“Diversity And Inclusion,” Georgetown Style

This story combines many Ethics Alarms themes of late: Georgetown University’s ethics corruption, progressive racial discrimination, woke hypocrisy, and, of course, The Great Stupid.

Georgetown’s Campus Ministry has scheduled to two events specifically for black students.  First is an online “Black Hoya Meditation” tomorrow, advertised as a gathering “grounded in belonging and centered on healing and wellness.”

Isn’t “belonging” the opposite of “inclusion” when it is limited my color or group membership? “Healing” from what? Presumably from all the white supremacy-inflicted carnage. Or something“It is our hope that Black Hoyas who join this community feel uplifted and celebrated for their mere existence and their contributions to the Georgetown community and to the world. In this space, we invite Black Hoyas to show up in their full authenticity and vulnerability,” says the announcement. Unstated but obvious: we hope the white Hoyas who, like all whites, exploit that vulnerability won’t turn up and be skunks at the picnic.

Speaking of picnics, the Campus Ministry is also sponsoring “The Cookout” on April 9 and 10. The retreat is advertised as “by Black students for Black students.” The description of this segregated party states.:

The Cookout is an undergraduate retreat created for Black students by Black students to promote joy, inspire hope, and explore practices of self-love and care for Black students, drawing on the values and practices of Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and other spiritual traditions. The Cookout acknowledges the marginalization Black students face in predominantly white institutions and aims to center Black experience, affirm the Blackness of all Black students, and facilitate a safe space for connection and reflection through bonding activities and talks by Black chaplains, faculty and staff. A cookout is a place for relaxation, laughter, and community—and we’re going to offer just that and more. So, to the Black students of Georgetown University: Welcome to The Cookout.”

And to the white students: You suck.

One does have to marvel at the Authentic Frontier Gibberish in the foregoing. Does “the Blackness of all Black students” really need affirmation in a cookout? I half expected this blather to end with “BlackBlackBlacketyBlackBlack!”

Though the “Campus Ministry” website states  retreats are “accessible to students of all backgrounds,” the language belies that description. The weasel who responded to an inquiry wrote that this retreat “is intended to be an affinity space for Black students on campus, but all students are allowed to register.”

Oh. Then it’s “inclusive” after all! Those pesky white bigots are “allowed” to register, they just aren’t invited.

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Source: College Fix

10 thoughts on ““Diversity And Inclusion,” Georgetown Style

  1. We spent a week in Honolulu with Mrs. OB’s sister and our son, daughter-in-law and grandson no. 1 during their spring break. I was struck by the number of black young people and families and even older couples in the Waikiki area, all enjoying vacations. They seemed very prosperous. Interestingly, I spotted at least two inter-racial couples, both older, verging on elderly. They seemed very comfortable and happy. The younger black people, mostly young women travelling with their girlfriends, struck me as very stand-offish verging on snarly. There was certainly, an underlying streak of passive aggression. All of which may have been my imagination, but the younger twenty-somethings just seemed tense and angry and resentful. I suspect their attitude is a result of how they’ve been conditioned. Unfortunate.

  2. “The Cookout is an undergraduate retreat created for White students by White students to promote joy, inspire hope, and explore practices of self-love and care for White students, drawing on the values and practices of Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and other spiritual traditions. The Cookout acknowledges the marginalization White students face in multi-colored institutions and aims to center White experience, affirm the Whiteness of all White students, and facilitate a safe space for connection and reflection through bonding activities and talks by White chaplains, faculty and staff. A cookout is a place for relaxation, laughter, and community—and we’re going to offer just that and more. So, to the White students of Georgetown University: Welcome to The Cookout.”

    Every time I see these kinds of notices, I simply swap the words “black” for “white”. If doing so makes the text discriminatory in any way, then the original is just as much so.

  3. This is where you apply the Black Jew test, which has nothing to do with the Beta-Israel Ethiopians, wbo claim common ancestry with Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and practice a form of Judaism. The test is, first you swap in “black” for whatever group is being excluded or attacked. If it sounds like it could have come from the KKK, then whatever’s going on is racist. If you’re not sure, swap in the word “Jew” for “black.” If it then sounds like something that could have come from the pen of Hitler, it’s confirmed racist.

    • The Cookout is an undergraduate retreat created for German students by German students to promote joy, inspire hope, and explore practices of self-love and care for German students, drawing on the values and practices of Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and other spiritual traditions. The Cookout acknowledges the marginalization German students face in predominantly Jewish institutions and aims to center German experience, affirm the Germanness of all German students, and facilitate a safe space for connection and reflection through bonding activities and talks by German chaplains, faculty and staff. A cookout is a place for relaxation, laughter, and community—and we’re going to offer just that and more. So, to the German students of Georgetown University: Welcome to The Cookout.”

      Fire up the ovens!

      • The inverse has telling implications:

        The Cookout is an undergraduate retreat created for Jewish students by Jewish students to promote joy, inspire hope, and explore practices of self-love and care for Jewish students, drawing on the values and practices of Georgetown’s Ignatian heritage and other spiritual traditions. The Cookout acknowledges the marginalization Jewish students face in predominantly German institutions and aims to center Jewish experience, affirm the Jewishness of all Jewish students, and facilitate a safe space for connection and reflection through bonding activities and talks by Jewish chaplains, faculty and staff. A cookout is a place for relaxation, laughter, and community—and we’re going to offer just that and more. So, to the Jewish students of Georgetown University: Welcome to The Cookout.”

        This kind of event sounds like something that would have been innocuous, necessary even for Jewish students in Germany in circa 1945.

        What does that say about how Georgetown view of the Black experience in the United States?

  4. “celebrated for their mere existence”

    Quite a low bar, indeed!

    I read this and the voice in my head is that of a condescending white person. Would members of the black community talk about themselves in this way? Maybe. But, that is not what I am hearing.

    -Jut

  5. History is dead to these people, they have no interest outside of their own narcissism. The idea that we exist in cycles is being proven before our eyes. Individual liberty is a terribly fragile thing against the tribal mind.

  6. I’ve got an article about this sort of thing in the works: how people talk about the difficulty that minorities encounter when trying to form connections in society, and how they respond to it. I think it’ll help once we have some words that connect abstract concepts to what actually happens, rather than missing the abstract entirely or, conversely, treating abstract concepts as some sort of immutable force in and of themselves.

    • Send it to me…I’ll post it here. I was writing one on a similar topic, but couldn’t get it right. The point: it’s tough being a minority in a population, and there are certain conditions that follow because of human nature. It doesn’t mean the majority society is evil or bigoted, and a minority group or individual that is forever in an accusing mode is making the problem worse, not better.

      • Having been brought up pretty severely Catholic (lived within walking distance of our parish church [which my mother was instrumental in founding] and grade school, attended Catholic school through high school and then, ironically, Catholic law school [the most Catholic school in the country, Notre Dame]), I was effectively part of a minority. We were in our bubble at school and at church, and outside our bubble when we weren’t. We traveled between two different worlds. We were different but we were okay with that. We saw our parents making their way in the greater world and followed their example. But we were different. Going to a WASPY, preppy northeastern college, the admissions office roomed me my freshman year with a fellow Catholic high school grad (from Long Island). I wasn’t discriminated against, but I was in a foreign culture, which I’d sought out, frankly. Mrs. OB, a Bostonian, jokes about looking down her nose at Catholics and Italians and freely admits she married down.

        I guess my point is, there are all kinds of minorities in a polyglot culture like ours. Each minority has to figure out a way to make its own way. Certainly, the Jews have aced this exam after centuries of practice. So have the Irish and the Italians. The Cubans have dominated. How many Cuban Senators are there? Three at least. I think gay culture was doing pretty darned well, even when it was more underground. Gays and lesbians simply found a way to get by.

        Of course, the key is obtaining your group’s individual power. Most groups have done so through economic means. The current push in black culture seems to be to gain power through political and grievance means. As I think of it, the black strategy seems to be: “If you can’t play the game well enough, petition to have the rules changed so you can play and win.” It’s not, “Hey, I’m a minority but I’m going to take care of myself.” The victim route is certainly the current means du jour of minorities, but I think it’s ill-advised. “Screw you, I’ll do it myself, thank you very much,” is definitely the way to go. Self-induced victimization is ultimately, self-defeating.

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