Rule Five “That’s Racist” Friday

The definition of ironynoun, plural ironies. 1.the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

 There’s such a thing as unintentional irony, as well.  Much of the talk about race in the United States today presents a great example of unintentional irony.

Here’s an example:  Last fall Cal State in LA offered segregated dorms.  That’s right; segregation, in California.  As in, all-black dorms.

That’s racist.

While we’re examining definitions, here’s one for ‘racism:’ noun  1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.

Demanding a segregated dorm is racist, by definition; claiming a right to housing separated from other students based on the melanin content of their skin is, by definition, racist.  And let’s be honest, at least amongst ourselves;  if white students were to demand a whites-only dorm, the cries of outrage would be deafening.  Now, there’s such a thing as freedom of association, and I would never claim that people shouldn’t be free to associate with whomever they please, for whatever reason they please; but that doesn’t make them any less racist if they judge their fellows as per the definition above.  And it’s important to note that this university is a taxpayer-funded institution, and as such is presumably subject to  the several Imperial anti-discrimination statutes.

Here’s another example:  According to the University of Oregon’s “Men’s Center,” white men cannot be discriminated against, because privilege, or something.

That’s racist.

There are few things as stupid as judging people by the group.  You can only judge people as individuals, and intelligent people judge individuals not by melanin content, not by the acts of their ancestors, not by the shape of their eyes or the color of their hair but by their actions.

You know – not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  That has a familiar ring to it, does it not?

But even more pernicious – and even more racist, or sexist, or whatever -ist you are concerned with – is the concept of group “rights.”  Only individuals have rights.  There are no women’s rights, or gay rights, or black rights, or Asian rights, or white rights.  There are only human rights, natural rights, and they are the same – exactly the same – for every living person on the planet.

It would be a better world if folks could wrap their heads around that idea.

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  • Matthew Stuchlak

    Worth noting this isn’t actually true- per the NY Times, the dorm’s open to all students, not just black ones.

    • Got a link? I’ll happily stand corrected if that’s true.