Is Black Privilege At Colleges On The Way Out?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

How many of you have been treated to stories and “news” commentaries about “white privilege” until it is literally coming out the kazoo? I have heard and read about it until I am thoroughly sick and tired of it–and most of the black people that try to chastise me with their pontifications about my “white privilege” seem to drive newer cars than we do and many have college educations, which I could not afford. I have often asked the question–just who ended up with all the “privilege?” But, of course, that is the forbidden question and you are automatically “racist” for even thinking it. It is, after all, “thoughtcrime.”  Says who???

It reminds me of the German socialist Donnie Kennedy and I wrote about in Lincoln’s Marxists, who, after the War of Northern Aggression was over, lectured Confederate General Richard Taylor about how to be a “real American.” Naturally his definition of a “real American” (socialist) was somewhat different than ours was.

And so it is with this “white privilege” charade. Many of the black “liberals” (socialists) that I have run across seem to have accrued lots more “privilege” than most white folks I know. It reminded me of when we first came to North Louisiana. I had a hard time finding work at first and one day my wife went to the nearest city and inquired about how you went about getting food stamps on a temporary basis if you were out of work. The lady she talked to was black, but not unfriendly, and she explained to my wife that, in this particular area, if you were not black, you could just about forget about any help. The help was for the black folks, not for the rest of us. So I concluded from that episode, which happened several years ago now, that part of our “white privilege” here was the privilege of being refused help that folks with darker skins got automatically. So please, don’t talk to me about “white privilege” because it’s all a pile of bovine fertilizer and most folks know it even if they don’t dare say it!

Along those lines, I read a New York Times article by a Charlie Savage for August 1, 2017 about the Trump administration preparing to “…redirect sources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants…The document, an internal announcement of the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on ‘investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions’.”  Question: if this document was an internal memo, where did the New York Times get a copy of it? Another “leak?”

It seems that this investigation may be run from the division’s front office, rather than the Justice Department’s Educational Opportunities Section. That fact may indicate a serious investigation. Time will tell, so stay tuned.

The Times article noted that Roger Clegg,  who was a former official in the civil rights division under Reagan, and then under Bush, and who is now president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has said that this new project is a “welcome” and “long overdue” development. Clegg said: “The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans as well.” It’s a good statement, but I’d disagree with him on one point. The civil rights laws were not written to protect everyone–they were written, originally, to encourage exactly what they do now–promote blacks over whites in a typical class struggle scenario–just like “reconstruction” after the War.

Lets be realistic–whites are discriminated  against, in spite of all the Leftist howling we hear from the Swamp to the contrary. I know of one company, right here in Louisiana that had a job opening a few years back. Folks from all races signed up to take the testing program for this job. I was told that the whites who took the test got higher scores than did most of the others–and when that fact became obvious to the test administrators, what they did was simply to pitch all the test results and start over with an entire new group of possible candidates, one that was more “racially inclusive” (meaning a black majority) and they went from there. So, in that particular case, having “white privilege” meant you got to be excluded from trying out for this job if you scored too high on the test. That seems to be how most of these programs work out.

So, if the Justice Department actually gets to where they can do something about this situation at the university level, then I am all for it. Naturally, the Leftists among us (and there are too many) will scream and moan because one of their pet entitlements may end up being removed (the ability to get in whether you qualify or not).  But that one has been around way too long anyway. I have seen it in operation since the 1960s, before I even had a clue as to what it was all about. I’d like to see someone finally begin to deal with it, despite all the ranting about “racism” from those on the Left, who, if the truth be known, are the real racists.

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Antifa a no-show at Gettysburg on 7/1

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Well, the anticipated protests and monument desecration at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1, 2017 proved to be a flash in the pan. Of course Antifa claimed they never planned to show up and create any problems to begin with, but who knows if that’s the truth or not? They pulled the same stunt in Marietta, Georgia a few months ago, so maybe they are getting their kicks out of saying they will be where they won’t be to see what reaction they get.

There was a heavy police presence in Gettysburg on July 1st and it was rumored that some of the SCV Mechanized Cavalry were going to be on hand also. One article I read noted that only a handful of pro-Confederate protesters showed up to combat any Antifa “activities” should they occur.

I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that Antifa looked at the whole entire situation and decided it might be better off for them if they passed on this one. They were probably not going to have the same situation they recently had in New Orleans where the mayor was sympathetic to them and told the cops to let them alone. It seems that some of their leadership may have a pretty fair country instinct as to where they can go and get by with their shenanigans and where they might go that would get them hurt if they push too hard–and these folks really don’t want to get hurt. I don’t know if those that finance their hooliganism won’t pay for hospital bills or what, but they seem to be like so many others on the Left, they don’t mind inflicting pain on others but they’d rather not bleed themselves.

And just because they said they didn’t plan this or that event is no reason to accept their word. In describing socialists, progressives” and others of that ilk, Ron Kennedy noted in his recent book Dixie Rising–Rules for Rebels that “They have no moral compunction to be truthful especially when dealing with Southern conservatives. As far as liberals are concerned, telling slanderous falsehoods about the South is virtuous (morally right from their humanist point of view) if it advances the liberal’s ‘social justice’ agenda. They show us no respect; therefore it would be both foolish and dangerous for us to show respect for their left-wing ideas.” And Antifa is most definitely a “social justice” organization. Therefore, whatever they tell you has to be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Whether they will even show up at Gettysburg or not over the weekend will have to be seen. But you can rest assured they ain’t going away and if you don’t see them sooner then you will see them later–wherever they figure they can protest with no pain and promote their Leftist agenda. Even the name of their organization is a charade. If anyone is fascist it is them.

Remember this folks, it is all part of “reconstruction” like the public school system, and “reconstruction” is ongoing!

A short update on July 3, 2017–Homeland Security in New Jersey has just listed Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization due to their attacks on supporters of President Trump around the country. I sure have not always agreed with Homeland Security on lots of things, but this time they got it right.

Segregated Integration

by Al Benson Jr.

Over fifty years ago this country was subjected to something called a “civil rights movement” supposedly because schools, restaurants and drinking fountains in the South were segregated. We were all dutifully informed by a compliant media that this was evil and “racist.”  Blacks and whites were not able to go to the same schools or use the same showers or whatever. The “civil rights movement” in our day has progressed to the point where boys calling themselves girls are now permitted in ladies bathrooms around the country. You can see we’ve come a long way–but in which direction? But back in the 1950s and 60s segregation was supposed to be evil and “racist” and so it had to be turned around, resisted, and gotten rid of, so we were told.

Having read a little about the “civil rights movement” over the years,  I was concerned that many of those involved seemed to spring almost unbidden from the far left part of the political spectrum, including many of the most well-known among them. Now, before the steam starts coming out of your ears, I am not saying that everyone in the civil rights movement was a communist (although it had its share). There were a lot of good people that got involved in it because of what they perceived as an injustice and who probably had no clue as to the leftward tilt of some of the leaders of the movement. And these good folks were used as window dressing to cover the activities of the more leftist-oriented in their ranks.

If you want a good expose’ of the civil rights movement, and one of the earliest, I would recommend a book by Alan Stang called It’s Very Simple–The true story of civil rights. Mr. Stang, now deceased, was an investigative reporter par excellence,  and dug into a  lot of stories over the years that most “investigative” reporters felt it was better, for the sake of their careers, to just leave alone. Alan’s book gives you some excellent observations on the civil rights movement and its leading luminaries . I believe it might still be available on Amazon.

Another good source is a book by Kent Steffgen called The Bondage of the Free–An examination of the civil rights movement. It was originally published in 1966 and reprinted in 2009 by The Institute for Southern Historical Review in Dahlonega, Georgia. You might try to see if it’s still available on Amazon. Both of these books give you a perspective on this movement you will never get on your evening newscast.

With the aid of the journalistic and political left the civil rights movement was finally able to get the courts and politicians to do away with segregation and integration became the law of the land, with open displays of black students being escorted to public schools to be integrated there by police, and we were treated to pictures of James Meredith being escorted to the University of Mississippi by the police, and the call was ever and anon for complete integration. Blacks were not supposed to be kept out of anyplace and whites were taught to be inclusive–or else!

So time has passed and we have now had several decades of forced integration where everybody gets thrown in with everybody else by federal edict. And at this point, if you are going to ask me if I have objections about sitting next to a black family in a restaurant, I don’t. I have had black friends over the years and, as Christians, we have often sat together and broke bread. But that has been our choice, not the government’s.

However, now that integration has been achieved, I have noticed a rather disturbing trend among many blacks, especially at the college level. Now that they have been thoroughly integrated into society, they have decided they are not sure that’s what they really want, they don’t seem to feel “safe” there, and so we are starting to see articles in the managed media about various colleges where blacks are demanding “no whites allowed space.” I guess you could call this segregated space away from white students. They wouldn’t use that term; they call it “safe” space, but what it amounts to, really, is segregated space.

An article I read on http://www.thecollegefix.com for January 6, 2016, written by Alec Dent–UNC Chapel Hill (North Carolina) said: “Black college students across the country have demanded that they be segregated from white peers,  calling for ‘safe spaces’ on campuses meant only for so-called students of color.” Some might look at that and consider it anti-white discrimination, but then, whites are the one group you can openly discriminate against and get away with it anymore. In fact it’s open season on them!

Demands for this sort of thing have been proliferating on campuses all across the country, with “local” university groups drawing up demands (many of which sound eerily similar to one another) “Underscoring that, students tend t hang out with similar students automatically…” Heavens to Abigail, some of us could have told them that fifty years ago when they were so busy trying to “integrate” all of us. They’ve finally discovered that amazing truth–and it only took them half a century! Man, that’s real progress! Maybe there’s hope for the “intellectuals” after all (but not much).

The article noted that this is going on at Oberlin College, at Scripps and Pomona colleges, and there have been others. One article I dug up mentioned the same thing at the University of Michigan. Another mentioned the University of Colorado at Boulder, and yet another mentioned American University. An article from http://www.frontpagemag.com for May 17, 2017, by Daniel Greenfield, noted that: “No whites allowed in college cafe due to black student demands.” Mr. Greenfield observed, quite astutely, that “Anti-racism is the new racism. Safe spaces are the new segregation.” He’s right on the money.

And so, the “civil rights movement”  has now “evolved” from integration with whites to reverse racism that excludes whites.

Knowing how these agendas from the left work, one can only wonder how long it will be before some brilliant leftist black professor in some college out on the Left Coast will “discover” that blacks and whites are not associating with one another as he would like and he will claim it’s all the fault of “white privilege” and so it will be time for a whole new “civil rights” crusade to begin.

Do you begin to get the feeling that we have all partaken of the scam before and in the next decade or so, we will be treated to a repeat performance?