At UC Berkeley, a tenured mental health policy professor named Steven Segal has found himself in a bit of trouble, thanks to his conflation of black-on-black crime with the Black Lives Matter movement, and his eagerness to blame victims of oppression for their oppression—which is probably easy when you’re not oppressed yourself. (Segal is white. Perhaps he listens to the part of Kendrick Lamar’s “Blacker the Berry” that I choose to ignore?
According to the Bold Italic, Segal—who is unfortunately not the 1990s action film star—made some off-color comments last month during a Black Lives Matter event at UCB, going so far as to share a rap song he’d written. It’s not funny, but a rap song? Come on.
“He was saying things to the effect that black on black crime is part of the problem, and I think that a lot of students in the group were offended by what he was saying,” said Allensworth. “The focus of the event was on the Black Lives Matter movement, and it felt like he was decentering the conversation from that focus.”
It is racist to state a ‘hate fact.’ Welcome to the bizarre new world. Truth does not matter: it is all about ‘cultural sensitiviy.”