Translate

Thursday, March 13, 2014

From "I Have A Dream" to Segregation

Wending its way around the internet is this story from the Puget Sound area of Washington:
A group of employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers.

The "Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color" encouraged employees to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of what was being called a "happy hour" to "build support and community" for people of color.

The invite made it clear white people were not invited.

The email read: "If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that."
The college apologized for the letter, but the "diversity" employee that wrote it was not:
Karama Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school's Diversity and Equity Center, helped write the invitation.

She said it could have been worded differently, but she maintains the staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees.
Yes. It must be hard to talk about "cracka's" and "polar bears," or discuss methods of reducing the number of white staff and/or students, with white people in the room.

2 comments:

  1. I'm surprised the college even apologized. Open racism against whites and Asians seems to be increasingly accepted by various private and government institutions in our society.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure that the only reason they apologized is to head off a lawsuit.

      Delete