3.12.15

IDENTITY POLITICS BECOMES RACISM.

Just another day in the weird world of the Perpetually Aggrieved. "Ariel Owens, Student Association director of Public Affairs, stopped participating in class after she said her English teacher asked her to comment on a poem on behalf of her entire race." That may be an innocent mistake by the teacher.  The Conventional Wisdom of the Diversity Weenies, until recently, was that underserved populations, including racial minorities, had to be brought into higher education, test scores notwithstanding, in order to bring "new perspectives."  It's good to see the students pushing back.  But if the Faculty Senate and University Council decided to push back against the identity politics bureaucracy under the banner of not packaging students as bundles of identity that they were representing, we'd probably also see the Cubs winning the World Series.
Racism on campus can be subtle, said Darien Rodgers, senior health and human sciences major. Neptune residence halls, or ‘The Tune,’ has a low-income, ghetto stigma while New Residence Hall East and West and Gilbert Hall appear to be for the upper class, Rogers said.

Events on campus such as the annual block party do not engage and represent all students, Rogers said.

“The block party was straight hip-hop. Not like the happy, fun hip-hop everyone likes; it’s that selective hip-hop,” Rogers said. “At the beginning, [everyone is] happy, then once that music starts, the black people get hype and the white people are like ‘Uh, let’s leave.’”

There is a lack of preparation for dealing with issues like racism, said Faculty Senate President Greg Long.

“I recognize that I’m among the privileged class: I’m white, male and have a [doctorate],” Long said. “My entire career is focused on social justice and accessibility. My frustration is that as a faculty member, we don’t have the background, training and knowledge to understand how to deal with racism.”
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