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U. Chicago Student Group Offering All Black Graduate Students a ‘Black Graduation’

U. Chicago Student Group Offering All Black Graduate Students a ‘Black Graduation’

“an important capstone in the Black experience at the University of Chicago”

The left’s effort to divide people is backwards and a little creepy.

The College Fix reports:

University of Chicago student group offers ‘Black Graduation’

University of Chicago graduate students this June can participate in a “Black graduation” according to an email obtained by The College Fix.

“Black Action in Public Policy Studies…is hosting a graduation ceremony for all University of Chicago Black graduate students” on June 1, the email stated. BAPP is a student group at the Harris School of Public Policy.

The email described the event as “an important capstone in the Black experience at the University of Chicago.” The Fix reached out to Christian Johns and Semeredin Kundin, two Harris students listed as event contacts, to ask who is funding black graduation, how it fits in with other graduation events and what the organizers would say to criticism that black graduation is akin to segregation.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to comment on your inquiry at this time,” Johns replied.

The group “dedicates itself to centering the experiences and needs of Black people through policy from a Black feminist lens,” according to its description listed on the university’s website.

The university denied that the “capstone in the Black experience” event is exclusionary. The Fix reached out to spokesman Gerald McSwiggan, asking if, in addition to a “black-only graduation ceremony at UChicago,” there were any other race- or identity-specific graduation ceremonies.

“Your description of the event as ‘black-only’ is inaccurate and is not part of the event description,” McSwiggan said via email. “The group’s online materials make it clear that its events and activities are open to all who are interested.”

A professor and commentator on racial issues at DePaul University criticized the event in an email to The Fix.

Professor Jason Hill said the university is “painting white students as persons from whom blacks need to be separated; that whites are an intimidating presence…”

“The universities are creating racists out of students because, in effect, it is painting white students as persons from whom blacks need to be separated; that whites are an intimidating presence,” Professor Hill told The Fix. “The whole all-black-graduation ceremony phenomenon is predicated on the DEI axis, with an emphasis on inclusion.”


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henrybowman | March 8, 2023 at 9:26 am

It’s “open to all who are interested.”
Like the Dexter Lake Club.

JackinSilverSpring | March 8, 2023 at 9:28 am

1: Don’t these brainiacs at the University of Chicago understand this is the old-South style segregation of blacks? Separate “but” equal .
2: As an alumnus of the U of C economics department (Ph.D. ’74) I am terribly disappointed that the university’s administration is not putting a stop to this.

The Gentle Grizzly | March 8, 2023 at 1:27 pm

(Putting on my down-tick protective gear…)

Maybe the well-intentioned folks back in the 1950s and 1960s who fought so hard for integration had it wrong? There sure seem to be a lot of blacks, er, Blacks who want separate dorms and separate ceremonies. Go into the dining commons; Blacks are all self-segregated at a particular group of tables, and now brown, yellow, or white DARE think of sitting there. Out in the commercial world, non-Blacks are not exactly welcome in Black areas.

Time to change course?

OldProf2 | March 8, 2023 at 2:50 pm

Once again, George Wallace would be pleased and proud. He advocated “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” It looks like the DEI folks are following his instructions, while making Black students think they are being treated special.

olafauer | March 8, 2023 at 7:10 pm

Maybe Dexter is on to something.

Bloppo | March 9, 2023 at 9:48 am

Likely a method to allow the regular main graduation ceremony to occur with traditional decorum while the segregated black ceremony can contain the shrieking and ooking and dancing across the stage and possibly the gun fire that accompanies so many black events.

Voice_of_Reason | March 9, 2023 at 12:45 pm

A cynic might say that’s fine, since many of them only got admitted because of affirmative action, they don’t deserve to graduate with Asian students who were admitted on merit.

BierceAmbrose | March 13, 2023 at 10:09 pm

in a weird synchronicity, I was reading up on (introductory-level) category theory just yesterday, mostly to refresh my handle on equivalence classes.

If we make graduations different enough, we break the use of simply saying “I had a graduation.” Gratuemtated doesn’t mean much as an indicator any more. People carrying that event aren’t “the same” any more.

With different programs, standards, now gradations, what’s Graduated from U-Chicago say as an equivalence class? What can we know is the same among all of them when the Black-Graduated did something diffrent from the White-Graduated?

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