Supremacy is an old-fashioned battle. From the very beginning, humans have fought for supremacy in a variety of ways. We're often better off for it; the competition breeds higher standards of excellence.
What happens when the Battle For the Best is applied to something as ridiculous as skin color? Irrational and funny things, and, sometimes, deadly things.
But, some people prefer to have color pitted against color.
At Ohio State University recently, an official from the student government was quite bold in melanin-related comments.
On March 23, during a Virtual General Assembly meeting, Parliamentarian John Fuller waxed on racial specialization.
As reported in the student newspaper The Lantern, John was “presenting a resolution to condemn all anti-critical race theory legislation.”
The third-year human family and development major spoke of what he thinks all white people were taught throughout their lives:
“I just wanted to say that, um, and make this very clear: The only people who are taught that they are superior to another race are white people.”
He'd wants a significant change:
“[I] would absolutely love to live in a world where black people are taught that they are superior.”
He justifies his comments:
“I would love it, because I full-heartedly believe that.”
But the reality is really pretty sour:
“Um, but that's not the case, um, at all. And so I just wanted to make that very clear.”
John was full of things to add:
“By declaring that, um it is by dismantling the notion that one race is superior to another race, which is fundamentally white supremacy. Because white people are taught at birth to believe that they're superior. There's nothing that they have to be taught in the school curriculum to prove that. They learn this from their experiences. So, through teaching that white supremacy isn't something you can learn about in any way. It's also a new concept and an issue that's been extensively debated since many people aren't happy with calling the white race superior. And I can totally agree with this. However, there's no such thing as ‘white superiority.’ It would be a cause for protest in the event that someone said something like this on the campus. Literally — “white people are inferior.” This is what I'm going to say in this moment, since it's my right to express that opinion. But I do think that blacks are superior. But that's not something…taught in the schools or any other way.”
According to The Lantern, the student's remarks didn't quite go over very well.
USG president Jacob Chang said once Fuller made the comment, speaker of the General Assembly Bobby McAlpine dismissed him, saying that the chamber doesn't agree with his claims. Representatives from the General Assembly reported video and audio recordings to the Office of Institutional Equity.
“The comments made during the General Assembly session are fundamentally, like, diverging from our values as the student government of Ohio State,” Chang, a fourth-year student in political science and psychology, declared. “Therefore, it is our responsibility to report a case like this. I think we need to stand in solidarity with all people of color and anyone who suffers from racism, but we need to do it from a space that is unilaterally empowering everyone around them instead of, like, single out one group.”
John's video analysis was posted to the internet, receiving over 65,000 views on his Barstool Ohio State Instagram account alone.
Did he receive disciplinary actions?
As of The Lantern's April date of publication:
Chang stated that a number of senators were considering impounding Fuller for his conduct; however, the impeachment process could not have been completed prior to Fuller's last day under his current USG Administration, which happened on Wednesday.
The Lantern did not categorize his remarks as racist. The headline read “USG Parliamentarian Faces Criticism Following Comment About Race Made in General Assembly Meeting.”
The pro-critical theory of race initiative was approved:
The resolution condemns any legislation that is anti-critical race theory and is passed by the General Assembly, Chang said. The resolution is vital in ensuring that critical race theory can be taught in public universities. However, the manner in which Fuller introduced it focused on “empowerment and another form of like supremacy” that was “inherently racist,” he stated.
USG President Jacob stated, “No matter what race you are from, what background you are from, you cannot say stuff like that.”
Nowadays, understanding of the past doesn't seem to be especially appreciated. So, perhaps, the idea of a student at college proposing “white supremacy” is a (relatively) “new term.” It's not really novel, nor is it racism.
Whatever has been deemed old-fashioned is transformed over and over. In the present, America is offering segregation a second chance in the same way that identities are praised over individuality; we're segregating people according to White and Nonwhite (presently “People of Color”).
Will things turn out better this time? I don't think so.
There's a good reason to believe John isn't right regarding protests that erupted over claims that suggest “white inferiority”: