Harvard ‘BLACK COMMENCEMENT 2017’: Segregation is… Equal?

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Author: Nicole Commisso

Loretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. or the “First Lady of Civil Rights”, was a forceful public figure in the Civil Rights Movement who once said,

“Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.”

Apparently, segregation is equal and acceptable now according to black Harvard 2017 grads who have organized a separate commencement for black students only. It is called the “Black Commencement 2017”, in which 120 black graduates of Harvard University are registered to attend. This segregated commencement will take place May 23, two days before the regular official commencement and by regular commencement, I mean the commencement where all the students of all different colors will be invited to graduate together in celebration of the great accomplishment of completing college.

Why you might ask? The apparent logic behind the blacks-only graduation is that it amplifies how difficult college life can be for minorities. In the rationality of the left and the belief in “white privilege” this all makes sense: it is easier for white people to have accomplishments since they don’t have immense struggles because of their skin color therefore, non-whites should get extra praise for the same accomplishments to even it out. But, I thought segregation was bad and racist?

Beverly Daniel Tatum, the author of the widely-acclaimed books, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” And Other Conversations About Race and Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, has emphasized that the apparent continued racial segregation in society has had an impact on the achievements of racial minorities. So, what is the answer for Harvard University? Taking those who have “overcome” this racial segregation and segregating their achievement of graduating college to blacks only. I know, it’s all backwards and upside down to me as well.

Michael Huggins, a Harvard graduate student and the president of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance, was a part of organizing the separate ceremony saying that the segregated commencement “is not about segregation” …wait what? Confusingly so, he further explains:

“It is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance… an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

So, by separating the black students from all the other students to celebrate just their excellence and their brilliance, solely based on their skin color as a “collective, whole group” isn’t about segregation? To say that this is not segregation is outrageous and laughable really because of how contradictory it is.

This black-only commencement is a setback for America. In the past and present, we learn that racial segregation is wrong and it should not be re-implemented. Regardless of how you feel this event is segregation by fact. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of segregation is: the enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment.

Why should these black students get a special ceremony just because they are black and are graduating college? This demeans the same accomplishment of all the other students of various races who will be graduating as well. All college students work extremely hard to graduate, regardless of their color. All college students have their own struggles in which they overcome, whether it’s academic or personal, large or small, so why are they being diminished and put in second to the struggles of black students? Nothing about this seems equal to me.

The individuals that support this event are most-likely the same individuals that believe there is “white privilege” (leftist term that means white people don’t have to worry about being targeted or discriminated against for their skin color like non-whites do because of systematic racism, slavery, etc.) and who say there isn’t enough diversity at schools such as Harvard University. I am beyond perplexed, which is not something new when it comes to trying to understand the left, with this whole “segregation is equal” concept. Riddle me this, wouldn’t having a separate blacks-only commencement be hypocritical to this belief that we need more diversity and that white privilege stems from discrimination and slavery? Is this not pedaling back to a time where water fountains, bathrooms, schools, towns, etc. were segregated? This event degrades and discredits the incredible actions took by brave protestors and activists during the Civil Rights Movement. In his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Martin Luther King Jr. said,

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls.”

“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

“Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.”

Graduation is a memorable, important moment where all students come together, despite what their skin color is, and throw their caps up in the air in celebration of this remarkable, shared accomplishment in earning their degree, which they all worked hard for. I don’t agree with or understand the purpose of this black commencement. I feel as though it is separating the students and the community by race and in no way could it possibly bring them together as a whole. There is certainly no logic in saying that it could. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “We cannot turn back” which I believe, is exactly what the Harvard University ‘Black Commencement 2017’ is unfortunately doing.

 

Sources:

http://www.dailywire.com/news/16171/progress-harvard-hold-blacks-only-graduation-amanda-prestigiacomo

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/12/harvard-grads-organize-separate-commencement-for-black-students.html

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/segregation 

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Bill Nye the Idiot Guy

Author: Nicole Commisso

If you are a 90s baby like myself, I guarantee that during elementary school/middle school you were probably introduced to (and loved) “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. I remember being excited in science class when the teacher put on one of the five-minute clips of Bill Nye demonstrating whichever topic we were learning with a cool science experiment. Even though Bill Nye graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and is not technically a scientist, he made science fun, entertaining, and engaging for young students. Even for the individuals who were not interested in science at all, he made it fascinating with his funny and clever antics. Although, all good things must come to an end.

For Bill Nye, a good thing has turned into a 61-year-old, washed up minor celebrity from the 90s, trying desperately to stay relevant with his latest leftist performances. He is abusing the influence he had on young people years ago by spreading nonsense with his new show “Bill Nye Saves the World”. The first season is on Netflix, which I would strongly discourage you to watch unless you want a cringe-worthy laugh, to feel extremely uncomfortable, and/or possibly lose brain cells. Each episode of the show targets a so-called controversial issue in today’s society such as, climate change, GMOs, vaccines, sexuality/genders, etc. Before watching, here are 9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Listen To Bill Nye About Science, but if you’re like me you might have to see this insanity for yourself. Unlike the old Bill Nye, I didn’t recognize any significant scientific evidence, or any evidence quite frankly, of his claims while watching his new show.

While trying to make it through multiple episodes of his show, the one that was most disturbing to me was Episode 9: “The Sexuality Spectrum”. An entire 30 minutes of Bill Nye and his cast rationalizing the leftist view of sexuality being on a spectrum rather than being biology. The episode begins with the apparent pieces of sexuality: Sex, Gender, Attraction, and Expression. Basically, Bill Nye states that exploring this concept of sex, biologically not everyone fits into the categories of male or female and that there are a variety of sex organs. Last time I checked, you are either born with a penis or vagina… no variety there. Bill Nye also claims, without evidence might I add, that one’s gender isn’t defined by their chromosomes. Even though, Bill Nye did properly explain gender in his 1990s children’s show which they conveniently just edited out recently. Hypocrite! In society today, the fact that XX means you’re a woman and XY means you’re a man is absurd to Bill Nye and the left. Where’s the science in that, Bill Nye the “Not So Science Guy”?  

As he explains the rest of his take on sexuality, he pauses and creepily says to the audience,

“You wanna hear Bill Nye talk about… sexual intercourse, right? Doing it!”

Actually, I really don’t want to hear you talk about that, Bill. That is bizarre, gross, and completely inappropriate for your TV-14 audience. He then goes on a huge rant while stomping back and forth,

“Like we have you know some people here in the United States that will never accept [sexuality being on a spectrum] … What’s the big deal? Just get over it will you! What do you care?! Those people are not going to try to have sex with you. Let’s just get over it and move on!”

What an excellent way for people to come together, Bill. Forcing your leftist agenda with your feelings by yelling “just get over it!” and throwing a fit. Where are your facts? Reality check: you can’t make people agree with you by screaming “agree with me!”. Pretty sure this was covered way back in kindergarten days – agree to disagree. Imagine that, being able to have a different opinion. Oh wait, we can… we live in America! This is something that the left tends to frequently forget.

Then, he has a panel of “experts” of sexuality sit around and discuss the “facts”. Bill Nye asks Katrina Karkazis, Cultural Anthropologist at Stanford University, “Is there such a thing as a gay gene?” She responds, “No. We group gay people together into this flat label of homosexuality for [individuals who believe there is a gay gene] to try to make sense of it.” This group of “experts”, including a gay comedian (which I am unsure how he is an expert on sexuality just because he is gay), all agree that we don’t need labels. They proclaim that it is offensive to cluster gays, lesbians, transgender, etc. into labels and groups. However, if we dare to use to wrong pronoun or not correctly address them to whichever label/group they “self-identify” as, we are labeled as homophobic. This is just one example that we’ll never please the left unless we agree with every single thing they say, no matter how hypocritical and irrational it is.

Next on Bill’s agenda is Ice Cream Conversion Therapy, where Bill shows an animation with talking ice cream cones that has Vanilla, the heterosexual ice cream flavor. Vanilla thinks that everyone should be/pretend to be “vanilla” (straight) like him in order to please “the big ice cream in the sky” (God). With this, they make a blanket generalization about straight people being conservative Christians that are heterosexual to please God and believe that everyone, regardless of what they are or how they feel, should convert to their beliefs. Newsflash: not every heterosexual fits this stereotypical criteria. A terrified Strawberry ice cream cone, who is screaming and running around, is clearly in need of a safe space as he jumps into Salted Caramel’s arms when Vanilla says everyone should be “vanilla” (straight). All the other different flavors of ice cream are upset with Vanilla for trying to change who they are. Then, they all gang up on Vanilla saying that it is only natural to want more than one “flavor” (more than one gender/sex). Mint Chocolate Chip, who boasts about being two things at once, says in a sexual way, “C’mon, Vanilla. Haven’t you ever wanted to be in a… Neapolitan?” Forcing their beliefs on Vanilla and telling him it isn’t natural to be “vanilla” (straight) is immensely hypocritical.

These hypocritical, animated ice cream cones are doing exactly what they were mad at the Vanilla ice cream cone for doing in the first place. Mint Chocolate Chip telling Vanilla (who is heterosexual) they should want to be in a Neapolitan, which I will leave to your own imagination what they are insinuating there, is complete hypocrisy. Again, what’s good for the left is a crime to the right. Vanilla can’t force his opinions on them but the other flavors can and it is completely fine. Strawberry is totally fine by the way, once Vanilla crosses to the other side of the argument that is. At the end of the clip, Vanilla joins them all in a big bowl where all the ice creams are licking each other and partying… Let me repeat, this show is rated TV-14. Doesn’t this bother anyone that this is what we are teaching our children?

The performance at the end, My Sex Junk” by Rachel Bloom, is one of the most vile things I’ve ever seen/heard. It is a song explaining how she is on board with having sex with basically anyone and doing anything labeled taboo. Her lyrics are repulsive, some are, “Power bottom or a top off, versatile love may have some butt stuff”, “I’m down for anything, don’t box in my box, give someone new a handy”, “Even you might like it if you sit up on it”, and the list goes on and on. I mean are you kidding me? This is undeniably sickening and almost unbelievable. At the end of her performance, Bill Nye shouts,

“That’s exactly the right message Rachel!”.

I will repeat yet again; this show is rated TV-14. Not cool, Bill Nye, Netflix and Rachel Bloom, not cool. The message they are trying to send out is what exactly? Confusing young, impressionable minds who are trying to discover who they are? Making straight people feel guilty for not wanting to have sexual experiences they don’t desire or feel uncomfortable about? I am straight, why should I feel guilty about it just because I don’t necessarily want what others do. They don’t want to be judged for how they live their lives yet, they’re doing exactly that to others who act differently. The hypocrisy is incredible!

As someone who had never seen the show before and enjoyed Bill Nye as a kid, I was expecting it to be science-related or at least somewhat informative. For someone to claim that they are “saving the world” with a show presents huge expectations to live up to (spoiler: these expectations are never met). His new show is like an alleged science version of Jerry Springer. By NO MEANS will Bill Nye and his new, atrocious antics save the world. In fact, this show is making fun of the issues he is bringing up rather than giving any real information on them. Would anyone be able to take any issue seriously when the “expert” is making a joke and mocking that very important issue? Watching “Bill Nye Saves the World” made me cringe at its poorly produced foolishness and at the thought that there are people who recognize Bill Nye from his old show, that they loved as kids, and listening to his leftist nonsense. At the end of his show he says to his audience, “Now go out there and save the world!” yet, he gives them zero tools on how to do so.

What I would like to say to Bill Nye “The Used to be Science Guy” is that I am tremendously disappointed in what you’ve become. I wish that staying relevant and forcing your leftist views wasn’t more important to you than truly “saving the world” (whatever that even means to you). Although I have right-wing views, I do believe that I am an open-minded individual and am always trying to see and understand the other side’s case. Before watching the show, I knew it leaned more to the left but, I thought that maybe I’d walk away with something I didn’t know before. That there must be some kind of substance, some sort of proof that will help me understand other people’s opinions. This was absolutely not the case. Bill Nye, you’re making a joke of what you’re attempting to prove and it is honestly pathetic and embarrassing to even try to watch. Do us all a favor and try saving the world by canceling your show.

 

Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to “Offend” People

Author: Nicole Commisso

This post refers to my most recent piece, “White Privilege: Injustice Does Not Fix Injustice“. This op-ed piece created such unexpected controversy on my college campus, in the towns surrounding my college, and on social media. With this controversy, one might say I have turned into “Public Enemy #1”. I have consistently said that I do not mind being disliked by my peers, and ones who have a differing opinion, as long as I spark a conversation and I get to stand up for what I believe is right, or not right. However, I want to make something very clear about my argument – I never claimed that racism does not exist. Furthermore, if you disagree with my views, I have every right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press (as you have every right to disagree with me) according to the First Amendment of the Constitution:

U.S. Constitution – First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First, I never said in my article that racism does not exist. I believe and I know that there are racist people in our society and that we should combat this racism together not by allowing ourselves to be divided by color. I do not however, believe that the way to fix racism is to try to make up for slavery, a terrible period that the left loves to use as a reason to push their white privilege propaganda. This is a false notion to punish white people of our generation for just that – being white. I would also like to add that, and by no means am I lessening the hardships they went through as a people, blacks were not the only ones that were slaves. All races and civilizations have practiced this wrongful act of slavery including the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Africans, Irish, Americans, etc. The history of slavery spans nearly every culture, nationality, and religion, it is not just limited to African-Americans, and slavery is still prominent today across the globe. Why don’t we ever speak about this? Why aren’t we outraged about human beings currently being bought and sold as slaves. Instead of trying to battle the real issues going on now, we sit here worrying about blaming young students that are categorized as white to try to make up for horrific instances we have no control over now.

Secondly, how can these individuals sit there and say that the term “white privilege” does not diminish a white person’s accomplishments if it states that what they have achieved was prominently easier for them because of their skin color? I need to know how that does not deplete their hard work? What I did say was that white privilege is reverse-racism, which yes, it is an actual term for those who think I made it up. By expressing that someone is privileged or judging that their life is simpler just due to their skin color is racist by definition. Those who say that reverse-racism “isn’t a thing” argue that it is impossible for individuals to be racist towards white people. News flash – they can be. I have been told I cannot and will never understand white privilege because of my “whiteness”. Isn’t it racist that I can’t understand something solely based on my skin color (even though it is a term targeted towards my race)? Oh wait, no it isn’t racist according to the left – since I am categorized as white and “superior”, I can’t possibly be stereotyped or prejudiced against. This is complete hypocrisy that I refuse to accept or even entertain. What I have been told is that the way to tackle white privilege is to accept that I have it. I don’t quite understand what this does for this so-called issue. I believe by accepting white privilege, I would be apologizing for the color of my skin which is something I have no control over and would never apologize for. I quote Martin Luther King Jr. who once said:

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

I strongly believe that implementing the term white privilege delays this day that Martin Luther King Jr. hoped and persevered for.

My op-ed piece on white privilege created not only controversy, but a freedom of speech issue. Many people said I shouldn’t have been able to publish my article in the student newspaper due to my opinion. Last time I checked this is America, where every American has the right to freedom of speech, the right that I demonstrated through my most recent piece on white privilege. I refuse to let society, and most importantly the administration, staff, and students at Siena College, force-feed me something that I don’t think is right. By writing my op-ed piece, which no one anticipated would receive the attention it did around campus, I expressed my view on a controversial topic. Even though I did get backlash from my piece, I also received an immense amount of support and appreciation for speaking on behalf of the silent majority whose views coincide with mine.  I do not feel as though I did anything wrong by sharing my opinion and if you disagree with my views, that sparks an important discussion. Having a different opinion than someone else is also another incredible right we have as Americans. If you break and crumble due to someone else’s opinion, how are you ever going to handle the real world? Take a moment and think of how boring this world would be if everyone agreed on everything. I am an American. I am a full believer and exerciser of the Constitution. I support freedom of speech. I support freedom of the press. I have a strong voice and I intend to use it.

 

 

White Privilege: Injustice Does Not Fix Injustice

Author: Nicole Commisso

I am/have been lectured by today’s society that just because I am categorized as white, I must chalk up all my success and hard work to the notion that is “white privilege”. This notion that because of my skin color I do not have to work as hard as someone who is non-white is reverse racism in the highest order. If you are accusing someone of something, in this case being that a white individual is more privileged, due to nothing else but the color of their skin is the definition of racism. By societies standards, I am privileged in every which way due to my skin color and if I choose to disagree with this I am deemed as a racist or a bigot. No matter what I have faced, my family has been through, or how hard I have worked and what I have accomplished in my almost twenty years of life is diminished and taken away from me according to white privilege. The greatest privilege in this country, regardless of race, is having a standing household that has two providing parents. Studies have shown that a single mother, black or white, is more poverty-stricken than a household of two parents, again being whether they are black or white. This contradicts the notion that white individuals have this so-called major privilege over non-whites in the sense that a white single mother is in fact worse off than a household of two black parents who seemingly have such less privilege.

I bring this matter to attention because I am a white female and I have not been privileged in my life whatsoever. At a young age, my house was no longer one with two parents and my mom became a single mother, before this I was in no way born into the upper class as this notion usually makes successful whites out to be. The struggles we underwent as a family are indescribable and were none-the-less challenging being that my mother was a stay at home mom who hadn’t worked in fourteen years that now had to support my two younger siblings and I. Without recent job experience it was very difficult for her to find a job to put food on the table, keep the heat working, and barely pay for a roof over our head, while still taking care of the three of us all by herself. She wasn’t handed anything because she is white, there were no extensive privileges she had over anyone else because of the color of her skin as I never was either. She worked as hard as she could even though it was an extremely difficult thing to do because she had to for us and herself to survive. Not once did she feel sorry for herself and not do everything and anything she could to support our family.

I have chosen not to play the victim role, as many have with this term white privilege, I instead take full responsibility of my life and I have chosen to work hard and make the best life I can for myself and one day a possible family of my own. I choose not to blame anyone or anything for the battles I have undergone and fought but rather persevere and make something greater of myself instead of looking at the world with this “poor me” ideology because of what I have endured as a human being. I have worked for everything I have in my life –  I got a job as soon as I was of age to and have been working ever since, I was extremely driven in high school because I wanted to make a better life for myself and applied for countless scholarships (on which I received many which I rightfully deserved) in order to go to college to create the life I want, in which I have student loans that I will one day need to and will pay off. Some of us are born rich, some of us are born poor, some of us are born white, some of us are born black, etc. No one can choose what they are born or born into and if someone is born white to say that their successes and everything they have worked hard for is because of the color of their skin is in its own definition, racist.

Now, I am not going to deny that black people, or anyone that isn’t non-white, in the United States have suffered historical discrimination in the past but that does not mean that this is current in history right now. My own grandfather came here from Italy and was discriminated against when he first got here. He even had to change his first name because it wasn’t “American enough” but that does not mean he played the victim role or didn’t work as hard as he could for himself. I can assure you he has not experienced this white privilege even though he would be categorized as white. We should not be now trying to implement this false notion of white privilege to make non-whites feel better for instances that happened generations upon generations ago. You cannot “fix” where you started in life, this is beyond your control because, like I previously mentioned, it is physically impossible to choose which skin color you are born with. What you do have control in is personal responsibility, taking responsibility for yourself and your actions rather than claiming the victim and punishing white individuals for just that, being white. Injustice does not fix injustice in life and I refuse to allow society to tell me that I have gotten to where I am due to the color of my skin. I am where I am due to my successes which are not because I am white, they are because I have earned them with hard work, perseverance, and knowing exactly who I am and sticking up for that regardless of who tries to tear me down. As a white woman in today’s society, I can strongly say that I have not had or received this so-called “white privilege” that has been shoved down societies throats. It is insulting and unfair that in spite of what I have been through that I am supposedly privileged just because my skin color is white.