College students across the country are spending a whole entire week fighting “Israeli Apartheid.”
These students claim to support diversity and equality for all, yet every day, many of them treat their clothes unequally based solely on their colors. The time has come, my friends, for us to stop discriminating against colored clothes once and for all. Only then can we honestly say that our society no longer cares about superficialities like exterior color.
Some say that we need to discriminate against colored clothes, since they’ll ruin our “pristine” white clothes. Like many stereotypes, this contains a shred of truth. We all know it’s theoretically possible for a red shirt to ruin a load of white shirts, but this phenomenon is so rare that it can hardly be used to justify consistent and pervasive bigotry. For example, I don’t use any fancy detergents, and my washing machine and dryer are hardly state of the art. But I still managed long ago to stop separating my clothes based on their colors. As of yet, none of my clothes have been ruined. You know, sometimes good things happen to good people.
Our clothes-washing technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, and in turn, the chances of colored clothes ruining white clothes has decreased. That is not to say there is no risk involved, but I believe that preserving our ideals is worth that ever diminishing risk.
Those who justify this sort of intolerance often cite seemingly scientific explanations to justify their ghastly behavior. But science cannot illuminate moral truths. Scientists belong in their labs, not in our churches, synagogues, and mosques—and certainly not our laundry rooms. Discrimination is wrong, no matter what they say.
To those protesting the supposed apartheid in Israel, my message is, put down your signs and fold up your tables. Israel doesn’t separate based on colors. You can find whites, blacks, browns, and rainbow flags all across the holy land. Before casting your judgmental eyes on the Jewish State, perhaps you should first look at your own laundry room.