A Misguided “Take the Pledge” Campaign at University of California, Irvine

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The Rev. Martin Luther King had a dream that in my youth I came to share wholeheartedly, “[T]hat my four little 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.” To my disappointment, my university now has a counter-dream of elevating race-consciousness on campus through a “Take the Pledge” campaign, which challenges long-espoused cherished values of all universities.
Past Stark Racial Schisms
I grew up in North Carolina in the 1950s where I regularly faced one of the most egregious symbols of segregation—two water

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