Colleges and Universities are creating lists. No, not the one my title infers, the one that is created from the names of those who do not sign their Black Lives Matter Statement and Antiracism Pledge.
The University of Southern Maine “pledge” says some beautiful things about protecting the lives of Americans who happen to be black, and it seeks to embed that thinking in their culture. But it is indifferent or ignores (deliberately or accidentally) a critical fact. The National Organization of the same name does not share those ideas.
We recognize that to reach our goals — to be student-focused every day, to be a great university to work for, and to uphold the principles of equity and justice — we must add our voices to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Black Lives Matters is not a group that cares about the lives of Blacks. It is a group that uses the idea of caring to advance an ideology and agenda that harms Black Americans.
Maybe you agree with the political goals of BLM and view the loss of any lives as grease for the wheel of progress. That aligns with the promise of Marxism, though you’d be mistaken to think that part of it goes away if the Revolution succeeds. You should, however, recognize the purpose of any pledge to the product of that Revolution. It looks similar to the one used by the University of Southern Maine (USM).
Its purpose is not to collect the names of those like-minded folks who support the cause. It is to identify people who did not. It is a loyalty oath. If you are not sure or disagree with any part of it and refuse to add your name or allegiance, you are blacklisted.
What that looks like depends on who is on the list, but if you have been paying any attention to the explosion of Campus intolerance you onto the Fruited Plaines, you’ll have a sensed the complication. The University will publish the list for the sole purpose of ensuring everyone knows who is not on it.
If you are not on it, you will be labeled both a racist and not an antiracist. What’s an antiracist, you ask. Racism, of course.
The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination. The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.
It’s Not Just USM
Pledges are popping up all over, which means we are as likely to see them in New Hampshire as you are in your State; for a lot that cries for Academic diversity, they are predictably the opposite. And they will not all be private. Some will be spending money you did not give them freely but that they leveraged out of your pocket by lobbying elected legislators.
And your objections will be noted and filed away for after the Revolution. Or, maybe they won’t wait that long.
You know what you don’t hear much from the Left these days. Accusations of McCarthyism from the right. That’s because they are too busy making lists and taking names.
And not just about pledges and oaths but masks, distancing, and eventually vaccines. And no, there is no difference in the planning, deployment, or purpose. It is to make a list of who will not conform.