Black activists are taking racial equality beyond equality to the realms of privilege. If any university began requiring white studies course for every major, it would be considered racist, but one American university is now requiring black studies course be incorporated into every major.

My college degree is in wildlife/fisheries biology. To obtain that degree, I had to take a myriad of pre-requisite courses, but none of them had anything to do with today’s racial issues. The closest course I took was a humanities course and the one I selected had to do with the Ghost Dance religion of the American Indians. I chose it because it interested me, not for any ethnic or racial concern.

Other than that humanities course, most of my classes were practical – numerous biology, zoology, botany, chemistry, ecology, math, English, etc. Between pre-requisites and required courses, a degree in wildlife/fisheries biology at the time had 156 semester-hours minimum. Very few students were able to complete a wildlife degree in just four years. I can’t imagine how long it would take to obtain the degree today if they threw in more required courses dealing with some of today’s social issues.

Now, students seeking degrees in biology, chemistry, earth science, electronics, physics, engineering, geology, mathematics and even Japanese or German language, at Eastern Michigan University will be required to take courses dealing with black studies.

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