Black Protests On Campus

This could easily be a post about feminism on campus as they have had a very similar history but after the many black student activist protests and terror-style administration coups and demands in the recent months, it’s necessary to look into it deeper. Since the late 1960s, college campuses have been plagued by hundreds of race-related protests. Despite all the administrative surrender to their demands, these demonstrations have continued and it could be easy to argue that they are crazier and more consequential now than they have ever been. In order to understand why, we first have to know how it all began. Black students have been part of the college landscape long before affirmative action. Nearly all were admitted into college because they proved themselves academically qualified, they could do the work and they never demanded special treatment, let alone entire departments catering to their racial identities.

Beginning in the late 1960s however, as a result of the black power movement, race baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and court decrees such as the Bakke decision, schools began admitting huge numbers of blacks. They were required to fill their classrooms with black students, to show everyone that their school isn’t racist. The problem though was nearly all of these students were completely unprepared for college work. So to get around this problem, universities offered a variety of academic remediation programs, such as blacks-only summer school “bridge” programs to teach the basics. When this wasn’t enough to bring black students up to speed, the administrations created a Black Studies Department to help them along, hiring only black faculty. These early outreach programs still invariably failed, since hastily recruited, fresh out of the inner-city street kids could not do the work despite remedial efforts and generous grading by liberal professors.

By the late 1980s and early 1990s, the agenda shifted from increasing the number of blacks on campus and expecting them to do as well as the other students to transforming the campus to make black students feel comfortable and to correct what is seen as ‘whiteness,’ such as the ‘microaggression’ of correcting a black student’s spelling. Diversity was now official orthodoxy, everywhere except for diversity of thought, and it was implemented top to bottom. Universities increasingly focused on retention, so students who once would have flunked out in real subjects now stayed on and even graduated, thanks to the invention of kiddy courses such as Black Studies, where as long as you raise your clenched fist, you pass. This cycle has continued ever since, and all it’s done has created even more entitlement from black activist students.

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