If you haven’t yet, treat yourself to a read of the guest column we ran today, already referenced in the post below.
On March 26, noted conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza presented a lecture titled “Racism is not the Problem” at Washington State University’s main campus in Pullman. The event was co-sponsored by WSU’s Thomas S. Foley Public Policy Institute, along with the Associated Students of WSU, WSU’s Residential Housing Authority, and the WSU chapter of the College Republicans.
The question-and-answer period immediately following the talk and ensuing commentary in WSU’s campus newspaper, The Evergreen, made clear that many took offense at D’Souza’s message, going so far as to accuse D’Souza and, by extension, the Foley Institute of further polarizing the campus on the issue of race.
If you don’t know D’Souza’s take on race, you can find out quickly at his Web site. Here’s an excerpt from the review of his book The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society.”
He argues that the American obsession with race is fueled by a civil rights establishment that has a vested interest in perpetuating black dependency, and he concludes that the generation that marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. may be too committed to the paradigm of racial struggle to see the possibility of progress.
Perhaps, D’Souza suggests, like the Hebrews who were forced to wander in the desert for 40 years, that generation may have to pass away before their descendants can enter the promised land of freedom and equality.
Thoughts? Blog lines are open.