The salient question should never have been who to blame for blacks’ predicament, but who is able to fix it. If the problem were simply a lack of cash, then the government would be the ideal candidate. But if we learned anything from the explosion of violent crime and single motherhood following welfare expansion in the late 1960s, it was that cash transfers cannot solve a problem that the absence of cash didn’t cause. Herein lies one of the many issues with reparations: it would not address the root causes of black underachievement. Fans of the concept should ask themselves: what will happen the day after reparations are paid, when black students still spend less time on homework than their white peers, blacks are still making poor financial decisions, and two out of every three black kids are still living in single-parent homes? On that day, I’d hope to see progressive scholars acknowledge that they had been asking the wrong question for 50 years. But I would not be shocked to hear them insist that, if only the reparations checks had been a bit larger, black America’s problems would have been solved.
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“…honor my identity and my struggle at Harvard.” I wish my generation wasn’t so self entitled and spoiled that we feel what we have to go through in 2017 is equal to a true struggle. Richard Theodore Greener had a true struggle paving the way for other blacks to attend Harvard. You on the other hand have it quite easy. I really don’t understand this kind of collectivist rhetoric which intends to amalgamate all black Harvard struggles into one neat bundle devoid of the nuances of individual struggles. Not every blacks experience is the same at Harvard so what are these shared struggles? I’m guessing that by nobody mentioning them they are either A) trivial under scrutiny or B) they are incapable of articulating this “struggle.” I have no issues with groups wanting to have a special graduation ceremony but please don’t try to hide this under celebrating your particular minority group. Just own up to the fact that you are in favor of identity politics but only when it suits you. Moreover these ceremonies based on identity only server to perpetuate the growing divides between students. If these students came from low socioeconomic backgrounds and went to a school not nearly as left leaning as Harvard then I would have more empathy. This just comes across as pretentious college kids going off the deep end again.
It appears that the SGA of Western Kentucky University has gone full on virtue signalling as they recently passed a resolution that would grant black students free tuition in hopes of absolving themselves of their sins which include not being black. Here are some of the ridiculous reasons given for this drastic action that would be forced upon the student population:
- Universities like to claim diversity without acknowledging the negative effects of slavery and segregation on black students
- Past racial disparity has evolved into economic disparity in today’s society, making it difficult for black youth to attend college
- If you really care about diversity, if you really care about inclusion, if you really care about making this campus safe and accessible to everybody, having the student government’s support of reparation for black students would be amazing
- A lot of times equality can feel like oppression for those who are losing their advantage, but that’s not a reason we shouldn’t fight for equality
- The point of a resolution like this is basically to make a huge statement saying that the Student Government Association recognizes the impact that slavery has had on black people today and that changes need to be made
Alright lets start by breaking down what is actually being stated and then I will demonstrate the lunacy behind these reasons. Firstly its utter rubbish for someone to insinuate that giving one demographic of the student population preferential treatment is somehow a form of equality. In case this person didn’t know, equality (ɪˈkwɒlɪtɪ) is the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status. In other words giving some free tuition and not others doesn’t constitute equality. Now can you see why some students might feel its oppression? Because it is. Additionally what course of action is going to be taken for those black students with the financial means to pay their own tuition bill. Are they simply going to receive these benefits by association? It seems rather baffling that a society that desires to be as egalitarian as possible would enact such policies based on someones race. Furthermore who is going to pay for this free tuition? Is it going to come from endowments and donations from Alumni? Because I can already foresee that not being feasible and Western Kentucky could easily see that backfire as they lose enrollment and donations. Is the government going to foot the bill? I’m not sure many already cash strapped constituents would be keen to see their tax dollars go to such a project.
On the subject of slavery that is entirely true. Historically blacks were held under bondage and in the south did suffer under Jim Crow laws. That being said why does their oppression get preferential retroactive benefits that other oppressed groups don’t receive. Are the Jews who suffered from the Holocaust entitled to additional benefits? What about the Armenians? What about other ethnic groups who suffered slave conditions? Native Americans? Where do we draw the line for which groups are entitled to retroactive justice and which groups are not? Or is the entire point of this exercise for everyone not white with a grievance to receive benefits until satisfied? Not only does this appear to be a form of racism via identity politics but in a society that desires equality these policies are not what we want. Better methods for increasing diversity would be increasing the number of qualified blacks into your universities. Helping said qualified blacks remain in school academically and encouraging them to major in hard sciences and not just the social sciences would be vastly more beneficial. Blacks at colleges and universities would be unbelievably stigmatized as not qualified due to this which is why I wouldn’t personally take free tuition based on my race even if offered. I see no reason why you would want to provoke and alienate your fellow students and in the process give ammunition for others to question your credentials and ability to learn. And at the end of the day whether black students get free tuition won’t change their views or identity politics. They will remain able to complain about white supremacy and the effects of slavery I guarantee it.