UConn is constructing a dorm wing to be reserved for African American males. The concern trolling is on full display: “But I thought we fought to end segregation!” “This is racist!” The honest trolls ask the right question: “Why can’t white males have a dorm to themselves?”
(Well, white males do have a way to carve out a university space for—mostly—white males: they’re called fraternities.)
Instead of whining, the correct response to this story is to give it full approval. Maybe a few academic elites are rediscovering the age-old wisdom that segregated spaces can be a good thing as long as the segregation is willing and consensual. Thankfully, it appears that UConn administrators are not defending their black dorm with anti-racist cant. They’re being honest about the value of sharing space with people just like you.
“It is a space for African American men to come together and validate their experiences that they may have on campus . . . it’s also a space where they can have conversation and also talk with individuals who come from the same background, who share the same experience,” said Hines.
Organic solidarity and segregation beat forced tolerance and connection every time. It’s a lesson progressive elites need to re-learn.