For my purposes left wing journalist Bill Moyers is a worthy example of how the Black community will be fully serviced......as long as we maintain our inferior position and he gets to advocate on our behalf. For Moyers we are "poor, ignorant and under-resourced". We are all caught up in the system of Corporate controlled, Right Wing, Republican configuration in society. We are shut out at the edges and in the narrative of Moyers and other White liberals (and sadly too many BQPFRCs) - it was designed as such and there is nothing that we can do about it unless we fight to change the system. We fight these external fights more than we ever work to manage the internal human resources that they might change for the better. Instead we must spread the system's "wealth" among all using government power rather than developing schemes to have people voluntarily take the money out of their wallets and giving it to us in exchange for something of VALUE to them that we have as part of the exchange. Instead, Moyers operates in the currency of "the commonwealth". The value of "feeding the Blacks" is because society needs to show that it sees us as 'humans'. No particular ask of the Black to show our humanity and our equality though.
On the latest episode of "Bill Moyers Journal" there was a review of the high stakes fight for the Supreme Court and how this presidential election is an important component of this. Indeed the 4 conservatives on the court represent a threat to the nation and indeed to minorities that we Blacks are. And, as expected Justice Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer where shining examples of judicial acumen. They are attuned to the importance that the law plays in shaping the society that we WANT TO BE.
Moyers had Jeffrey Tubin, legal analyst for CNN on the show confirming the views of Moyers. Moyers teed up the conversation with a notation about how beyond the prima facia meaning of judicial rulings found in the written words - we must focus upon the broader impact that result from these rulings in the real world.
Thus the word "Diversity" was thrown out as being road kill on the winding road that the conservative jurists have brought upon us. Moyers and Tubin pointed to last year's Supreme Court ruling which denied allowing school districts to establish voluntary school desegregation plans for the sake of DIVERSITY. For these two - diversity is a qualitative value for society. This sounds good so far. After all - we can't have these "Blacks in a community all by themselves" - violence, chaos and ignorance will reign". It pains me, however, that our people so often prove Moyers and Jonathan Kozol to be masters in their analysis of us as a people. A few years ago Moyers did a documentary of the negative impact of having Black government ruling Zimbabwe. The previously stable nation of Botswana was destabilized from the large influx of immigrants. Certain Moyers is no stranger to the damage that Negroes who are unsupervised can do to themselves.
Remember that Moyers challenged us to consider the broader impact of court rulings? I wish to do the same regarding the notion of "diversity". I am not opposed to diversity. Having different people to understand others who are different indeed expands a person's ability to deal with people, cultivating their understanding that we are pretty much the same at the human level beyond what our skin color presents us as to the world. I grew up in a diverse high school 25 years ago.
As I fast forward today, however, the modern state of the high school that I graduated from speaks volumes regarding the "unspoken assumptions" that don't appear in the official text of the DIVERSITY plan. My high school is no longer diverse. All of the White folks have moved out of the neighborhood and now the school and the community around it is all Black. In returning home to this part of Philadelphia after being gone for so long I am unnerved as to the absolute and complete change that has taken place. The areas where we were once chased by White boys now has Black folks on the corners.
I am forced to make the conclusion that with White folks - when they say DIVERSITY - they are speaking of BLACK FOLKS going into a WHITE DOMINATED environment rather than having a parallel and equal exchange. Simply put - the average White person IS NOT going to come into a Black dominated environment - especially to receive an education. (the fact that Morehouse College just had their first White validictorian is noted. He is but one.) In their minds and, sadly on too many report cards and school evaluation studies - such a move will be a net degradation from where they stand right now. As with any human being they are seeking to optimize their individual and group postion.
For me as a person with a "strong-black" bias (similar to a "Strong Dollar" policy) I reject the notion that the best way for a Black student to get an education is to sit next to a White person. This is a fundamental PERVERSION of the assumption of our own EQUALITY. Believe me through the strong presence of "Non-White White Supremacy" among our own people these policies prove POPULAR among Black people. A Black person can get attacked for daring to tell Black people that we are in fact equal and with EQUALITY comes the need for us as a people to EXPRESS THIS ATTRIBUTE VIA OUR OWN ACTIONS as well as asking the society to show us that IT THINKS that we are equal.
The basic flaw of the Diversity Movement as it stands today is that there is no firm balance of trade. Indeed Blacks receive a quality education because they go to a White school - a solid benfit. Whites, on the other hand receive the soft benefit of being exposed to the humanity of Black people that now sit next to them rather than appear on their television screen.
A second major flaw of the Diversity Movement is what I call the failure to size one's "Friends and Family Plan" around the proper population. Indeed the drive is to include the entire nation as being members. For Black people this includes people who don't want to be around us. But just as Charles Barkley demonstrates to Dwayne Wade in the current "T-Mobile Cellular" commerical - we are going to call upon you whether you like it or not because you are in my plan - the same is the case among those who promote diversity over substance in the balance of trade.
A more equal exchange of VALUE is required for Diversity to be truely effective. Absent this there will be a requirement for the third party agent of the government to step in and force those who use their democratic right to relocate elsewhere if they choose to NOT do so if they are attempting to evade forced members of the "Friends and Family Plan". As with Hate Crimes Laws - the motivation behind an action trumps the common end result of two different actions. How far off are we from government engineered housing settlments that accomplish THEIR goals for diversity - or "balance" in their narrative?
Superior to the attempt to try and get Black kids sitting next to White kids is for us as a people to work on the environments where WE are the majority and insure that only the highest standards of individual behavior and accomplishment is maintained. Keep in mind that those who are loathed to implement such a "conservative" environment where uniformity and the rule of law are advanced over individual freedom will quickly point to the lack of RESOURCES that the current system provides which prevent them from producing an EQUAL environment to that of the White folks. Flaw: Who said that White folks have to be the key reference?
After having defined your own standards and goals - if they are high enough then you only need to focus your people on these home grown standards and then developing the ECONOMIC SYSTEM that stands behind it to feed it the nutrition that it requires. You will begin to see that the aggregate spending of your people is the primary funding source for your goals. If you indeed focus on the MEMBERS AT WILL in your friends and family plan and impress upon them the importance of utilizing those resources that they control to their maximum benefit THEN the group can achieve far more success at their own hands than the alternative of focusing on boling the ocean where fundamental societal change is attempted.