A citizen group is hoping to make Darton College a four year school. The argument, and it’s a sound one, is that with a nursing shortage, the need for more four year programs is incredibly high. Darton graduates a lot of nurses each year.
Discussions on a local website show resistance to this plan, and a lot of it hinged on race. Arguments about superiority seemed like they hinged on the color of someone’s skin, rather than the quality of an education.
The truth is that Albany State University and Darton College both provide quality educations. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that. However, in this town we don’t have enough education. Most of the problems we have stem not from too many educational opportunities, but not nearly enough ways to educate people.
The best jobs don’t come to Albany in part because we don’t have an educated enough workforce. The root of much of the crime we have in this community isn’t from race, or faith, but a lack of opportunity brought on by poor education. It’s a fact that many criminals commit their acts because they don’t think they have any other choice.
If education is the answer, then we clearly need as much of it as possible. Now, I won’t say that this automatically means that Darton should be a four year institution. That’s a question that should be up for a great deal of debate. I have no issue with that at all.
However, this debate needs to cease having anything to do with race. Perceptions are that ASU is a “black” school and Darton is a “white” school. This may be because the majority of students at ASU are black and the majority at Darton is white, but you know what? Who cares?
We aren’t white people and black people. We are Albanians, for better or worse. We all seek better opportunities for your children. We all hope for our own prosperity. We are all people who treasure our families and our friends. We aren’t so different.
If the betterment of our community is for Darton to offer a four year nursing program, then so be it. If the betterment of our community is for Darton to stay just as it is, so be it. No issue needs to be so great as to divide us based on the melanin content of our skin.
Division is inevitable. Between politics, religion, and college football, there’s plenty to divide us. These are natural things, things that would divide us no matter what. What we need to stop being divided by is race, something that geneticists tell us doesn’t actually exist; there’s no single gene for determining race. That means “race” doesn’t exist, and yet we are to let this continue to divide us?
I’m through with it. My race? Human. How about you?
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at TomKnighton.com, as well as SWGAPolitics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia.