Employees at South Puget Sound Community College wanted to host a “happy hour” discussion to promote racial diversity, but apparently were unfamiliar with what that word meant. Flyers passed out to promote the event made it clear that white people were not welcome. As the self-appointed white Al Sharpton, I find this to be an egregious miscarriage of justice.
A group of college employers referred to as Staff, Faculty, and Administrators of Color were invited to the event that made it clear whites were not allowed. The invitees were asked to respond in order to receive the confidential time and date of the super-secret event.
In a not-so-progressive racial “separate but equal” statement, school officials defended the no whitey policy for the event in an e-mail:
“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.”
But in actuality, it is white people’s fault that they are not invited to this diversity meeting. Diversity and Equity Center staffer Karama Blackhorn, who wrote the invitation, said that staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white people there.
“When trying to explicitly talk about race it can be a really difficult conversation for a lot of people. That space is not for white people. That space is for people of color,” said Blackhorn of the Diversity and Equity Center.
Not to split hairs, but pink, beige, and tan are all colors. Contrary to popular belief white people are not actually white, which is the absence of color. All people have color.
In a rare moment of commonsense thinking, the College has cancelled this silly meeting and issued an apology via Facebook:
“The campus community immediately responded to the lack of inclusion. Within minutes, the Center apologized, the event was cancelled, and if rescheduled, will of course be open to anyone who wants to come. It was simply a mistake by someone new to our community.”
Oh, that explains it. It wasn’t a matter of racism and discrimination; it was simply because of someone new to the community. You see, before people get to community college it is completely normal to believe that excluding groups based on race is acceptable.
At least the students at this college aren’t as ignorant as the administrators. One commented, “This contradicts the message they’re trying to send, don’t judge people based on their color but they’re judging white people because they’re white.”
Another said, “That’s not diversity, that’s anti what we’re preaching here.”
The sad thing here is that most white folks probably wouldn’t have wanted to attend this meeting in the first place. The outrage stems from the hypocrisy of black people claiming to promote racial harmony and diversity by banning white people from the discussion.