Jane Close Conoley, the president of one of the largest public universities in the United States, believes white people are inherently racist and born with “significant unearned privilege.”
On December 5, Conoley, who is white, wrote for the California State University at Long Beach website:
Light skin color and high-income levels may attract significant unearned privilege. This privilege can manifest itself in numerous ways that afford automatic trust, deference, and security. Those who are less affluent with darker skin or from other cultures can be targets of micro to macro aggressions, distrust, and low expectations for behavior.
For Conoley and the collectivists now pushing a racially-based ideology on America’s universities, “privilege” is genetic and tribal, it is divorced from individuality and individual accomplishment. If a white person is successful, this is the result of racism, not individual endeavor. Others, unknown and unconnected, are responsible for this success.
Obama said as much when he declared there is no such thing as individual accomplishment, that success is a collectivist notion. “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he said on July 13, 2012, in Roanoke, Virginia.
Conoley and the race-based collectivists believe individual behavior is attributed to skin color. Fear, mistrust and other individually formulated opinions and conceptions, be they positive or negative, are the result of melanin-based “privilege” unrelated to other considerations.
The Declaration of Independence and the predicate of natural rights are anathema to the collectivist philosophy and its reliance on a rigid, race-based determinism. For Conoley and the Marxian collectivists, the very concept of unalienable rights and autarchy, or self-rule, enable “white privilege” and must be eliminated.
At the University of California, citizens are obliged to pay more than $17 billion annually to, in part, indoctrinate white students in the belief that any accomplishment they may realize is not the product of individual endeavor but is the result of “white privilege” and is, therefore, illegitimate.