Southern University Launches Social Justice Initiative, Tells Students They’re ‘Harmed’ and ‘Need’ Affirmation – Opinion

The south certainly is not an exception to social justice.

Case in point: At Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, a new system’s in place.

The school launched the Social Justice CARE website on April 7, 2010.

CARE stands as Community, Action and Restoration.

According to its website, the company is “situationally aware”.

Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network recognizes that our Black students are struggling with systemic racism in our society. The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused discrimination and distress among our Asian students.

It’s anti-harm:

It is clear that students from marginalized identities are also suffering pain and distress due to conscious and unconscious bias.

And just to be clear, it’s also anti-ism:

Student Care Network strongly rejects racism, police brutality and violence towards Black people.

Affirmation is essential for adolescents

We stand with you in solidarity, we advocate for you, are here to support you, and recognize that you need affirmation and support. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We acknowledge that harm experienced by any community member is damaging to our collective community.

Social Justice CARE invites “all students to explore [the provided] resources as a path toward understanding and healing.”

And it’s all arranged according to identity:

[T]The resources are organized by ethnicity and race. According to social justice, this refers broadly to the elimination of all forms of inequality.

For “Community,” the following resources are supplied:

  • Center Link – The Community of LGBT Centers | LGBTQI2S+ Students
  • Modern Military Association of America – LGBTQI2S+ Students| LGBTQI2S+ Students
  • PFLAG | LGBTQI2S+ Students
  • GLAD Racial Justice Resources – Black Students| Black Students
  • Black International Students/Africa Diaspora| Black International Students / African Diaspora
  • The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. | Black Womxn Identified Students
  • Greater Nashville Chinese Association | East Asian/ East Asian American Students
  • WAVES Community – East Asian/East Asian American Students| East Asian/ East Asian American Students
  • Greater Nashville Chinese Association | Chinese/Chinese American Students
  • Planned Parenthood in Tennessee and North Mississippi | Womxn
  • The Mighty Disabled Student| Disabled Students
  • iWeigh Radical Inclusivity | All Identities

“Education” identity groups are as follows:

  • Asian Mental Health Collective + Mental health Mukbang podcast | AAPI Students
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum | AAPI Students
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies | Indigenous Peoples
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights – Immigrants| Immigrants
  • Out & Equal – Workplace Advocates | LGBTQIA+ Students
  • Campus Pride for LGBTQIA+ Students| LGBTQIA+ Students
  • GLAAD Accelerating Admission 2020 Report | LGBTQIA+ Students
  • Talking about Race – resources from National Museum of African American History and Culture | Black Students
  • Black Students | Black Students
  • Latinx Student| Latinx Students
  • National LatinX Psychological Association | journal article) | Latinx Students
  • Womxn| Womxn
  • Feminism 101 Blog | Womxn
  • Students with Disabilities| Students with Disabilities
  • Neurodiverse Students| Neurodiverse Students
  • Neurodiversity Network | Neurodiverse Students
  • Systemic Racism: Video Series | All Identities
  • Anti Racism Resource Guide | All Identities
  • All Identities| All Identities
  • Library Research Guides – University of Dayton: Resources for Anti-Racist Allies | All Identities

It’s an interesting combination of components: The program references Martin Luther King — a man who preached colorblind integration — yet it seems intent upon separation.

And it touts “antiracism,” defined thusly by UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw:

“[It’s] the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance.”

In such a short time, so much has happened. For a few decades following MLK’s (and others’) leadership, America appeared to be strengthening by way of unity. This trend appears to be completely reversed. We are now once again segregated, as the small-group divisions are told they’re “harmed” and must be “affirmed.”

Moreover, they’re “marginalized” — not merely in the statistical margins, but “-ized,” acted upon by an oppressive force.

In 50 years, where will we be? If we continue along our current path, despite great contemporary talk of personal “pride” and “empowerment,” Americans don’t seem bound to possess either. As I see them, these qualities can be described as individual strengths.

As for the country as a whole, such a thing can’t exist if we’re only fragments kept apart. Hopefully, we’ll somehow find our way back to “one nation, under God.”



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