This is rich. A homosexual, white professor is suing Alabama State University (a traditionally black institution) for racial and sexual discrimination. Is it wrong for me to laugh at this? This is a classic example of reaping what you sow. See, the winds of victimhood are historically fickle. You can be the victim getting reparation today and the victimizer being punished tomorrow. All it takes is one flick of a limp wrist, and the tables have turned:
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court on June 11, Dr. John Garland is suing the ASU and eight current and former employees for racially discriminating against applicants for university positions and subsequently targeting him when he retaliated against those practices. . . .
“A small, powerful group at the University believes that Drs. Garland and Chesbro [Garland’s “husband”] have no place at the University simply because of their non-African-American or non-Black identity,” the lawsuit reads. “This group, including combinations of the individually named Defendants, have conspired to destroy the careers and employment of these two dedicated teachers.”
I have no pony in this race. I really don’t care whether Garland wins or loses. But it should be clear that this is what happens when you abandon the rule of law and show partiality to one group over another. The law needs to be blind. It shouldn’t matter one bit whether the law is “nice.” Black professors shouldn’t be given unequal opportunity. It should be permissible for a private institution to discriminate for any reason it wishes. But that’s just it—ASU isn’t a private university.
In fact, ASU was the first state-funded black university in the nation. And now, the chickens are coming home to roost. When you tie your cart to the horse of civil government, you lose your freedoms. It seemed like a good idea to seek the favor of the civil government, to hide behind the civil government’s protections and finances. So that black people could finally have a college of their own. That seems too tempting to resist.
But now, black people are no longer the victims du jour. The NAACP has fallen out of vogue. Racial discrimination is a civil rights issue of the past. It isn’t cutting edge anymore. Now homosexuals and gender benders are on the top of the civil government’s protection list and black people, whether or not racism still exists against them, are playing second fiddle. The solution is clear: don’t rely on civil government largesse to finance your success. Don’t rely on the civil government to make reparations for supposed wrongs. Because, in the end, wealth gained by fraud dwindles, and the victimization card always has many faces.