State university to hold gay-themed graduation
Just as those on the left who scream incessantly about tolerance are often the most intolerant among us, groups advocating for inclusion seem to disregard their own exclusionary activities.
A planned graduation at Louisiana State University geared specifically toward gay students is a prime example of such hypocrisy.
The so-called “Lavender Graduation” is the result of organizers in the school’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and a group of gay advocates.
Since the OMA is on board and providing funding for the ceremony, one coordinator said the graduation is made possible – at least partially – through state tax money.
Chad Freeman said he looks forward to making the event even larger, and presumably more expensive, noting “we’re trying to up our numbers and incorporate some things that haven’t been incorporated in the past.”
The gay graduation is one of only two self-segregated ceremonies, Freeman said, noting the other is a “roving ceremony for African-Americans.”
Though all graduates may attend the event, all aspects of the ceremony are geared toward the gay community – all the way down to lavender-colored graduation stoles.
Naturally, many on campus expressed opposition to the ceremony for a variety of reasons. Sophomore Caleb Covington detailed two major concerns.
He called the event “fiscally unsound” while noting it is “somewhat unfair to many other groups who want to have their own private graduation ceremonies.”
College campuses should be a microcosm of the outside world, teaching young adults how to interact with those of other backgrounds and cultures.
As with the rest of society, though, that ideal is too often stymied by any variety of minority group. Instead of embracing the coexistence they ostensibly support, individuals such as these LSU students opt instead to focus on those characteristics that make them different.
At times, most of us associate with those who share common bonds or experiences and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. These students, however, choose to identify themselves by their sexual preference – or skin color – rather than as a cohesive graduating class.
When members of subcultural groups decide to splinter off into familiar enclaves, we cannot hope to return to the “melting pot” effect of assimilation responsible for making America the most diverse and open society on the face of the earth.