Over the last few months, the woke quest for racial equality has taken some strange and disturbing turns. Nowhere are these turns more twisted than on our nation’s college campuses – a fact that stands to reason when you realize that these universities are the birthplace of all of this critical race theory in the first place. Looking to these campuses is an excellent way to get an idea of what’s headed to mainstream America in just a few years. And there are at least a couple of Republican senators who don’t like what they see in their crystal balls.
In a letter to the Justice Department this week, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) urged Attorney General William Barr to investigate the “alarming trend of apparent racial segregation in schools.”
“Sadly, racial segregation is a growing trend on campuses in residence halls, cultural centers, ‘safe spaces,’ & even classes,” tweeted Cotton. “Segregation is abhorrent. It’s also illegal under federal law. I’m urging AG Barr to investigate this harmful practice.”
In the letter, the senators wrote, “College administrators often rationalize these forms of racial segregation, claiming they give members of certain racial groups, especially minority groups, spaces where they can discuss shared concerns and issues. Thus, these defenders attempt to portray racial segregation as a tool to further diversity. Some defenders of these practices further claim that segregated facilities and events protect racial minorities from racism that supposedly is endemic in our nation’s schools.”
“Whatever the rationale,” they continued, “the effect of racial segregation is to divide the student body on a college campus, creating racial or ethnic enclaves. This practice heightens racial consciousness while discouraging students from thinking of themselves as part of one nation that encompasses members of all races.”
The Daily Wire documented two of the recent incidents that the senators referenced:
The first incident, which involved the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was a virtual “cafe” for minority students and another for non-minority students. The university has since apologized for “the framing and presentation of the purpose and intended outcomes of these events,” saying they were “poorly conceived and executed.” They also said the “events were never intended to be exclusive or exclusionary” on account of race.
The second incident involved the University of Kentucky’s resident advisor training sessions, the existence of which was reported by the Young America’s Foundation. Two documents obtained by YAF show that RA’s were asked to attend a joint bias training session that included separate breakout sessions: One for minorities, and another for white RAs.
This kind of stuff has no place in a modern, thoughtful, diverse society. As much as they like to call themselves “progressive,” today’s leftists are regressive to their very bones. As much as they like to call themselves “woke,” they are far behind the civil rights leaders of the 1960s in their awareness of what racial progress really means. In both their tactics and their language, they are taking America backwards.
We may or may not be able to do anything about this cultural wave, but at the very least, we don’t have to fund it. And we certainly don’t have to stand by and watch racial grifters reinstitute illegal practices like forced segregation.