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What is the racial endgame for campus progressives?

The question has to be asked of campus progressives: What is your end game?

This past year we’ve read endlessly about how, in this Age of Trump, racial and ethnic minorities are more fearful than ever (for their very lives in some cases), and that the president himself has been the catalyst for a “resurgence” of white nationalism and white supremacy.

But even before Donald Trump’s election members of “marginalized communities” and their (progressive, white) allies were demanding of college administrations everything from a specific number of minority faculty and cultural centers for every conceivable identity group, to “task forces” that will address “systemic oppression.”

Students even get their collective panties in a bunch when university officials have the audacity to fail to see into the future.

And why?

Because administrators “aren’t doing enough” to address alleged continued racism on campuses and elsewhere.

Over the last year colleges have dedicated courses, speeches, and workshops to various “crises” that have arisen in the Age of Trump, not to mention how the Republican nominee even managed to win in the first place.

How, progressive academics and student ask, did this guy win when we have been addressing things like white privilege, white supremacy, whiteness, white fragility, patriarchy, heteronormativity, etc. for years, now?

Will the light ever shine upon marble heads?

Not yet, at least.

Just consider the latest outrage du jour: “It’s OK to be White” signs and stickers have popped up at many campuses (and high schools) across the country and in Canada, complete with the predictable apoplexy. What seems to your average joe a rather tongue-in-cheek response to campus politically correct nuttery is to your typical academic leftist a “coded affirmation of white supremacy” and a “political instrument that fit[s] into a tradition of American hate speech.”

Consider Concordia College’s reaction to the placards:

“We had a lot of conversations with students who were upset. It’s hard because it’s not the posters, it’s the message behind them, and it’s especially how they made students feel on campus,” [Student Government Association President Ahna Van Valkenburg said].

Van Valkenburg explained that while the posters’ words were not inherently incorrect, the statement that they were making was problematic.

“From conversations with students, it’s similar to the ‘All Lives Matter.’ So yes, that’s true, but put into the political context of the nation, it wasn’t saying all lives matter, it was shutting down a movement,” Van Valkenburg said.

“It’s never been wrong to be white in America … but it’s just something that minorities struggle with. It’s a power dynamic,” [Commissioner of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission Mikayla] Clements said. “The majority of the people haven’t lived those experiences of power differences. We have to think with empathy and listen to those who have.”

“We must reject silences that demean and exclude, and we must engage open conversation about the experience of race on this campus and beyond.”

A Concordia professor(!!) responded with his own “It’s not OK to be that kind of white” signs (emphasis added) as a response:

On Thursday, [Professor of Religion David] Creech hung up posters around campus that countered the original statement, bearing the words, “It’s not okay to be that kind of white.” They were removed within an hour.

Creech summed up the meaning of his signs, saying: “You can’t be a white who is ignorant about the power and privilege that comes with your whiteness, and you can’t be a white supremacist.”

Hilariously, after sentiments like the above, the Concordia SGA, school president, and campus Office of Diversity held a public forum so folks could “voice opinions and ask questions.” Also hilariously, Professor Creech was in attendance, saying “I think there needs to be training for our faculty for dealing with diversity, white privilege, and how to make these topics more prevalent in our classes.”

You think Creech would be receptive to “voiced opinions” which challenge his view of white privilege “ignorance”? Would he be welcoming to folks who agree that white privilege is a legitimate thing, but disagree on the remedies?

So, again, to folks like Creech, et. al.: What is the end game?

Today an academic world exists where white people are told to avoid certain professions merely due to their skin color, to disregard their “American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status,” and where courses are devoted to the abolition of “whiteness” … but at the same time an insipid sign proclaiming “Caucasians are alright” is treated like the cultural apocalypse.

It’s almost as if the academy is working on job security on the sly: Keep doing what it’s doing regarding “whiteness,” and when results like Election Day 2016 occur say “See? We’ve got to do more!”

MORE: ‘It’s Okay to Be White’: A case study in campus hysterics

MORE: Oklahoma high school teacher’s classroom lesson: ‘To be white is to be racist’

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Dave Huber is assistant editor of The College Fix. He has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over a decade, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. Dave is a retired educator with over 25 years of service who holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Delaware, as well as graduate student membership in the National Association of Scholars.

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  • Byrd Westbrook

    The problem is that the Left is destroying so-called higher education. Ignorant, arrogant students who are merely indoctrinated in the Left’s mindset have no use beyond beyond being useful idiots. Eventually the high tech world will collapse and go elsewhere. Innovations in science will be made in Israel and other countries that still value true education.

  • Unmutual One

    Their endgame? The complete destruction of Western culture. This has always been the endgame; it’s just that they are being more open about it now.

  • Nathan

    Like oil, I look at white guilt as being a finite resource. The current paradigm of progressive social justice is that no white person is ever good enough. Doesn’t matter how “woke” you are. Doesn’t matter how many times you vow to fight so-called “white supremacy”. Doesn’t matter how many Black Lives Matter hashtags you post. Doesn’t matter how many self flagellating white privilege seminars you attend. You’ll always be the villain. And while there certainly seems to be a considerable white leftist demographic who accepts this hateful nonsense, it will inevitable wear people out.

  • Joe Blow
  • Rowenna

    In Bahrain there are the Sunni and the Shiite Muslims. The royal family is Sunni but the majority of the population there is (or at least was) the Shiites. The Shiites are treated as second class citizens despite being in the majority. The point being that a population does not need to be in the majority to hold power.

    In most Western nations (the exception being Eastern Europe) non-minority white folks are being told (ever more overtly so) that they are now second class citizens. There are things they cannot do that ‘minority’ folks can do. The logic is that the minority groups are somehow being ‘oppressed’ and that non-minority white folks must therefore surrender their rights to freedom, culture, heritage, language, work, wealth, religion etc.

    This is all in the name of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ but how can there be either when a large majority of a population are told they don’t matter? When the same population point out that the deck is being stacked against them and they are being vilified for the colour of their skin they are told to shut up because they don’t know what it is to be a victim… or ironically ‘now they know what it feels like’ or my favourite ‘life isn’t fair’.

    That said, this is not about identity politics but of attacking Western culture itself. The average non-minority white folks are recognised as the basis of Western culture and as such must be conquered and made to submit before any new power structure can be created – one where the tenets of Western civilisation – freedom, capitalism, democracy are removed.

    • TxMedRgr

      Do you have a point?

  • ItsOK2kek
  • KyraNelson

    Duh, the endgame is what it always was and always will be: Payback For Whitey. Then we can all regress to the Black mean which is mud and shyte

  • GeorgeHanshaw1

    The only serious issue with these people is that they absorb education dollars better spent on someone who actually wants to become educated rather than indoctrinated.

  • David Bradshaw

    a more important question is what will be the result?..I seriously doubt they have considered the consequences

  • Jack Gil

    With the exception of various contributions to society like electricity, the internet, antibiotics, the internal combustion engine, airplanes, nuclear power, modern medicine, air conditioning, space flight (to include landing on the moon), the US Constitution, discovering the genetic code and double helix, identifying the elements of the periodic table, the printing press, the telephone, the light bulb, semiconductors and personal computers, white people are pretty much useless (sarc).