Jim Crow goes woke

  

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Jim Crow goes woke
There’s a ‘fine line between safe space and segregation’ on the modern American campus.

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Racial segregation is back in the US. That old foul practice that most of us thought had been done away with by the 1964 Civil Rights Act has been given some politically correct spit-and-polish. Jim Crow’s gone woke. Consider theUniversity of California, Berkeley. A student house there has decreed that white people are forbidden in its common areas. People of colour, the house says, must have the right to ‘avoid white violence and presence’. Therefore, no honkies allowed. The colour line resurrected to protect allegedly fragile blacks from devilish whites.

This is happening at the Person of Colour Theme House, one of Berkeley’s off-campus, privately run student-accommodation blocks. The house’s rules on guests stipulate that ‘White guests are not allowed in common spaces’. Anyone whobrings a guest to the housemust announce publicly ‘if [the guest] is white’. Warning: white person in the building! The POC Theme House has a reputation for racial craziness. Oneformer residentsays its ‘call-out culture’ is off the scale. Residents are often criticised for ‘being white / white passing, aligning themselves with whiteness, or allowing white violence in the house’. Sounds a lovely place to live.

The Berkeley Student Cooperative that runs the POC Theme House says there is no ‘official policy’ on whites. Yet the house seems adamant that whites aren’t welcome; that black people need a safe space from white folks’ menacing ‘presence’. A former alumnus of Berkeley – environmentalistDavid Seaborg– this week slammed all this ‘anti-white stuff’ and the ‘woke mentality’ behind it. There is certainly a pathological disdain for all things white in woke circles. But the Berkeley antics strike me as pretty anti-black, too. The notion that black students need to be shielded from the words and ideas and even just the ‘presence’ of white individuals implies that they are weak and fragile, childishly incapable of navigating everyday life in a pluralistic society.

On campuses around America the baleful idea that it’s sometimes good to separate the races is making a comeback. TheUniversity of Connecticutset up a living community specifically for black men.New York Universityhas taken steps to make ‘racially segregated housing a reality’, as one critical report put it. It gave the green light to student demands for blacks-only residences on the basis that black students are tired of ‘bear[ing] the brunt of educating their uninformed peers about racism’.Western Washington Universitymade an entire floor in its student accommodation a ‘blacks-only’ zone.Stanford and Cornellare also reportedly embracing the idea that blacks and whites sometimes need a break from each other.

This is woke segregation. Sure, it isn’t fuelled by the supremacist idea that whites should never have to interact with their racial inferiors, as was the case in much of the Jim Crow South. But it is palpably reminiscent of another key conviction of the Jim Crow era – namely, that the races just don’t mix well. That they have their own customs, their own ways, and they should get on with it, separately. ‘Separate but equal’, as the Jim Crow ideology put it. The claim that blacks need a safe space from whites, that white ‘presence’ doesn’t sit well with black comfort, is a woke renovation of old racial ideas. As theAtlanticsays, there’s a ‘fine line between safe space and segregation’ on the modern American campus.

And it isn’t only on campus that the segregationist mindset has taken hold. What is the stricture against ‘cultural appropriation’ if not a demand that each race stay within its own cultural boundaries? No mixing, please. Blacks drink from one cultural fountain, whites from another. Some racial grifters have even questioned the wisdom of white people adopting black kids.Ibram X Kendiimplied that Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett, who has adopted children from Haiti, is a ‘white coloniser’ seeking to civilise ‘these “savage children” in the “superior” ways of white people’. Even mixed-race marriage risks being problematised. As one scientist, herself in amixed-race marriage, wrote last year, the woke ideology that says ‘all white people are oppressors, while people of other racial groups are oppressed victims’ leads to a situation where ‘every interaction between white and non-white people’ is seen as oppressive, even in the marital home. This oppressor / victim narrative ‘erases my love for my husband. It erases my humanity’, she said.

One important difference with Woke Jim Crow is that it isn’t about protecting whiteness from racial contamination. On the contrary, it’s about protecting society from thewhiteracial contaminant. Anti-whiteness is the dominant ideology in the woke worldview. Whiteness is viewed as an original sin. Those born white are problematic. They’re morally stained, inherently hateful, and they must atone for their pallor forever, with the assistance of the new high priests of racial correctness, likeRobin DiAngelo. Indeed, also this week it is reported that a teacher in Utah hasbuilt a classroom for ‘non-white students’, with everything from the colouring books to the library books mainly featuring people of colour. The aim? To make the white kids reflect on their racial preconceptions. This is how early the new racial indoctrination starts in modern America.

That the new Jim Crow demeans rather than celebrates whiteness is not progress. For it still rehabilitates the depressing, anti-human creed of racial separation. Separate but equal living quarters, racially divided culture, racial hang-ups even in personal relationships – these are the dire consequences of the racial myopia promoted by the new elites. Nothing better sums up the crisis of liberal thought than their abandonment of Martin Luther King’s vision of a post-race society and their embrace instead of the outlook of the notorious Alabama governor George Wallace: ‘Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!’


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Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
1  seeder  Sean Treacy    one month ago
Nothing better sums up the crisis of liberal thought than their abandonment of Martin Luther King’s vision of a post-race society and their embrace instead of the outlook of the notorious Alabama governor George Wallace: ‘Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!’

Segregation is tanned, tested and ready. 

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
2  GregTx    one month ago

Unbelievable isn't it?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
Anyone whobrings a guest to the housemust announce publicly ‘if [the guest] is white’. Warning: white person in the building!

What’s inappropriate about a trigger warning?  The absence of one is clearly a micro aggression at least.

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
4  GregTx    one month ago

Hilarious...384

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  GregTx @4    one month ago

What the hell is that?  It looks like an ape-like figure with a white beard carrying a pole. 

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
4.1.1  GregTx  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    one month ago

Just trying to be courteous...

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
4.1.2  GregTx  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    one month ago

In all honesty though the graphics came from another band...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
4.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    one month ago

It's from a punk band by the same name:

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
4.1.5  GregTx  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.1.3    one month ago

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5  Texan1211    one month ago

We really have some brilliant folks running things, don't we?

I guess this is what we should expect, being a racist country and all.

And liberals are accusing conservatives of wanting to return to days gone past?

LMAO at the sheer hypocrisy of that bogus claim!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6  JohnRussell    one month ago

White people shouldnt worry about what blacks do in terms of race, they should worry about what they do. If white people do the right thing the problems with race will take care of themselves. Articles like this have one goal, to make blacks look more racist than whites, which is factually absurd. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @6    one month ago
White people shouldnt worry about what blacks do in terms of race, they should worry about what they do

What do you mean?  What does what you do in terms of race mean?

If white people do the right thing the problems with race will take care of themselves.

What is the right thing that white people need to do with the problems with race?

make blacks look more racist than whites, which is factually absurd. 

What metrics are you using?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    one month ago

I dont think my comment is mysterious. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
6.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    one month ago
What is the right thing that white people need to do with the problems with race?

Apparently, to just shut up and accept whatever crap they push.

Doesn't even matter if it is just senseless bullshit.

What metrics are you using?

America is a racist country, has always been a racist country, and white folk are evil racists.

Think that about covers it.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1.1    one month ago

Does that mean that you're uncomfortable in answering these simple questions?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6.1.4  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.3    one month ago

it means i dont do what you want me to do

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1.4    one month ago

Pay no mind.  Typical MO.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
7  Texan1211    one month ago

I would love to hear the liberal "logic" that approves of this discrimination.

What makes this one of those times where racism is approved?

What criteria allows this?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
8  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

I'm sorry that I made you uncomfortable.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @8    one month ago

actually you bore me

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
8.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @8.1    one month ago

Some folks sincerely greatly over-over-over-over estimate their impact on others when we know what their intent is.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
9  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago
TheUniversity of Connecticutset up a living community specifically for black men.

Ummm... no

We contacted UConn’s Dr.   Erik Hines   for clarification on the rumor, and he provided a number of details omitted in circulating news reports:

Twelve students already have contacted us with interest in living in Scholars House. Participation is, of course, entirely voluntary and its programming will be open to all in the University community, not only black male students.

New York Universityhas taken steps to make ‘racially segregated housing a reality’, as one critical report put it. It gave the green light to student demands for blacks-only residences on the basis that black students are tired of ‘bear[ing] the brunt of educating their uninformed peers about racism’.

Ummm.... no: 

CLAIM: New York University has been working with a small, student-led task force to make racially segregated housing a reality in undergraduate student dorms. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. “NYU does not have and will not create student housing that excludes any student based on race,” the university said in a statement. After a student group applied to establish a dorm floor around themes of Black history and culture earlier in the summer, NYU clarified such floors must be open to students of “all races and backgrounds.”

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
9.1  GregTx  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @9    one month ago

Absolutely, there's no way a state university would be allowed to exhibit that kind of racism without legal challenge. But..

This is happening at the Person of Colour Theme House, one of Berkeley’s off-campus, privately run student-accommodation blocks.
 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
9.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  GregTx @9.1    one month ago

Greg,

And there is no stopping what happens privately. It says a lot more about those who engage than those who don't, and that is the majority of the black student population at Berkley.

But this article was implying a whole lot more as if this was the new norm, and clearly, it is not.

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
9.1.2  GregTx  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @9.1.1    one month ago

Perrie, I agree with your comment. But racism is racism isn't it? And should be called out when it is apparent. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
9.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  GregTx @9.1.2    one month ago

Yes Greg I agree, it should. And it makes me wonder why would these people want to go to that school when there are many traditionally black campuses. But also what shouldn't happen though, is to make it sound like there is some sort of social issue going on, across our college campuses when there isn't. That is just propaganda and that should be called out, too.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
9.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  GregTx @9.1    one month ago

Can't have people of color having their own thing now can we????????

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Racist how????????????????

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
10  Ender    one month ago

Sorry but I wouldn't call what the article is describing as 'woke'.

 
 
 
GregTx
Junior Participates
10.1  GregTx  replied to  Ender @10    one month ago

Me either, it's racism plain and simple.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
10.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  GregTx @10.1    one month ago

How so?

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
10.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Ender @10    one month ago

Woke is the new tag word to hang anything on, enlighten or not.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
Professor Participates
11  Dismayed Patriot    one month ago
"off-campus, privately run student-accommodation blocks"

When exactly did the Civil Rights act demand that private homes and private clubs adhere to local, State or Federal accommodation laws?

I'm not saying it's smart, it's just that there have always been private clubs/groups that deny black member's, and many continue to do so because it's perfectly legal.

This is nothing but right-wing conservatives trying to find anything to prove they're not the real racists even though anyone with more than half a brain knows how fucking desperate they are to silence any discussion of racist white conservative Christians from American history, obfuscate the systemic vestiges of racism still lingering in society and protect what they see as the vanishing 'white conservative Christian culture'.

Sure, it isn’t fuelled by the supremacist idea that whites should never have to interact with their racial inferiors, as was the case in much of the Jim Crow South.

So even though any effort of minorities to claim space for themselves is completely different from Jim Crow, that just doesn't present the narrative white right-wing conservatives want to sell so let's just call it "Jim Crow goes woke!", yeah, that's the ticket!

it’s about protecting society from the white racial contaminant. Anti-whiteness is the dominant ideology in the woke worldview. Whiteness is viewed as an original sin. Those born white are problematic.

But wait! I'm white, so how can I possibly believe that I'm not a white supremacist? Oh, that's right, because that would be fucking insane. No one is teaching that 'whiteness is an original sin' except useless right-wing conservatives who are claiming that must be what liberals and progressives are teaching children in public school because that's the comfortable defendable conservative narrative.

Nothing better sums up the crisis of liberal thought than their abandonment of Martin Luther King’s vision of a post-race society

Other than right wing conservative dipshits who actually believe that nonsense. It's rather hilarious that white right-wing conservatives are so desperate to reframe themselves as the victims and claim the 'liberals and progressives' are the real racists even though most minorities consider themselves, and vote for, liberals and progressives. Apparently white right-wing conservatives don't believe minority Americans can think for themselves, are informed and choose to vote for diverse liberal and progressive candidates that they believe have their interests at heart.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
11.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @11    one month ago

As usual DP - jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

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