Diversity 101 In Damascus, Md.
Ever on the alert for the persistence of "racism," The Washington Post
couldn`t find space for a story about the attempted
mass murder of whites by a New York black man who
told police he "was bent on killing as many white
people as he could," but it devoted the center of its
front page last week to what it called "Racial
Discord in a Maryland Town."
In the town of Damascus, Md., there are no blacks
threatening to murder whites (or if there are,
don`t wait for the Post to report it), but
one black teenager did get into a fight with several
There actually was not much more to Damascus` "racial
discord" than that, but the Post was determined
to ferret it out anyway. One instance of "discord," if
not race hatred, it sniffed up was the following,
disclosed in the story`s opening paragraph:
"In the small town of
Damascus at the northernmost edge of Montgomery County,
a white youth drove through the streets last week waving
a red-and-blue Confederate flag. When police officers
confronted his mother, she said she saw nothing wrong
Well, there you have it, plain as day, proof that the
most vicious bigotry thrives in Damascus because a white
guy waved "what to many African Americans is an
incendiary symbol of subjugation."
The Post never asks
(a) why the police found it appropriate to "confront"
the boy`s mother about her son`s perfectly legal and
indeed customary act; let alone
The Post`s story about Damascus was of no
significance whatever, except that it did help confirm
suspicions about the mentality of the
(and therefore the Establishment Media`s) reporters and
editors and that it tells us, as well as the reporters
and editors themselves, some hard truths about racial
"diversity" of previously homogeneous societies.
According to the Post (and even a few of the
locals it bothered to interview), Damascus is
experiencing difficulties in race relations, especially
high school youth. The town of about 9,000 has a
high school of about 1,900, of which 84 percent are
white. In 1989, the school had only 37 black students;
now it has 300. Blacks complain they can`t get onto
athletic teams or into most school clubs and that racial
slurs are commonly used. A survey found that 90 percent
of white students and 70 percent of black students felt
racial hostility at the school.
The story`s assumption is that the "hostility" is all
the fault of the whites, but that doesn`t explain the
student body president, a young lady named Kim McGuire,
who calls herself a Hispanic and told the Post,
with more than a whiff of white guilt, "When people
think of Damascus, they think of cows, football and
In fact, people don`t think of Damascus at all, but
Miss McGuire believes it`s revealing that "When we put
Black History Month program, the reaction I heard
was, `What about
white history month?`"
In other words, it`s fine for blacks to have their
own racial consciousness and identity, but it`s
"troubling" when whites insist on theirs.
That`s what happens with "diversity." Racial identity
doesn`t vanish; it intensifies, and if intense racial
identity is OK for one group, it`s just as good for
That`s Lesson One of
Diversity 101 as taught at Damascus High.
Lesson Two is that intensified racial identities in
racially diverse environments often lead to
violence—to the "racial hostility" that most
students now feel and to the fight at a local mall
earlier this year in which three whites and one Asian
from the school allegedly beat up a local black student.
The Post is quite coy—indeed, totally silent—on
the causes of the fight or the personalities involved,
but presumably race was a factor.
"This is a community that was white for so long,"
sighs the inevitable NAACP official quoted by the
Post, "And they`re having to deal with diversity at
a fast, fast rate."
It never occurs to either the Post or the
NAACP munchkin that non-whites have to deal with
diversity as well. Perhaps that`s because neither the
Post nor the NAACP has any intention of "dealing
with" it at all, since for them the whole point of
diversity is to eradicate white identity and the
cultural architecture that goes with it.
The white people of Damascus need to learn the real
lessons of diversity at an even faster rate—that if they
accept diversity, they will also have to accept the
racial-political dynamic that goes with it and
understand that that dynamic promises to wipe their own
identity, heritage and community off the map.
July 08, 2002