Segregation has been making a comeback in the Western world, and the Left thinks that is a good thing. They are its proponents.
It’s been going on for a while. On the theory that minorities cannot tolerate being around White people, more and more institutions have been providing “safe spaces” that are supposed to be white people-free. Usually called something benign like a “multicultural” room, white people are expected to make themselves scarce.
An extension of that absurd practice has been gaining momentum and Canada’s National Arts Centre has embraced the idea: the “black out.”
UPDATE: The @CanadasNAC has tightened up the admission requirements for its upcoming race-segregated performance. It's no longer "black-identifying." It's now "black," full stop. So don't even think about going if you're, say, Indigenous, Asian, white, etc. https://t.co/eSIKQrZHdf pic.twitter.com/i2fp1CJSmr
— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) January 24, 2023
The National Arts Centre of Canada describes the intent of the racially segregated performance:
A Black Out is an open invitation to Black Audiences to come and experience performances with their community. The evenings will provide a dedicated space for Black theatregoers to witness a show that reflects the vivid kaleidoscope that is the Black experience.
The following Black Out NAC will be the second curated play from BTW, Cheryl Foggo’s Heaven on May 5 in the Azrieli Studio. Black Out nights will be an ongoing engagement initiative, as NAC English Theatre plans to schedule more for the 2023-2024 season.
Creating evenings dedicated to Black theatregoers will allow for conversation and participation to be felt throughout the theatre and open the doors for Black-identifying audiences to experience the energy of the NAC with a shared sense of belonging and passion.
Apparently when Black people are segregated from others they become a “vivid kaleidoscope,” which I suppose could be a bit disorienting for people who don’t change colors when rotated.
Perhaps soon Canada will be reserving spaces on public transportation reserved exclusively for people of different races. The Whites can be relegated to the back of the bus, for instance.
Poking around the NAC website was something of a bizarre experience, since there were subtle and not-so-subtle references to race throughout. There is a particular focus on Indigenous people, with special ticket prices for people of indigenous descent, although one has to wonder if such people require a special race card to prove they qualify for different ticket prices.
I learned that the NAC “…would like to recognize the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, on whose traditional unceded territory the National Arts Centre is located. We gratefully acknowledge them as the past, present and future stewards of this land.”
Surprisingly, the National Arts Centre would like to acknowledge that the Algonquin’s are the past, present, and future stewards of the land, but not so much that they land should actually be in their possession.
No, the National Arts Centre isn’t quite that grateful. Returning the land isn’t on the table. Just some platitudes to virtue signal.
Maybe they mean that the tribe should be serving food and drinks during the Black Out night? That kind of steward? I hope they aren’t implying that. It would be racist to do so.
Actually, all of this is racist. It is an inversion of the Jim Crow laws that were also based upon racial essentialist ideas. They are just flipping the script.
“Separate but equal” has returned.