Progressive About-Face: Where We Stand

Leftism DESTROYS true social progress.

Instead of one step forward, we keep taking two steps back.

by: Peter Serefine

Honestly, it doesn’t matter where you stand. Whether you’re a liberal, conservative, democrat, republican, straight, gay, white, or black, the truth is clear. When you look at social progress objectively, the last 65 years are a wash. Everything we worked for is now destroyed in the name of progress.

The education system is the most obvious example of this U-turn.  Desegregation of public schools was mandated by the US Supreme Court through Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.  This was a huge victory in the fight against racism for the civil rights movement.  Racism, in any form, is deplorable.

Where has the education system gone since that landmark decision?

On September 7th, 2016, the Huffington Post reported California State University Los Angeles decided to segregate dormitories for the black students requesting all black housing.

“For fall 2016, the school introduced a new choice, the Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community, after the Los Angeles campus’ Black Student Union penned a letter to the university describing racist attacks and “micro-aggressions” that left them feeling unsafe.”

Sixty-two years after segregation was adjudicated by the high court to be unconstitutional, these black students are requesting and have been granted segregated housing.  Progress didn’t stop there.  The Washington Examiner reports on 5/21/2019 that a large number of colleges are now offering optional black-only commencement ceremonies.

“A new report by the National Association of Scholars has identified more than 75 schools offering segregated graduations. These supplemental commencement ceremonies are offered in addition to the universities’ regular graduation ceremonies and are not mandatory.”

Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education black students can request segregated housing and segregated graduation ceremonies. Don’t forget that these students could have also applied to black-only scholarships.  If these were white only dorms, scholarships, and commencements the progressives would be all over the lawsuits. I can see it now, Michael Avenatti would lead the charge. According to modern progressives, it’s only racism if you’re white.

Civil Rights Discarded

Sadly, leftists toss their civil rights aside, as if they weren’t earned by blood.

According to Forbes:

Civil rights leaders put their lives on the line working for a color-blind, non-race determined society, most memorably King when he articulated his dream where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  The bitter struggle to break down racial distinctions in education lasted for decades, yet now universities are reintroducing segregation, making race the primary determinant of student participation in some activities, such as black student unions or race-based housing facilities.

College administrators facilitate this by constantly harping on race. They hire “diversity” coordinators in large numbers to check on the racial complexion of students, faculty, other staff and even contractors. If diversity has any educational virtue, it is in the notion that individuals will intermix with others with different traits–perhaps students coming from another area of the world, or having a different sexual orientation, socioeconomic background–or skin color.

The idea is people become more tolerant, more understanding of alternative perspectives when they are exposed to individuals markedly different from themselves. Yet having all-black dorms or recreational areas is anti-diversity. In an Orwellian twist, the diversity coordinators are stifling interaction between people of different races. A news report says the new diversity czar at my university, Ohio University, is wanting to create a workout room in the campus recreational center open only for minority students–white students, who pay student activity fees to support the center, would be excluded.

Skin Color Isn’t the Only Challenge

Don’t think for a moment that the color of your skin is the only area where progress is making an about face in our education system. Religion has been all but removed from primary schools during my lifetime. It started with the morning prayer. In 1962, it was ruled a violation of the first amendment. Ironically, the same amendment that guarantees the right to free speech also prevents the establishment of one religion. Yet many schools continued the practice well into the 1980s. Eventually, the morning prayer was first renamed a moment of silence. Today, few students recognize that moment as their right to begin the day in prayer.

Even the pledge of allegiance is repeatedly challenged in court because of the line, “One nation under God.” Hundreds of school districts now call the pledge optional.  And while leftists fight to remove God, Islam is forced upon our children.

Forced Indoctrination

Now Islam is being brought into our public schools. Last year, Nashville middle-schoolers forced to visit a mosque were directed to embrace the practices of Islam.

As we previously reported:

Dina Sirois, operations director of the mosque, told students they would “talk about beliefs and practices in Islam.” Then she systematically insinuated Islam is superior to Christianity and Judaism. Her remarks were not at all the balanced, open interpretation she pretended they were.

In fact, her negative bias is evident in sentence after sentence. The Tennessee Star received an audio recording of the presentation Sirois made. Following a set of slides, Sirois discussed her preference for Islamic religious doctrine.

Sirois failed to mention the abhorrent treatment of women under Sharia Law. Instead, children were flat-out brain-washed.

Sadly, the courts don’t even protect our children anymore.

According to the Washington Post:

As a high school junior, Caleigh Wood refused to complete a history lesson on “The Muslim World” that she said forced her to embrace Islam in conflict with her Christian faith — and the Constitution.

A federal appeals court this week disagreed, saying school officials in Southern Maryland had not violated Wood’s First Amendment rights because the curriculum did not endorse a particular religion “and did not compel Wood to profess any belief.”

“School authorities, not the courts, are charged with the responsibility of deciding what speech is appropriate in the classroom,” wrote Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, who was joined by Judges Pamela Harris and James A. Wynn Jr. “Academic freedom would not long survive in an environment in which courts micromanage school curricula and parse singular statements made by teachers.”

Progressives No Longer Support Progress.

First progress fought to end racial segregation in schools.  Then reversed the fight to allow racial segregation as an option, but only for black students. Then, progress fought for decades to remove religion from public schools. Now, the fight did an about face to put religion back in schools, but only Islam.  These are only two easily documented and current examples of the reversals of the progressive movement to fit the current progressive narrative.  Sadly, there are hundreds more.

*Peter Serefine is the author of “Progress, Really?” and a new contributor at The Black Sphere. Comment and let us know what you think.

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