Asking for Equality is Not Coddling

This is my response to the Ruth Marcus article: College is not for coddling

Frankly, I just disagree. And history disagrees as well.

Colleges around the country have forever been places for the white elite to be coddled. For centuries, “college” was a place that students were sent to “get ahead”  and take learning to the next level. Often that learning was drenched in white supremacy and patriarchy, making these places great for white men to be spoon fed that America has always been great and it is their duty for it to continue to do so. This is a coddling of white men. These campuses were full of fraternities and social clubs, definitely adding a class element, allowing men from wealthy white families to be in powerful positions all over campus. Having the privilege of being a white man in America, then going to college and learning that you have essentially earned that privilege by birth, and you must protect it at all costs is coddling to the highest degree.

This “coddling” was very much interrupted by integration. By bringing different perspectives to discussion, the white male status was questioned (an in that nature threatened) and the response has been violent, hateful and in all honesty terrifying. The events that happened recently at Mizzou are very interesting to anyone who cares about economics, politics or history. The backlash to the president stepping down has not been from supporters of the president- it has been from white supremacists that feel threatened with Black students exercising political agency. The purpose of the actions of the students last night was for the sole purpose of letting Black students know that they are unwanted on campus and that they should fear for their safety. This has moved past the president, this is about white supremacy feeling threatened and the people who benefit from it responding accordingly.

Specifically, I am interested in the statement in the article that I am responding to: “[The events at Yale and Mizzou] hardly feel like George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door.”

Actually that is exactly what it feels like.

Creating a hostile environment for students of color is one of the many weapons utilized by white supremacy in order to let them know that they are unwanted. Asking for students not to shout racial slurs in the courtyard of a university, or not draw swastikas on school property is not asking to be coddled, it’s asking to have your value and humanity recognized.

The issue at Mizzou right now is that these students are no longer asking. They are demanding.

The president stepping down, was major but to see the feelings on that campus come to light last night the way they did says that there is so much more to be done. Students of color not feeling safe on campus is a university issue and it is up to the university to handle the culture that has been allowed to flourish on their campus. This feels like just the beginning for Mizzou and other campuses need to start getting ready for what is coming their way.

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Should Congress Keep A Closer Eye On The Fed?

For the second time since the housing market collapse Congress is taking aim at the Federal Reserve. Introduced earlier this year H.R. 24, otherwise known as the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, directs the Comptroller General to audit the Federal Reserve Board, the district Federal Reserve Banks, and determine whether a particular monetary policy action is appropriate. On its own H.R. 24 is just us unoriginal as two decades of, “End The Fed” from libertarian loudspeaker Ron Paul. In the context of a Republican controlled Congress and a potential Republican White House in 2016, this bill could grow a dangerous pair of legs.


Leadership Woes At SEC Complicate Enforcement Actions

When a Wall Street bank breaks the law, a partisan schism forms between the ‘scalpel’ and ‘cudgel’ approaches to regulatory response. Republicans are the scalpels. They argue that regulatory crackdowns discourage investment and financial engineering. Why would someone risk creating a new product if they’ll get sued every time someone gets upset over losses. Regulatory incisions should ensure only the  smartest risk managers come to dinner. Democrats, however, are the cudgel people. Markets are fundamentally deceptive and quality averse in their eyes. If there’s no one to check whether that box of ginkgo biloba actually has any ginkgo in it, companies will grind up anything into powder and sell it at a premium to market. Ultimately, however, the decision of a pound of flesh versus a skin graft falls to five commissioners atop the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Filtering Truth No Matter the Source

As a political junkie, I am not as frustrated with the gridlock or slow pace of Congress because it has required President Obama to take some rather progressive measures of lawful executive action. One of his major initiatives to get push back is to make 2 years of community college free in order to lessen student debt. Though the numbers still have to be crunched and logistics laid out, a program like this is definitely a step in the right direction of getting more people to go to college.

However the question was raised, “What will this do to HBCUs?” and the general consensus is that it will at best hurt, and at worst kill, struggling HBCUs. (I am not convinced of this yet.)


The West Must Raise Expectations For Middle East Stability

Four years ago the Arab Spring looked like the start of a new era in Near East politics. A revolution in Tunisia spilled over into Egypt, then Syria, Lebannon and later Libya. Post-WWII authoritarian regimes were collapsing and new governments with the consent of the governed were at hand, or so we thought. 2015 arrives with the Near East mired in chaos. Egypt’s new government resembles its old one, Syria remains in civil war, and the ISIS threatens to further destabilize a region under pressure as it gains presence and territory. The United States is reconsidering military action in the region, and we all wondering where all that hope and change ran off to? (more…)