Oh, I know, we’d write about any of a dozen or so pontificators at the completely race-obsessed cable channel also known as MSNBC.
This Tweet by Touré caught my eye this week:
There’s a gigantic difference between being pro-Black & being anti-white. One is about love, the other is about hate. We can love wo hating.
— Touré (@Toure) May 29, 2013
I agree with him. But, would he say the same thing if we substituted “White” for “Black” in his tweet?
I don’t think so.
Columbia grabbed some headlines this month with the discovery that it has a “whites only” scholarship fund. The Lydia C. Roberts Graduate Fellowship was left to the university in 1920 by a wealthy divorcee days before her death and stipulates it is to be given only to “a person of the Caucasian race” (along with a list of other limitations). This race restriction can be lifted only with a court order, and that’s exactly what Columbia is trying to obtain.
I fully support the university’s efforts to end preferential treatment based on race. It is wrong for schools and employers and especially public institutions to discriminate on the basis of skin color.
In light of the university’s strong stance against discrimination, perhaps it’s time to end scholarships and preferential admissions treatment for minority students as well.
For example, Columbia offers the Sylvia L. Wilson Memorial Scholarship “for an African-American woman specializing in print journalism.” Then there’s the African-American Alumni Scholarship through the School of Business. Columbia’s website even provides a list of outside scholarships specifically for “students of color.”
Here we have the same preferential scholarships, just with different races. Sadly, Columbia is interested in ending only politically incorrect kinds of discrimination….
The problem is that two wrongs don’t make a right, and our well-intentioned efforts have created new injustices with new victims. If judging people based on the color of their skin is wrong — and I believe it is — then it is wrong in all situations, regardless of good intentions. Treating people differently to make up for real or perceived inequalities only reinforces inequality and deepens racial division.
Columbia University is taking an important step in the right direction, but it’s time to go all the way. The only true path to a colorblind society is to treat people equally without regard to race.
This was the essence of the civil rights movement, and it’s something that belongs to all people.
Does Touré agree with this universal non-discrimination goal? Does Elizabeth Warren?
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