Is segregation racism? Apparently it depends
That seems to be a very easy question to answer – but in the modern “woke” world of left-wing extremism, not so. It depends on who is imposing the segregation.
We can see that virtually all of the major cities ruled over by longstanding one-party Democrat political machines are segregated – with iconic large, impoverished communities of blacks and Hispanics that are deprived of quality education, employment, good housing, safe streets, and upward mobility. We are talking about neighborhoods with social and political borders – with school systems that in many cases (New York for one) are more segregated than they were in the infamous 1960s.
And yet, those on the left bristle every time I describe our major cities as segregated. They deny the obvious racism of the Democrat political bosses, who have maintained that urban reality since former slaves started moving to northern cities. It is maintained even when those political machines have titular black mayors. In many cases, black leadership has been no different than the black slave owners in the old south. They gained their power, prestige, and profit by maintaining and gaming the established racist segregation system.
Mayors come and go, but the system and conditions remain the same. Baltimore is as segregated as it was more than half a century ago – and still bares the scars of the 1960s riots. Recent black mayors have run the same racist drill as did Nancy Pelosi’s father and brother when they served as Baltimore’s mayors. In case you did not know that.)
While the current situation in the cities are the pernicious residual of black migration out of the dangerous solid Democrat post-Civil War southland, those trekking north did not find the tolerance and jobs they had hoped for. Democrats in the northern cities were not a lot more enlightened or tolerant than their colleagues in the south.
There is, however, a different sort of segregation that is being promoted on the left – a segregation that is seen as woke. This is where blacks – with the approval of establishment whites – are creating new venues of racist segregation. It is a form of self-segregation in which non-African folks are barred from participation. In many cases, “blacks only” signs have taken the place of “whites only of yesteryear.”
Harvard University has provided one of the latest examples with a “blacks only” graduation ceremony. It was not an “official” graduation ceremony but was “accommodated” by the school. In my view, that is just wrong. A prestigious institution like Harvard should be breaking down race-based barriers in the spirit that all people matter. Instead, Harvard has succumbed to woke tribalism.
This is part of a campus trend that has blacks creating black only clubs and “safe spaces.” They allege that such segregation allows blacks to deal with uniquely black issues. But the issues are not uniquely black. Is there something “unique” about a Harvard diploma? Do blacks get a different one than whites because they are educated differently?
There are appropriate times for folks to celebrate their ethnicity. I grew up in a city that had seemingly endless ethnic events, but I cannot think of a single one that banned folks who were not of that ethnicity. In fact, they were wonderful occasions for sharing.
For many years, blacks were barred from events, clubs, and restaurants. We condemned it and mostly ended it as being racist – contrary to the American promise of human equality. It is beyond my understanding why creating an alternative universe with similar characteristics should be considered as a good thing.
I happen to be a melting pot assimilation guy – not only in geography but in personal relationships. Nothing gives me more confidence in the future of America than seeing interracial interaction – and a growing number of interracial couples and families – like my own.
So, there ‘tis.