Stop white people.
That's the course name and that's the hashtag -- #StopWhitePeople2k16.
And if you think that's racist, you're racist.
That seems to be the message out of the State University of New York campus at Binghamton, a small Rust Belt city in the impoverished Southern Tier of New York. As this year's resident assistants are gathering to campus, they are -- according to a barely comprehensible student newspaper -- being required to take a short course called #StopWhitePeople2k16.
The purpose is to teach these student supervisors of the dorms how to speak to "uneducated" students who may balk at the notion that "white privilege" defines all of life and accurately casts white people as the devils of society. Apparently, some of these uneducated people come to campus and believe that programs which advantage minorities might simultaneously be discriminating against whites.
"Reverse racism" is apparently a phrase not tolerated on campus.
It seems to be, in the mind of SUNY Binghamton, that RAs are the front line of the fight against such counter-revolutionary speech. This course tells them how to silence the unorthodox speech and, presumably, stop any unacceptable thought.
Of course, some might think that's outside the job description of RAs, who -- at a progressive college like this -- have as their primary responsibilities handing out free condoms and keeping the Narcan handy.
But no, it's social engineering, and the intolerant orthodoxy of the progressive left.
This is the Hillary Clinton side of the world, and if you want to get ahead, you better think the way they think. And so RAs are being trained to welcome the new crop of 18-year-olds with the mission statement StopWhitePeople.
It's all part of the left's war against traditional American culture and values, and the specific portion of that targeted at debasing the role and acceptance of white people in society. Just as during the evils of slavery black people were told that they were morally, intellectually and politically inferior, in today's social enshackling of white people, a similar tale of moral, intellectual and political inferiority has begun to be told.
To break a horse, you must first convince it that you are its superior. And so increasingly in our society, in the name of lifting non-white people, we actually are debasing white people. The goal is not to lift all to one plane, it is to forge a coalition of the aggrieved by focusing upset on white people and to facilitate that by convincing white people that they are the evil spawn of evil forebearers.
The catch phrase is "structural racism" and it claims that all whites are beneficiaries of racism and therefore culpable for racism and therefore worthy of punishment, and that all of America's institutions and laws were created to benefit whites by oppressing minorities -- specifically blacks. This dogma was preached at the recent Democratic National Convention, it is in that party's platform, and it is a frequent topic for the president.
The great progressive refrain is that we must have a "dialogue about race."
But dialogue is not what is sought. There is no appetite or tolerance for a discussion about race, in which both sides are heard. What is sought is a harangue against whites and a denunciation of American history and government. The only dialogue about race which the wildly intolerant gods of political correctness will accept is that which is being taught to the RAs at #StopWhitePeople2k16.
All racial disparities in America, according to progressive orthodoxy, are the result of white racism. The criminal justice system, according to progressive orthodoxy, is a tool of white racism. The police, according to progressive orthodoxy, are the enforcers of white racism. The notion of elections and ownership of property, and such things as traditional definitions of family and self-reliance, are all functions of white racism, the progressives tell us.
And any claim that there is racial bigotry among non-whites themselves is rebuffed as more proof of white racism. Non-whites can't be racist, students have been taught for a generation, because they don't control the institutions of power. And now the enhanced message is that hatred of whites is righteous, not immoral, because, well, whites have it coming.
That's the message of #StopWhitePeople2k16.
Which is the message being taught students at a taxpayer-supported state college in rural New York.
Which makes you wonder why anyone would want to send either their taxes or their children there.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016