San Diego State University has created a weekly course in Black Lives Matter, inspiring serious questions from critics about the appropriateness of inviting certain speakers from a movement that has incited violence and disruption around the country.
Called “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education,” the course is the brainchild of San Diego State professor J. Luke Wood, who says it provides a way to tie BLM themes to broader issues facing minorities in the educational sphere. The course, which is scheduled to open in October, will include speakers from the Black Lives Matter movement who will talk to students about issues such as how black men are undervalued in a classroom setting.
Some, however, say it’s unacceptable for a public university to offer a course that invites speakers affiliated with the BLM movement. They include Craig DeLuz, a gun-rights activists with the Firearms Policy Coalition. DeLuz released a statement saying that San Diego State should withdraw approval of the course, since it is likely to provide cover for the dangerous BLM movement to recruit students, professors, and other academics to the cause.
“Black Lives Matter is a political movement,” said DeLuz in his statement. “And even worse, it’s a movement whose members have promoted segregation and violence against law enforcement. Now we want to give them taxpayer dollars to train educators on how to indoctrinate our children? That’s insane!”
DeLuz also noted the deep disparity between how conservative speakers are treated on college campuses when compared to this sanctioned course on left-wing ideology.
“Conservative students have to fight universities tooth and nail to get conservatives approved to speak on most campuses,” DeLuz said. “But liberal speakers are not only getting funded to push a political ideology, the students who come to hear them can get college credit. How is that fair?”
In an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune, Wood said that his critics had the wrong idea about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Its guiding principles are directly against segregation of any form,” he said. “If he has ever been to a Black Lives Matter rally, which I have, he would see there are people of all ethnic backgrounds, or different races and genders, who are there because they are disaffected. We’re organizing around Black Lives Matter’s guiding principals of loving engagement, empathy, values and restorative justice.”
Yeah, well, that’s the public-facing PR crap we hear from those who support Black Lives Matter, but anyone who has carefully followed this organization knows it is not the whole truth. For this deranged movement to gain a foothold in our public education system is a travesty that should be nipped in the bud at the earliest opportunity.
Alas, political correctness will likely win the day here, and our educational systems will be the worse for it.