Byline: Marc Levin, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
As the season of college graduations draws to a close, it is clear that, despite the massacres of September 11, many colleges are more determined than ever before to send graduates into the world with divisive and politicized ceremonies, eschewing the themes of optimism and unity traditionally associated with commencements.
Perhaps the most disturbing trend is the advent of separate ceremonies for minority groups. While the blood shed at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and in Pennsylvania was the same color for all who were murdered, many universities have decided that the best way to prepare their graduates for an increasingly diverse society is to hold segregated graduations.
In 2002, the University of California at Santa Cruz held a special ceremony for more than 45 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. This event even included local high school and community college graduates, indoctrinating them into the separatist campus orthodoxy. At Iowa State University the "Lavender Graduation" was held to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The University of Michigan also sponsors a separate homosexual graduation.
The University of California at Los Angeles attempts to cover all the bases, holding a Lavender Graduation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, a "Raza Graduation" for Latinos, as well as separate graduations for Filipinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, blacks, Iranians and American Indians.
Even when graduations do not themselves promote divisiveness through separate minority ceremonies, left-wing commencement speakers often create discord by making egregious remarks. Perhaps the most offensive commencement address in 2002 was delivered by Professor Bell Hooks, who rejects capitalization as an invalid social construct, at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Ms. Hooks stated, "The radical, dissident voices among you have learned here at Southwestern how to form communities of resistance that have helped you find your way in the midst of life-threatening conservatism, loneliness, and the powerful forces of everyday fascism which use the politics of exclusion and ostracism to maintain the status quo. Every terrorist regime in the world uses isolation to break people's spirits."
Ms. Hooks declared, "Indeed our nation's call for violence in the aftermath of September 11 was an expression of widespread hopelessness, the cynicism that has been at the heart of our nation's ongoing fascination with death. …