by Locker Room contributor
A new UCLA survey shows that “a record high percentage of college freshmen believe discrimination is no longer a major problem in the U.S.” As such, they “are less preoccupied with race and ethnicity.”
You’d think this would be good news, right? Think again.
Anthony Lising Antonio, a Stanford University education expert who studies the effect of college on students and who reviewed some of the UCLA survey results, said the poll suggests that young people may be losing sight of the serious issues of race that persist. “I worry about these trends, because they may indicate that our youth are beginning to take on an attitude of color unconsciousness, a kind of colorblindness that allows them to ignore racial diversity,” he said.
I’m reminded that someone once had a dream about a time when “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers” and when “my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Who would ever have thought that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was diversity’s nightmare?