The most-troubling aspect of the current radicalism infecting college campuses around the country is the new level at which these radical appear to be operating. They reject mere equality as an antiquated goal and seek the legitimization of racial supremacy.
Case-in-point: a debate which raged at my former alma mater, the University of Oregon, highlights the absurdity of the new school of radical racially-charged ideology.
In the Erb Memorial Union, prominently displayed, has stood for decades the famous quote by Martin Luther King which preached a value of character and a disdain for policies predicated upon one’s skin color. The quote reads:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”
As the student body endeavored to spend more student money by renovating the memorial union, they reportedly entertained the notion that the quote should be removed as Dr. King’s plea for equality was not “inclusive” enough.
As the student union considered the renovation, some students questioned whether the quote was inclusive enough. “Does the MLK quote represent us today?” they questioned, noting that the message was fine, but did not focus on non-racial factors.
“Diversity is so much more than race,” one sophomore architecture major claimed. “Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that.”
If only Dr. King could have envisioned a day when the mentally ill had their delusions regarding gender identification validated, perhaps he could have catered his call for equality to include a call to validate pretend as reality.
Thankfully, the quote will remain. However, it is shocking that such massive deliberations occurred.
The King quote is the embodiment of the quest for equality. It promotes an idea that prejudice and racism should be swept aside and people should be judged by their character, not their skin color. That any could find this quote wanting in terms of diversity is not only ludicrous, it is downright dangerous.
Those who crusade across campuses for this new, undefined goal of supreme “equality” are not crusading for equality at all, but a supremacy that places all other groups above those of whites, Christians, heterosexuals and males.
In an odd twist, it should be noted that the King quote has adorned the walls since 1985 when another fabricated controversy prompted a removal of the previous quote which declared the University of Oregon “leader in the quest for the good life for all men.”
It was removed at the urging of feminists who could not abide the term “men” as it, too, was deemed to be not inclusive enough.