It seems that Cambridge University is the latest educational institution to fall prey to radical social justice activism in it’s most cancerous form.
Today the BBC and other major fake news propagators leapt upon a Facebook post created by the Cambridge University African Caribbean Society, featuring photos of a group of black male students currently pursuing their higher education at the school.
“”Young black men don’t grow up thinking they’ll make it here. They should.”
This was the intended message behind a photo of 14 black male students from Cambridge University that has been liked more than 2,000 times on Facebook.”
According to the BBC News report, in the past two years only 1% of students accepted into Cambridge University have been black (not including mixed race applicants).
This sounds concerning at first, but what the media have universally failed to note is that black people make up a mere 3% of the general population.
Is a 2% under representation a problem worthy of complaint or national news coverage?
I think not.
The subjects of the photo disagree with me, however.
When interviewed, Cambridge student Peter Adelioye was asked what he thought the stereotypical Cambridge student looked like, to which he responded “not people who look like us”, and continued:
“The archetypal image of a Cambridge student is typically someone who is Caucasian.”
He’s not wrong, but in a country of almost 90% white Europeans that image is bound to be there.
Adelioye continued by saying that we need to challenge that (perfectly reasonable and accurate) stereotype – presumably to make the more sensitive future applicants feel comfortable.
London politician Matthew Ryder told the BBC with regard to his time at the university in the nineties:
“There was very little overt racism but at times, as a black person, you felt like an oddity.”
The students involved also complained of a lack of representation in the media (reflecting the distinctly narcissistic need to see oneself reflected everywhere in culture to feel comfortable), but praised figures like Barack Obama for being “the first black role model I had who made it ‘cool’ to be ‘book smart'”.
Other news outlets let loose in praise of the photos, featuring headlines such as ‘The photo of 14 young black men at Cambridge University which is already changing lives’.
In all the excitement of the original Facebook post, a number of commentators allowed themselves to get carried away.
Yet others were not so easily sucked into the race issue, and pointed out that the real issues faced by many in Britain are of an economic nature (perhaps not something a group of well-fed Cambridge students may be ready to grasp.)
One person even noted that perhaps this is far from a diversity issue, and more an issue of homogeneity – given that while these ‘diverse’ students are introduced to us only as ‘black’, they are in fact overwhelmingly from one country in particular.
That’s not very diverse now, is it?
All this comes not a week after Oxford University was forced to apologise for their insane claim that avoiding eye contact with minority students was a form of “everyday racism” and an example of a ‘micro-aggression’ in a diversity newsletter.
The university was criticised for trivialising racism.
The apology came after a hilarious accusation of discrimination against the disabled.
This is the state of British academia in 2017: God help us.