Mary Mitchell asks about Northwestern U. students objecting to denial of honorary degree to Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
what kind of education would these black students be getting if they stood by and did nothing while the university engages in what looks like a grave injustice[?]
Being students at a highly rated school offering great opportunities for personal and professional advancement, they would be doing very nicely, especially if they also quit their self-segregating organization, “For Members Only, the Black Student Alliance” and concentrated on being assimilated into the greater society eager to have them if only to remove guilt feelings.
They have the chance to make the “gift of innocence” to whites, as Shelby Steele puts it, but instead they muck around in black woundedness and protest.
They might also learn to ditch this bromidic phrase, applied to America’s most famous black preacher and quoted seriously by Mitchell as aider and abettor of their foolish course
“What is happening is they are demonizing a black man,”