Book Review by Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
No Campus for White Men by Scott Greer shines a bright light on the growing obsession with diversity, victimization and identity politics on today’s college campuses, and shows how it is creating an intensely hostile and fearful atmosphere that can only lead, ultimately, to ever greater polarization in American society. You can order the book on Amazon by clicking on the book cover image or the title link.
During the past few days articles have appeared that describe growing hostility to whites particularly white men, and an increasingly divided racial environment. College administrators love to proclaim their diversity, but, in fact, they are proclaiming quite the opposite.
A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”
The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus demonstrationsto pressure administrators to cave, complaining in a newly launched petition that President Mark Schlissel has snubbed their demands.
The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students in the center of campus.
The demands caught the attention of the Michigan Review, an independent student news outlet which first reported on the issue — and criticized it.
“The same organization that criticizes the University for failing to create ‘an environment that engages in diversity, equity and inclusion,’ is calling upon the University to undermine these ideals by facilitating a sort of de facto segregation? One where space and resources are designated for students based solely on the color of their skin?” the Review wrote.
“To advocate for the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion, while simultaneously calling upon the University to sanction these spaces on campus is both unprincipled and laughably regressive,” it added.
Mary Favret, an English professor at Johns Hopkins University, is focused on the 19th Century British author Jane Austen and how she contributed to white supremacy.
- When and how Jane Austen comforted whiteness?
- Is Jane Austen taught in HBCUs?
- Was there an influence on black writers?
- Can we read Jane Austen alongside authors of color?
She analyzed Jane Austen’s “whiteness” and how this “romance of the Anglo-Saxon-ness” pervaded white culture from the United Kingdom to the American colonies. Favret called it, “hashtag #AustenSoWhite” a reference to the social media boycott of the annual Hollywood awards show The Oscars for not including minorities. She asked, “When and how does Austen give comfort to whiteness?” Her main point of criticism circled around how black history was not addressed in Austen’s literature. She said that Austen created “a world where blackness and whiteness are never interrogated…no Ku Klux Klan, no gender and class… [but] heterosexual laws and conjugance, yes.”
No Campus for White Men shines a light on this new campus racial insanity, just the latest in a series of new educational trends that fail to educate.