While giving a commencement address at Medgar Evers College, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised the school for its diversity — despite the fact that only 1 percent of the entire student body is white.
During her speech, Clinton said, “You are an inspiring group. You come from 94 countries. Speak 44 languages. You embody what makes New York and America great already.”
“Your ambition, your innovation, your diversity is who we are and who we should want to be,” Clinton continued.
According to the College Board, Medgar Evers College is 62 percent black, 13 percent Hispanic or Latino, 20 percent ethnicity unknown, 2 percent Asian, and only one percent white.
(Image source: College Board)
At the end of her speech, Clinton encouraged graduates to share their opinions on social media. She told them not to be discouraged by those who will accuse of them of playing into “identity politics,” as everyone’s identity is equally “valuable”:
So when you go out into this world awaiting you, you know there will be some people who try to undermine you because of who you are, what you believe. They’ll say that, ‘You’re just less valuable.’
Maybe it’s the color of your skin or your background, your gender, your religion, who you love, how you worship. Don’t you believe them for a second. Speak out on social media. Make your voices heard every single day. And when they even try to dismiss your lived experiences, maybe they’ll call it ‘identity politics.’ Stand up and say, ‘Your identity is as important and valuable as the identity as anybody else who lives in the United States of America.’
Judging by Clinton’s previous statement about what America “should want to be,” however, it appears that white identity should be valued less.
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