What would you call a group that tells Black people they should not be held to the same standards as non-Black people, and should be given things for free?
You pick the word. Start at “racist” and continue as you wish.
Now, please read the following two paragraphs from Todd Richmond’s article for the Associated Press:
Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.
The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds “white supremacy.”
When Black people were slaves they could not legally be educated. The civil war, which ended legal slavery was won in 1865 – 152 years ago.
Therefore, in the collective mind (such as it is) of UW-Wisconsin’s student government, Black students, today, who never experienced slavery- nor did their parents, or their grandparents – should be handed a “free” (make that taxpayer-funded) education because of what they never experienced.
But that’s not all.
Should Black students whose families came to this country, voluntarily, after slavery ended, also be given a “free” college education? Yep.
Should Black students descended from the Black tribes which sold other Blacks into slavery also be given a “free” college education? Yep.
Should ACT and SAT scores, which are a means of determining whether students are capable of handling the courses at colleges – the harder the courses the higher the necessary scores – be discounted or ignored entirely, because students have Black skin? Yep.
A question for the student government: if Black students who did not score well on these tests cannot perform at acceptable levels at UW-Madison, should the educational standards be discounted or ignored too? What other standards will you lower or eliminate for them?
Does the UW-Madison student government think that, if these steps were implemented, Black graduates will be thought of the same way as non-Black graduates in the real world? That Black graduates, regardless of whether they were fully qualified for the school, will not have a huge asterisk next to their degrees?
Here’s a desperately-needed reality check: when you give Black students free things to right some wrong they never experienced, and you give them entry to the school even if their test scores show they cannot handle the work, you are not treating them as equal human beings. You are treating them as inferior beings.
But it does make you feel good, doesn’t it? How benevolent you are. How deferential you are.
How thankful all those Black folks will be that you see them as requiring free stuff and lower standards.
Nope, you’re not the racists. You’re not the White supremacists. It’s those neanderthals who see Blacks in equal terms. How dare they.
It seems to me the student government at UW-Madison desperately needs the education it is supposed to be getting there.