[NOTE: The following is a guest post from Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity]
Do you really think it is a good thing for race relations on campus and elsewhere for Americans to be obsessed with race?
Do you really think that it’s a good thing for race relations if every white student thinks of himself (or herself!) as beholden to any nonwhite student he meets—beholden in the sense that he must check his privilege and walk on eggshells?
Do you really think it is a good thing for race relations if every nonwhite person focuses on past injustices to people who may have shared his nonwhite background and is alert to any microaggression by whites?
Do you really think it is a good thing for race relations if we obsess over historical wrongs, including what is now considered politically incorrect behavior by otherwise heroic individuals in our nation’s past?
Do you really think that all this is a better way forward than acknowledging the past but not obsessing over it, and focusing instead on treating one another as individuals and Americans rather than as, first and foremost, members of this or that aggrieved group?
Do you really think, in particular, that the attention of African Americans is best focused on misnamed buildings and not on the fact that 71 percent of African Americans are now being born out of wedlock?
Do you really think that a backward-looking, blame-assigning mindset is better for black progress and interracial cooperation than a forward-looking, forgiving one?
Well, do you? Really?