Participating in the arts has been a big part of college life for many. From pottery classes to photography to interpretive dance, the arts are a way for the school to ensure they are graduating very well-rounded and developed students. In turn, many universities offer gallery openings, plays, and dance exhibitions for students to showcase their talents and the fruits of their hard work.
Arizona State University is no exception to that idea. Unless you’re white, that is. As part of ASU’s message of equality, they have developed their “The Color of Cabaret” show. This show was held in the last week of January, and a colorful description was left on their official webpage. The event, sponsored by the Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization invites people to “Join current ASU students for the annual Color Cabaret! This entirely student-led cabaret is an opportunity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) students in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre to create performances that speak to their own experience. Formed through personal connections, friends and colleagues from all over ASU, the creative team is a community of creators of color in all fields of music theater and opera.”
Considering the current landscape of racial descriptions from the progressive left, this is yet another college program that is happy to take anyone in, as long as they are not Caucasian. Serving as another example of what college has become, this is nothing more than the reverse discrimination that white people and conservatives have been seeing for years.
The idea of paying to go to a school that gladly cashes your tuition checks but refuses to allow you to perform because of the color of your skin is something we shouldn’t be seeing in 2022. Many problems exist with this idea, but most importantly, it should be illegal as it is against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to discriminate against someone because of the color of their skin. This term is all-inclusive of pigmentation, including Caucasians.
Paying to go to ASU is something many people do with pride. It is the collegiate home of Pat Tillman, and they offer terrific programs of various courses of study. Their choices in professors are excellent, and they offer amazing diversity amongst its student body. So to sponsor, much less create, a program like this that discriminates against people for not having a dark complexion flies right in the face of all the school claims to stand for.
Other schools of various levels of education have been doing this for some time now. Stanford already set the standard by holding a Shakespearean Extravaganza that specifically had an all-black cast, so ASU isn’t the first major university to do this with theater. It still doesn’t make it right.
As much as the schools and a large portion of their student bodies love to rely on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to get through term papers and research, they quickly forget his message on segregation. “Hence segregation is not only politically, economically, and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?”
These words echo throughout time and are now being forgotten as minorities now look to exclude whites at every turn, all in the name of being ‘woke.’ This idea started with the progressive left and is now leaving our country in the throes of regression as we slip back deeper and deeper into segregation. All for the idea of making things equal. Kind of backward, isn’t it?