The Center’s Not Holding. What Center?

Some things you just can’t make up.

Swank Milton Academy (tuition $73,950) offers alumni the chance to join one of the school’s “affinity spaces.”

“Designed to bring together groups of people who have shared identities, spaces are open to alumni who can speak using ‘I’ statements (ex: I am Jewish; I am a Milton graduate of color). Led by trained alumni volunteers who collaborate with school leadership to create and maintain environments that are affirming for identity development and supportive of cross-cultural interactions, alumni affinity spaces are offered across a wide range of identities, including gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and race.”

Who writes this stuff?

The groups listed are Alums of Color, APIDA Alums, Black Alums, Jewish Alums, Latinx Alums, LGBTQ+ Alums, Muslim Alums, and White-Identifying Alums.

We digress to note that only about one in four people who identify as Hispanic or Latino have ever heard the term “Latinx,” and only about 3 percent have ever used the term, which means using the term is just posturing by leftist white folk.

But, the Milton message adds, “Please note that this list is not comprehensive.” Whew! That’s encouraging, especially if you’re a one-eyed Rosicrucian with halitosis.

What is it with these people, working into the late hours to segregate human beings according to their immutable characteristics? Or even mutable characteristics?

Milton is big on DIE (diversity, inclusion, and equity), but how do you get to the “inclusion” part if you keep emphasizing diversity?

Why emphasize that Mary is a bit darker than Bob? Or that Manuel has a funny accent? Or that Reginald’s ancestors came here a long time ago on the Mayday?

What does “E pluribus unum”—which appears on the Great Seal of the United States—mean? And does anyone care what it means?

We know what former vice president and current madman climate fanatic Al Gore thinks it means: “Out of one, many.” He actually said that. Look it up—but not on ChatGPT.

This column asked Chat: “Did Al Gore say, ‘E pluribus unum’ means ‘Out of one, many’? Chat replied, “No, Al Gore did not say that ‘E pluribus unum’ means ‘Out of one, many.’”

Wrong. Gore gave a speech in January 1994 in which he translated the national motto, “E pluribus unum,” as “Out of one, many.”

Embarrassing, to Gore, of course. Why did Chat get it wrong? Did Chat’s programmer sanitize the remark to save Gore embarrassment? Who knows?

But “Out of one, many” seems to be the motto of the Biden administration. Certainly, Biden’s deliberate policy of not closing the border and not enforcing the immigration laws furthers the policy of “Out of one, many.”

This column also asked ChatGPT, “Did Joe Biden say the US not being majority white was a good thing?”

ChatGPT replied, “No, Joe Biden did not say that the United States not being majority white was a good thing.” And then added a stern lecture: “It is essential to verify information and rely on credible sources when attributing statements to public figures.”

Uh huh. Right.

Then this column asked ChatGPT, “Did Biden say whites will become a minority in the US?” Chat replied, “Joe Biden has not explicitly made a statement saying that whites will become a minority in the United States.”

Wrong again. In 2015, Biden said: “An unrelenting stream of immigration. Nonstop, nonstop. Folks like me who are Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017, we’ll be an absolute minority in the United States of America. Absolute minority. . . . Fewer than 50 percent of the people in America from then and on will be white European stock. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a source of our strength.”

Which being translated, means whites becoming a minority is a good thing.

Have we voted on that? What was the tally?

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) shows that the total foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) was 49.5 million in October 2023—a 4.5 million increase [2.5 million of which are illegal] since President Biden took office and a new record high. At 15 percent, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population is also the highest ever recorded in American history.”

Biden has, obviously, refused to ensure that immigration laws are faithfully executed. For that alone, he should be impeached.

Whites becoming a minority, in abstracto, might not be a terrible thing and does not imply, for example, that blacks are by nature worse citizens than whites or that all non-whites are black.

Still—the Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “in 2022, the murder rate among blacks [was] 653 percent higher than the murder rate for whites. The murder rate for Hispanics [was] 65 percent higher than for whites. Nor are those numbers that much of an outlier. From 1990 through 2022, the black murder rate [averaged] 569 percent higher than whites, and the number for Hispanics was 57 percent higher.”

Two factors contributed to those numbers: the Democrat Party’s financing (through the Great Society program Aid to Families with Dependent Children) of unwed motherhood, which produced, and still produces, an unending stream of blacks without fathers; and the current, and mostly successful, attempts of the Democrat Party to keep blacks locked up in failing public schools. Let’s face it: as long as Democrats and the teachers unions control education, blacks haven’t got a chance.

And what chance will Joe Biden’s millions of illegal immigrants have in this country? Many of them, and perhaps most of them, are young, single—and surely uneducated—men. The immigration of millions of young, single, uneducated men into Sweden has been a disaster. It could happen here—and even if not to the country as a whole, certainly to the communities where thousands of single, uneducated men congregate. How do we know these immigrants aren’t like our home-grown fatherless blacks?

How do we cajole them into becoming “Americans?”

Probably not by separating them into the innumerable “affinity spaces” listed by Milton Academy.

In case you haven’t noticed, the country is coming apart. Republicans and Democrats are as far apart today as anyone can remember. You’d think people who pay $74,000 tuition bills would understand that.

You’d be wrong.

Daniel Oliver is Chairman of the Board of the Education and Research Institute and a Director of Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was Executive Editor and subsequently Chairman of the Board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review.

Email Daniel Oliver at Daniel.Oliver@TheCandidAmerican.com.

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Daniel Oliver is chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute and a director of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. In addition to serving as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was executive editor and subsequently chairman of the board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review. Email him at Daniel.Oliver@TheCandidAmerican.com.

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