Headlines that originate from major college universities are PSAs for trade schools.
Recently, the student newspaper at the prestigious Northwestern University published an article asserting that “white people walk awkwardly on sidewalks” because of “internalized racism.”
The opinion editor for the Daily Northwestern headlined the column with a question: “Are the sidewalks at Northwestern too white, too?”
In Opinion: “Essentially every aspect of our society… has been shaped by a racist legacy. Uprooting that White supremacy requires both recognizing its scale and disrupting it,” writes Opinion Editor Kenny Allen. https://t.co/tZDRkppSjs
— The Daily Northwestern (@thedailynu) April 6, 2021
The article, that the college is rather proud of, is simply curious whether racism is to blame for the way white people walk on sidewalks.
“When I first got to Northwestern, I wondered why walking around on campus could be so frustrating,” the column begins. “Even when sidewalks were relatively empty, I would often have to walk way around people to pass without bumping into them. At first, I chalked it up to the geographic diversity of the school; maybe the people that came to this school were used to different ways of moving through a public place. But after talking to my black friends about my experience, they echoed it: people at this predominantly white school would not move out of our way on the sidewalk.”
How is deciding whether to move out of the way on a sidewalk racist? Asking that question is racist. Don’t ever do it again.
After quoting a quiz to see just how racist a college is, the paper went on to detail the racist ways white people walk on sidewalks:
“Almost everybody in the United States gets some sort of education about Jim Crow segregation. Black people had to attend different schools, weren’t allowed to vote and didn’t have any legal protection from discrimination. These laws helped to create an image of Black inferiority after the abolition of slavery. And that sentiment trickled down to the way people interact on an interpersonal level.”
Nope, didn’t explain it there either.
It goes on:
“The formal rules of Jim Crow were accompanied by a set of informal ones that governed the way black people approached white people in public space and vice versa. That social order required black people to yield to white people whenever possible. Both sets of rules told white people that they were superior and black people that they were inferior — and that this pattern of subjugation was the natural way for things to be. Black people were made to show deference to white people any time they interacted. One of the ways they were made to do so was by stepping off the sidewalk when a white person was walking past.”
Got that? White people walk on sidewalks in 2021 to honor Jim Crow.
Here’s the final paragraph, summing up how racist white people are when they walk:
“Many white people walk around campus having unknowingly absorbed this particular facet of white supremacy, and the leaders of the institution do little to make us believe that white supremacy is something worth challenging in the first place. This is not to say that giving people space in public is a way to be anti-racist; the sidewalk question is just one way in which black people are made to feel unwelcome. This is to say that essentially every aspect of our society, including the way we physically move through space, has been shaped by a racist legacy. Uprooting that white supremacy requires both recognizing its scale and disrupting it however it shows up.”
Did you see it? Adding “anti-racist” to that line ensured a campus-wide (mostly on Zoom) push to get this article out to the public.
Do you know what I call rude people who won’t get out of other people’s way while walking? New Yorkers. White New Yorkers, black New Yorkers, blue New Yorkers, and green New Yorkers. By Northwestern’s logic, every New Yorker is now a white supremacist.
In an interview with OutKick on Monday, Jesse Kelly of The First TV described the current state of the college system:
“My thought is that the entire college system in the United States of America should be razed to the ground, every employee should be fired, and every building should be burned down.
“Why? Just to remind everyone how absolutely poisonous it is when you send your kids off to Communist training camps, where they learn to hate the country that has blessed them so much. That’s my thought.
“The university system in the United States of America is broken and beyond repair. It’s flat-out anti-America.”
The key line: colleges and universities are where young people “learn to hate the country that has blessed them so much.”
That’s exactly what this Northwestern column tried to accomplish. Pathetic.