Requiring all students to take a class in ethnic studies before graduation is well intentioned. But I’ll bet that the classes will stress victimization, particularly of Blacks (“The Resilience of the Black American,” The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 7).
That’s unfortunate because it’s only one side of the story. There are many examples of Blacks who have succeeded by performance rather than by protest. “Hidden Figures” is about three Black female mathematicians who were instrumental in John Glenn’s orbiting the earth aboard Friendship 7. Then there are the Golden 13, the group of Blacks who became naval officers in 1944.
My point is that by focusing only on systemic racism, these courses shortchange precisely the students they are intended to help the most. Black students need positive role models to emulate.
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