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Let the segregation commence…


“Let the segregation commence” says New York’s City Journal about the UCLA graduation ceremony. This year Mexicans, Hispanics other than Mexicans, Blacks, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and others will all be having separate race-based graduation ceremonies. There is even a gay ceremony and a ceremony for feminists. Campus officials are having trouble trying to accommodate the multitude of ceremonies.

City Journal…

But the core reason for separatist graduations is the obvious one: on campus, assimilation is a hostile force, the domestic version of American imperialism. On many campuses, identity-group training begins with separate freshman orientation programs for nonwhites, who arrive earlier and are encouraged to bond before the first Caucasian freshmen arrive. Some schools have separate orientations for gays as well. Administrations tend to foster separatism by arguing that bias is everywhere, justifying double standards that favor identity groups.

Four years ago Ward Connerly, then a regent of the University of California, tried to pass a resolution to stop funding of ethnic graduations and gay freshman orientations. He changed his mind and asked to withdraw his proposal, but the regents wanted to vote on it and defeated it in committee 6–3.

No major objections to ethnic graduations have emerged since. As in so many areas of American life, the preposterous is now normal.

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