campuses. A spring conference on teaching at Michigan State that was going to include segregated discussion groups was successfully altered when complaints to the Office for Civil Rights forced the university to back down. Similarly, government offices facilitating segregated meetings or events are vulnerable to litigation.

For students at private universities, there are fewer avenues for changing policies, but the least one can do is keep up with what is happening at your old alma mater or your kids’ or grandkids’ schools. Parents should pressure colleges and universities to give them access to the internal websites—because stealthy colleges have taken to hiding events on internal sites only available to “members of the community.” And students need to publicize any of these spaces, events, or training sessions that divide up students by race and demonize one group or infantilize another.

There are certainly still divisions in our country, even ones that sometimes have a racial element to them. Progressive policies, on display above all in California, make these worse. But making sure different groups on campus, in government, and anywhere else are separate and unequally treated is one of the surest ways to take what was a small fire and turn it into a conflagration.

David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.

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Andy Henderson
Andy Henderson
2 years ago

Martin Luther King would both cry and be ashamed if he were alive today to see what is transpiring in our country. The progressives (Leftist) are reversing and undoing all that the Civil Rights movement accomplished in the 1960’s. Leftist are more racist than the worst racist.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

I see this Segregation on 2 fronts:

  1. Unvaxxed vs Vaxxed
  2. Race ( 50s era mindset anew)
  3. CRT
donald a colongeli
donald a colongeli
2 years ago

I DONT AGREE WITH ANY TACTICS THAT CHANGES THE STATUS QUO. I BELIEVE THE FOUNDING FATHERS, ALL WHITE, ADOPTED A CONSTITUTION FOR WHITE AMERICA. JUST AS THE BLACK PEOPLE OF AFRICA, UNDER MANDELA, TOOK BACK THEIR COUNTRY FROM THE BRITISH. ANY HINT OF WHITE SUPREMACY IS RACIST.

Jim Carlyle
Jim Carlyle
2 years ago

I am white and a Californian at the present–makes me a minority, which apparently doesn’t qualify for “Socially Disadvantaged”. How does this fit the Jim Crow concept?

John Bonds
John Bonds
2 years ago

Most of the folks reading these AMAC articles are older and retired. Some like me, grew up in the Jim Crow south and realize blacks were at a real disadvantage and the civil rights act of 1964 was something that really was past due. Affirmative action kick started equal education and job opportunities, but just like every other government program it has gotten out of hand. We are a country of over correcting every problem. I missed a few opportunities in my career because of affirmative action, more so for my children. We adjusted and lived with it. One thing I noticed over the years though was that blacks truly do not want to mix with other races. The whole cultural diversity experiment has been a huge failure. I see more hatred and racist behavior now than ever. Thing really changed under the Obama administration. He, and even more so Michelle, are black racists. Their support of the BLM movement have undone 50 years of progress. The left has jumped on the bandwagon of hatred to create more division and stay in power. I don’t see any easy remedy.

Rik
Rik
2 years ago

Ever since LBJ instituted Affirmative Action AMERICA HAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE! And I personally can witness it which cost me a fabulously paying job in 1974 that has forced me to continue working even today. If America was really DISCRIMINATING against Blacks, then why are high paying professional sports players predominantly 70% Blacks?

Lisa
Lisa
2 years ago

We’ve been set up since America was founded! UN is now demanding all nations with one Religion/God!! Man made government leader Satan wake up

Lizzy
Lizzy
2 years ago

All true but you forgot…the intent was to control the blks and BUY their VOTE—it WORKED for the Left!!It was NOT set up to HELP ones character or place in life.
The same is happening NOW with the pay to stay home-NOT WORK!Killing several with one STONE. Kill small business,hook MORE people onto welfare and create a useless society that can be controlled easier.

Pete from St Pete
Pete from St Pete
2 years ago

I would like to point out to the Breakthrough Institute that my electric bill costs here in Florida have not risen much more than inflation in the last 40 years. The reason rent and property values have increased so much in the last few years is because so many northerners are fleeing decaying cities like Chicago and New York. Out of control crime and property taxes from progressive policies has made it difficult to raise families safely up there. It’s call the law of supply and demand.

Peter K
Peter K
2 years ago

I am laughing out loud at the thought of how many Black professional athletes have white wives and girlfriends! I suspect their shunning of Black women as companions will eventually lead to public outrage. Or will it? NOT!

Joearcher
Joearcher
2 years ago

I enjoyed the article, but I want to advise the author, David P Deavel, that FLORIDA is the “Sunshine State” and California is the Golden State. The Golden State has long been a popular designation for California and was made the official State Nickname in 1968. Please don’t confuse Floridians with those radical leftist loonies out west!

Jesse Tiede
Jesse Tiede
2 years ago

Wow. I spent over 20 years of my life dedicated to the prospect that all men (and women!) are created EQUAL! During that 20+ years of military service, I raised 3 children to be hard working citizens, color blind, and accepting of all nationalities and colors! I taught them to be Non-Judgmental to every one, no matter what the circumstances! On the other hand, I was personally subjected to prejudicial treatment at my first duty station, on two separate occasions, for “Training”, called “Race Relations”! At those times, I was subjected to ridicule, insults and accusations of misconduct directed toward unnamed people of color! I was never allowed to speak up, or defend myself, or my family, in any way, or at any time. These “Training” sessions lasted for a whole week each time, and took me away from my military duties! Additionally, on several occasions, during my military career, I was passed over for promotions, choice duty assignments, and positions because of “Racial Quotas” and other types of Reverse Discrimination. I never made official complaints, as I was told by supervision that that would be detrimental to any desire for a life-long career, and I had aspirations to do 30+ years, at the time. That I managed to survive and make it to 20 is a testament to my up-bring in a military family, and my own unique perspectives and beliefs. And, according to this “DOCTOR”, I am a RACIST, and there is NOTHING I CAN DO to change that! Ok, I can accept that! But, I’m also an old, overweight white man, with Native American roots in my background, and I don’t take kindly to anybody pushing me, talking down to me, or being intentionally aggravated, or vexed, in any way. I have always paid MY bills, and, usually, a little extra to help others, and I have done this by dedication and a life-long desire to do the right things. This country, through one way, or another, is being intentionally pushed in directions where people like me, and there are literally MILLIONS of us, are seeing everything we worked and self-deprived for literally being taken or destroyed before our very eyes! I shudder to think what is going to happen, should these disparities not be stopped, and soon…

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

I have many good friends who are black, hispanic, Japanese and I never had any problems with people of different color. I call racism a sin. IT HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!! I’m sick and tired of hearing about it. So much ignorance going on in this country.!!!

Jon
Jon
2 years ago

Maybe some people should go to that “black-only” coffee shop at Beloit College, stage sit-ins, and demand to be served. It worked before after all.

ShellzNCheez
ShellzNCheez
2 years ago

Companies may want to start being much more selective when it comes to which college graduates will be hired. At least until we can weed out the bad eggs.

Marilyn Stanley
Marilyn Stanley
2 years ago

Cal State Dominguez hills is very integrated. Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, etc. Whites only? Very few, I believe.

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