Exclusion to promote inclusion.
That is a contradiction in terms…in the real world. But, these days, we have college campuses that subordinate contradictions in terms like this one.
Here’s the latest example, via this excerpt from Jennifer Kabbany’s article at thecollegefix.com:
Wake Forest University is hosting a series of “listening sessions” for faculty and staff of color that aim to advance inclusion efforts on campus.
The listening sessions come amid ongoing racial tensions on campus, including a protest Monday at which some students decried the “white supremacy” that allegedly runs rampant at the private, North Carolina institution.
“Dear faculty and staff colleagues, this is a reminder about our upcoming listening sessions on inclusion that I am holding for faculty and staff of color over the next several weeks,” stated an April 18 email from Michele Gillespie, dean of the college, to campus employees.
And what were the examples of rampant “White supremacy”?
According to John Hinton’s article for the Winston-Salem Journal, then included an instagram post, blackface photos published in previous years’ yearbooks, an offensive comment from one student who subsequently withdrew from the school and a fraternity’s genuinely stupid, stereotype-ridden “Black culture” party that was to have been held off-campus but was then canceled.
Every one of those examples combined totals a tiny fraction of Wake Forest’s White student body, which numbers over 5,000.
But in the rarefied air of race-based grievance, that is a reason for every White person there to be ashamed and apologetic. It doesn’t matter what your attitudes about race are, or how you act with people of other races. You’re White, that’s all we have to know.
This is the way to fight racism?
But, as noted earlier, it doesn’t stop there. “White suremacy” is not just a description every White person is supposed tagged with, it is also a reason to create racially segregated workshops.
But that racial segregation is OK, you see. Because the racially segregated workshops are not to further racism, they are to promote inclusion.
Exclusion to promote inclusion. Welcome to the Wake Forest experience.
Maybe they should change the name to “Woke” Forest, because that, apparently is what being “woke” is all about there.
Racism is ugly. It is odious. It is ignorant. It should be addressed everywhere.
But – as I’ve said it many times on this blog and I’ll say again now – you cannot solve racism by creating more of it.
And Wake Forest’s idea – exclusion to promote inclusion – is exactly the wrong way to go.