May 10, 2007

What did I tell 'ya?

Here's what I wrote about that Cinco de Mayo party that offended "so many" at an off-campus UD house:

Now, I wonder if this same News Journal would actually do some HARD reporting and get into the nitty gritty of the multicultural and sensitivity "seminars" that take place at UD and just about every other campus in the land ... Y'see, such "thought control" methods aren't seen as a danger to a free society by entities like the Journal. What they see as the true danger are kids like at the UD showing their insensitivity to an "oppressed" people.

Did'ja think I was overstating the case? Check it, from today's News Journal (my emphasis):

Jonathan Martinez, a first-year graduate student, said picnics and meetings [discussing the party] won't suffice. He said faculty and staff should be made to attend diversity training just as undergraduate students are made to take cultural awareness classes for graduation.

On Monday, he saw the party pictures and said he was "very hurt, in part because this is happening all over campus, and it's just considered normal."

He said when the university's new president begins this summer, he should begin work immediately to address racism on the UD campus.

If this is "happening all over campus," then we surely would be hearing about it much more often. We aren't, so it isn't. Does any rational thinker really believe that if such acts were "happening all over campus" that we WOULDN'T be hearing about it constantly in the [liberal] media? For goodness sakes, last night and this morning this recent story was on all the Philadelphia media -- as a major news item!

And this is a campus! You mean to tell all of us that racism is actually worse on a campus than in the population at large? (I mean, "it's all over!") Then this means that all this multiculti and diversity "training" somehow ain't workin'! And to top it off, to sustain the ever-lovin' self-maintaining industry, we now demand MORE of it!

I wonder if Mr. Martinez has any concerns with the National Council de La Raza's ties with groups like MEChA, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán. The NCLR offers up familiar excuses for these ties, considering MEChA is an openly separatist -- and racist -- organization. Check out this "explanation":

NCLR has never supported, and does not support, separatist organizations. According to its mission statement, MEChA is a student organization whose primary objectives are educational – to help Latino students finish high school and go to college, and to support them while at institutions of higher education. NCLR freely acknowledges that some of the organization's founding documents, e.g., Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, contain inappropriate rhetoric, and NCLR acknowledges that rhetoric from some MEChA members has been extremist and inflammatory.*

NCLR will freely disavow statements we believe are inappropriate, as we did when we criticized a pro-separatist Latino website for its racist and anti-Semitic views, but we have no intention of ceasing support for activities that help more Hispanics enter and finish college. As a case in point, the one $2,500 subgrant that NCLR provided to the Georgetown University MEChA chapter in 2003 was to support a conference of Latino students – mainly from the Southwest and West Coast – who were attending East Coast colleges but who could not afford to travel home for Thanksgiving. These Latino student groups hold mini-conferences with workshops and speakers, bringing together students who are often the first high school graduates and college attendees in their families. In this context, were we to be approached for support by a university MEChA chapter, or any other student group, in the future, we would evaluate the request on its merits.

Again my emphasis. This is akin to a group saying it helps and supports (or will accept help and support) from a group like the Nation of Islam, even though its leader (and many others affiliated with the organization) are outright and even hostilely anti-Semitic and racist. After all, to many, the NOI "does some good things." (The inept drones over at DE Liberal once argued this very point -- "So what, if Louis Farrakhan has said some inflammatory things. His group has done some good," they argued.)

Does anyone really, truly believe that this same sentiment would be acceptable from an overtly racist white organization? That, since the group "does some good," that it is OK to donate to, and accept money/assistance from, that group?

You know the answer to that, and I know the answer to that. It's "no."

And to those who claim that whites "should understand" the NOI and MEChA since these are "oppressed" minority groups, I retort that this is the precise problem with the status of race relations -- and American culture in general -- today. To some, a failure to "understand" the actions of groups like NCLR (and MEChA) and the NOI makes one "insensitive" and even "racist." But they miss a key point: If we are truly to work towards an equal society, then shouldn't everyone be expected to play by the same rules? Shouldn't advocacy groups be expected to be as consistent as the next group? Why can't the NCLR just disavow groups like MEChA completely, and assist Hispanic students without them?

Perhaps if Mr. Martinez gets those mandatory diversity training seminars he wants, he could answer those questions above. My guess is he'd probably have the same answers as the NCLR itself; he'd say that any kind of affiliation with groups like MEChA does not mean NCLR endorses all of its statements. But then I'd ask him what he'd think if a UD student group accepted donations from a group like the National Alliance, or even less "severe," a group like the American Renaissance. Would it be OK for that student group to say "We don't agree with everything (or even anything) the group says, but its money is going to a good cause -- student scholarships"?

What do you think Mr. Martinez's answer would be?

Posted by Hube at May 10, 2007 03:53 PM | TrackBack

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