One of America’s most prestigious and “forward thinking” universities is preparing for graduation, by turning the clock back 50 years. Conservatives have long since acknowledged that race relations in the country were devastated during Obama’s reign. And Harvard is proving them right by allowing a blacks only graduation ceremony,
Of course in their write-up on the ceremonies, Black Entertainment Television, says it’s not about “segregation,” but rather it is about highlighting the “struggles” of minorities.
“Aside from studying and taking grueling tests, if you’re a minority, the outer pressures of society make the already challenging coursework even more difficult. Knowing this, Black members of the class of 2017 decided to form an individual ceremony. It’s the first of its kind at the school in recent memory and took nearly a year to plan.”
It’s hard to imagine that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would agree. In his historic fight for civil rights, he worked tirelessly to prevent attitudes such as these. Dr. King envisioned a country where all people embraced the struggles of life together. He prayed for the day when individuals would be “judged on the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.” Yet, here we are five decades later, and the new motto is…
Inclusion by Segregation
The idea that any young person who manages to attend and graduate from Harvard could understand that struggle is woefully naïve. Sure, they likely felt the pressure of rigorous class schedules, the typical social pressure to conform, and the usual worries about the future. However, show me a college student that hasn’t shared those same concerns.
No, this is about something bigger. “This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance,” Michael Huggins, a soon-to-become Masters graduate from Harvard’s Kennedy School,
“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance,” Michael Huggins, a soon-to-become Masters graduate from Harvard’s Kennedy School, told The Root. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”
Segregation by choice or by force, the result is the same–segregation.