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Hampshire College – how plurality ends up promoting racism

Liberal Mass College Cancels Afrobeat Band For Being “Too White”…

A liberal college had invited Afrofunk band Shokazoba to perform at its Halloween event Friday night this week. But someone complained that the band was “too white” to be performing this kind of music. Evidently, according to some, people of certain ethnicity are supposed to act, speak, think, and apparently sing in only certain predetermined ways. One of the band members commented on the matter:

the firestorm started when someone posted an inflammatory comment online about Hampshire College hiring an all-white band to play Afrobeat music for the event. He said the band is not all white, and race should not be an issue anyway.

“It’s not important to us. Music and art has the opportunity to transcend all that.”

Diversity is supposed to be a moral imperative in the increasingly progressive United States. The notion of people living their lives in peace and brotherhood regardless of race is the essence of Dr. MLK’s dream, a life where race is irrelevant.

Shokazoba is yet another victim of people trying to practice what liberals preach without the appropriate political narrative. Those who live in peace and reject a racist mentality do not help those who make a living finding racism. Interjecting race into this situation is totally uncalled for and Hampshire College had an opportunity to stand up for what is right and just. If diversity means diversity, shouldn’t we all embrace the notion that race can be transcended, and that it shouldn’t even be an issue? But when diversity really means maintaining differences, a very different result occurs.

Shokazoba was not exercising courage in this episode, because there was nothing dangerous to overcome in forming a racially integrated band or in performing the kind of music they do so well. There is nothing dangerous in practicing Dr. King’s dream. Shokazoba shows us how race relations should be – they should be a non-issue in the first place. Hampshire College, on the other hand, had an opportunity to resist racism and show the world what moral courage looks like. For what ever ridiculous reasons, racism was gratuitously interjected into the situation and Hampton College failed to do the right thing. The desire to maintain the status quo strikes again and once again race becomes the central issue where it had no place to begin with.

This is what a devotion to plurality looks like devoid of core principles. The excuse of “raising larger questions” is the justification for maintaining racist stereotypes. The moral imperative to avoid discrimination in this case has lead to capitulating to discrimination – on blatantly racial lines. Once again, progressive ends up being regressive.


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