“Some say it is unfair to hold disadvantaged children to rigorous standards. I say it is discrimination to require anything less–-the soft bigotry of low expectations.”George W Bush in his campaign speech to the NAACP (2000)
The Left loves to think that they hold the moral high ground on who is the most forward thinking, open minded and non-discriminatory entity in the country, no, the entire planet. With their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives pushed in schools, higher ed, the work place etc., they label themselves “culturally competent”, “anti-racist”, “inclusive”, “celebrating diversity”, and “progressive”. In contrast, they label values such as color-blindness, hard work, resilience, breaking the cycles of poverty and dysfunction and even punctuality as “privileged” and “discriminatory”.
In order to be “woke”, another term they throw around frequently, you must believe that everyone has the capacity to succeed regardless of color, and yet fight against color-blind, merit based admissions and hiring practices. You have to think that people of color are “slaves” to their past history and are still chained down by inequalities outlawed decades if not over a century ago. This must be the reason so many communities are plagued by domestic violence, crime, poverty and abuse of its most vulnerable. This is the reason so many children fail in school and go into the “school to prison pipeline”: “systemic racism”, not unsupportive families who don’t value education, a culture that values street cred over a professional credential, and school administrators who feel the only way to prevent dropping out is to lower the bar for academic and behavioral expectations. You have to believe that a strong work ethic, dedication, resilience, punctuality, etc. are all “white values”, and expecting your students or employees of color to embrace them is not “culturally competent”.
Now, it’s one thing to try to force everyone into one narrow mold, as success can come in may different ways. However, there are common values and ambitions that lead to all types of successful outcomes. Among them are hard work, a strong work ethic, determination, resilience in the face of adversity, showing up on time and keeping your commitments, and valuing the opportunity to advance yourself through education, vocational training, etc. The Left counterargues “It isn’t fair to hold marginalized groups to a white privileged standard that is inaccessible to them.”, yet I’d argue that reveals their own form of bigotry: the (not-so-soft) bigotry of low expectations.
After all, who said those values were white values?
If punctuality is a white cultural value then is lateness a Black value? If “pulling oneself up by their bootstraps” is too white, conversely victimhood and dependency must be the established norm for the less pale among us. If earning one’s good fortune through one’s own merits is white privilege, then of course any non-white person could never hope to attain success and must be given handouts since they’re incapable of anything else. In short, the only conclusion then is the white race OWNS success! Yeah, totally not racist….
While we’re at it, here are some more “inclusive”, “culturally competent” things I’ve heard:
Slavery made it impossible for black families to have a traditional nuclear family structure and is the cause of rampant familial instability.
It’s the weight of historical oppression by the white race that’s the true cause of substance abuse, domestic violence and broken homes in communities of color, not an individual’s choice to terrorize their family.
We have to hire someone because of their race, not their credentials, as a white person would get the job otherwise.
A lifestyle of crime is a legitimate way communities of color can get out of poverty so we can’t judge and prosecute those crimes.
Traditional academic grading and expecting punctuality are incongruent with non-white cultural norms.
Common courtesies and appropriate behavior in the workplace or the classroom is a white norm that ought to be deconstructed.
Meritocracy is a “myth”, the idea that hard work yields success is a white idea.
Welfare programs are a staple for communities of color since of course, “systemic racism”.
It’s racist to ask for voter ID’s as people of color don’t have access to identification papers such as a passport, drivers license, social security card etc. nor can they access the internet.
Professionalism is a white norm that excludes minorities.
And what does all this teach minority youth? You’re incapable. You’re incapable of having a stable family. You’re incapable of building a safe community. You’re incapable of reaching your dreams through your own hard work. You’re incapable of developing values like dependability, integrity, resiliency, honesty, etc. You can’t get those grades unless they’re scaled down to “your level”. You can’t take accountability for how your choices affect you and others. The only reason you got the job was because they need a minority quota. You can’t imagine a lifestyle that doesn’t involve government handouts. The only way to succeed is if others lower the bar for you. Why? Because you aren’t white.
I ask you, what could be more bigoted than that?
“To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by society.”Thomas Sowell