Are minority-targeted programs 'a form of political oppression'?

The National Association of Scholars released a new report Monday on the rise of “Neo-Segregation” in higher education, specifically, at Yale University.

The report is part of an ongoing series by the NAS, titled, “Separate but Equal, Again: Neo-Segregation in American Higher Education” which focuses on the voluntary segregation taking place on campus in the form of minority-targeted peer mentorship programs, separate graduation ceremonies, and orientations.

During the release event Monday night, which Campus Reform attended, primary author and lead researcher Dion J. Pierre made several remarks condemning this voluntary act of “separate but equal” ideology that plagues colleges across the country.

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“Cultural resources is a euphemism Yale uses to describe racially segregated cultural houses, ethnic deans, peer mentors, and other diversity bureaucrats. In practice, exploring missions related to racial identity means indoctrinating minority students to see their coming college experience through a racial lense,” Pierre warned. “Cultural connections also pair their minority students with an upperclassman mentor of their racial group thus solidifying racial identification as the foundation stone of the minority college inclusion experience.”

Pierre’s research concluded that out of 173 colleges across the country, nearly half offer segregated housing for racial minorities and almost three-quarters have segregated graduation ceremonies.

“Segregated graduation ceremonies are the penultimate form of neo-segregation before students are shipped off into segregated alumni groups of which they’ll be members for the rest of their lives,” Pierre pointed out. “[T]he idea, I guess is that minority students can’t network with white people - which is garbage.”

“Neo-segregation, however, does not foster inclusion [but] rather it reveals minority students’ concerning need for race nationalist ideas. We at the National Association of Scholars found this trend alarming,” Pierre explained. “It is our conviction that segregation in any form erodes our sense of national community, reduces the quality of intellectual life on campus, and perpetuates discredited racial thinking.”

Pierre went on to reference a conversation he had with two minority students at Brown University who told him that racial differences are more than “skin deep” and are “etched in biology.”

“It isn’t easy to say how we can fix this,” Pierre acknowledged, “But a problem can’t be fixed until we recognize it. Our mission first is to bring this problem to light.”

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“Once the public is alerted, I believe Americans will demand better from our colleges and universities. Exactly what that demand will look like is hard to say, but ultimately it will have to include the dismantling of the empire of diversicrats, ethnic deans, race counselors and the whole self serving industry of grievance mongers, racial divisionists and race hustlers.”

“The universities have had a free pass to do this nonsense for sixty years and enough is enough. Eighty thousand dollars a year so that kid can go and learn to hate their own country, to learn to be racist? When are people going to say no?”

“We’re held hostage to these colleges because everyone has to go to grow to become a decent person. You can’t get anywhere without a college education and these people are so entrenched in American life that we can’t avoid them. It’s time for an alternative.”

Peter Wood, president of NAS and co-author of the report, in a press release, declared that “neo-segregation harms the students it pretends to protect.”

“The real danger that faces minority students is being locked up in their fear of everyone else,” Wood continued. “Higher education should liberate them from this fear and give them the freedom to be full participants in American society. Neo-segregation is a disguised form of political oppression.”

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