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August 03, 2004

Boulder-dash

An article out about the University of Colorado's (Boulder) policy concerning it's "School and Society" freshman level class. Their Friday section of the class

is reserved for "students of color," (my emphasis)according to a course description. It is also open to those of any race who are first-generation college students. Other students can take the course, which is a requirement for education majors, but during a different period...University officials say the restricted class offers minority students "a much safer and open environment" in which to discuss issues of race, gender and class

This is wrong on so many levels. For starters it concedes the idiotic charge of White nationalists that "students of color" are somehow inferior and cannot compete on equal-footing with their white peers;

Student Antonia Gaona said she resented the course description's implicit message that minority students can't compete with whites. A senior of Hispanic descent, she's one of the three students represented by Mr. Corry. "I'm frustrated with programs like this because they force students to identify themselves on the basis of race," Miss Gaona said. "This is something students my age are trying to get beyond, being identified on the basis of their skin color.

It also creates artificial boundaries between groups and stops the creation of a "student body", which could lead to learning difficulties for everyone.

"It's like the university feels it needs to coddle minority students and have us work with students who only look like us, and that's not how the real world works," she added.

And it is simply unfair to white students, some of who need it for their degree in education.

But before you believe that UC Boulder is alone in this, here's an anecdote from my own life. Two years ago I worked with an East Asian Doctoral Student. At the time he was graduating and looking at getting a Law Degree from Lewis & Clark College. He left one week before the start of school to attend an orientation seminar for "minority, gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons" it was a week long seminar that concluded with a rafting and camping trip. So what you ask? So what that it was paid through student dues and excluded any straight non-minority.

Sadly, these people don't get the idea of integration, and are giving racists the fuel they need for their insanity.

Posted by scottm at 04:19 PM