Multiculturalism fosters segregation
Shaaya Ellis | Monday, September 10, 2012
After reading “Segregation at the Tabernacle” (Sept. 3), “Segregation or Celebration” (Sept. 6) and “Celebrate to unify” (Sept. 6), I agree with the first article in that race-specific events wholly contradict the University mission of unification. How can race-delegated retreats unite all members of the Notre Dame community?
However, the author of “Segregation or Celebration” said her time at a Latino retreat was open to various members of the Notre Dame community. So apparently such is not the case with all race-specific organizations on campus. While they insist they are welcoming to all persons and committed to diversity, race-based organizations are not welcome to a diversity of thought.
As a black American, I reach to the various members of the Notre Dame community by sharing my conservative-leaning ideology. I find it is the blacks and African-Americans who attack me with scorn and derision – the same people who claim they appreciate diversity. “Uncle Tom” and “sell-out” are just a few of the responses levied at me; they hardly ever retort with a response that is not laced with hate.
So, if we as a community want to heal the wounds of yesteryear, unify people with various opinions and enlighten each other, then we have to acknowledge multiculturalism does indeed foster segregation.