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?