Racism in America has once again taken a huge leap forward with the acceptance of racist tendencies. Like many objectionable virus type thinking, if it’s not stomped out as soon as it sees the light of day, it will spread very prolifically.
Unfortunately, movements like Black Lives Matter and other special interest groups have pushed the narrative that because their groups faced discrimination in the past, they are allowed to put that on others now. Sadly, they’ve taken that liberty and run with it, because the racism that was once almost extinguished, is now again flourishing.
While fringe groups inspired by the KKK still exist, they’re by in large, just that, a fringe. However, the discrimination against traditionally non-discriminated groups, especially Caucasians, are on the rise. There are now even groups that won’t allow white people into their events, or centers.
While this might seem like a backward world, where those who so loudly protested racism are now exercising it, it’s not at all a futuristic issue, it is upon us now. The Claremont Independent reports that a group has gone so far as to proudly post about their “no whites allowed” parties on social media:
Organized by Scripps’s Latinx group “Cafe con Leche”, the event was announced via Facebook (click here for archived description) under the claim of being the “first ever POC [person of color] pool party in [Clare]mont”.
The three-hour use of Scripps’ Sallie Tiernan House Pool is aimed at the creation of “a safe space for 5C students that identify as POC to come together and build community,” and will be open to only students identifying as POC attending the Claremont Colleges, a consortium which also includes Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Harvey Mudd College. The event is set to take place between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, after the pool’s normal hours of operation.
Cafe con Leche also advertised the event on its own Facebook page, adding in its post that the pool party will be ‘POC ONLYYYY.’ Cafe con Leche is a registered student club at Scripps College. Its stated goal is to ‘provide a forum for the discussion of social, political, and economic issues that affect women, particularly those of Latinx decent.’ The group also claims to be welcoming of all members of the Scripps College community:
‘We welcome all members of the Scripps community regardless of racial and cultural heritage to join us in this pursuit.’
The event, sanctioned by the college, appears to violate Scripps’s anti-discriminatory policy. The policy reads, ‘Scripps College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity, and no differentiation will be made based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or the presence of a disability.’ This event is clearly advertised as a party for individuals that identify as people of color to the exclusion of white students.
Even if the event is in accordance with Scripps College policy, it may run afoul of federal law. Because Scripps College receives federal assistance, it is bound by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI states, “Schools and colleges that receive federal funds must operate without discriminating when it comes to race, color, and national origin.” Educational programs and services that must abide by this law include recreational facilities such as Sallie Tiernan House Pool. Consequences for violations of Title VI can include loss of any sort of federal assistance. It is unclear whether hosting the pool party after regular hours affects the application of civil rights legislature.
However, one student attending Pomona College told the Independent that he believes the pool party is exclusive in nature: ‘I am white-passing with a diverse friend group, most of whom were invited to this party except for me.’
‘Talking to my friends, I felt as though the hosts of the event had gone through people’s social media profiles to determine their skin color and then explicitly allowed or denied people admission to the event on the sole basis of their skin color,’ he added.
The organizers also posted a link to a form to let those invited notify who the hosts should keep out of the pool party:
“Here’s a link to anonymously let us know of people that would keep this experience from being a safe and comfortable one.”
The event description of the pool party ends with ‘It’s a great time to enjoy a pool party by the people and (more importantly) FOR THE PEOPLE!!’ However it’s clear that ‘for the people’ actually means for the people—of the race(s) the organizers deem acceptable to let into this party.
Anyone with even a casual understanding of history can see that while the names have been changed, this is an exact repeat of what has happened multiple times in the past. A race which has fallen from grace is first torn down verbally, then attacked, unsanctioned by the law, and then the government is infiltrated by the hate mongers and the begin to change the way the government works to allow the abuse.
If racism is bad, it’s bad no matter who it is being perpetrated against. When we begin to understand that, only then will Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of not seeing color, become a reality.