Even after enslaving black people, genociding Indians, interning Japanese Americans, and segregating public spaces, liberals still haven’t quite figured out that equality thing. The University of Maryland is promoting an anti-Racism group that is only open to white students. Is it really this hard for the left to understand inclusion? Apparently so.
As you can see by this nifty flyer, UMD has created a new group called “White Awake” which sounds an awful lot like people who would be carrying Tiki torches and plowing cars into crowds of people.
In reality, White Awake is another fragile snowflake kind of thing that is designed to give people a “safe space.” It just so happens that this safe space is for whites only. They won’t be seeking safety under sheets and hoods though, this is all about learning how not to be afraid of minorities.
Check this stuff out:
Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself?
Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?
This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings.
The Diamondback, UMD’s student newspaper, reports that White Awake was a creation of the school’s Counseling Center, so it’s not like comes from some whacked out students. This is an official school thing.
As you can imagine, non-white students didn’t think this was the greatest idea in the world.
David Akerman, a freshman journalism major, said the language being used to advertise the group concerned him as a Hispanic person.
“The way I interpret it is that white people are being victimized by interacting with us. Some people could maybe interpret it as if the rest of the campus — where there are African-Americans, Asians or Hispanics — is not safe for white people,” said the student.
Other minorities students were just pissed because only they are allowed to have racially-exclusionary groups:
Caleb Finesurrey, a graduate education major student, said he thought the premise of White Awake was unnecessary because “the world is a space for white people to talk in.”
“White people have laid down the rules and the groundwork, I feel like, and so they don’t need, necessarily, a privatized space. Whereas a minority group might not feel as comfortable talking in just a normalized place, white people can,” said Finesurrey.
Candela Cerpa, the external affairs vice president of campus advocacy group Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society, said white students shouldn’t “co-opt” the spaces that minority groups need to discuss racism.
Cerpa added that it’s frustrating to hear that white students “feel like they need their own space in order to learn about us as if we’re hypothetical,” despite the outreach and advocacy work her group does.
“The way they phrased it was that white people feel uncomfortable addressing a minority student, whereas we live in an uncomfortable state. The world that we live in right now is very hostile and dangerous to us,” said Cerpa.
The UMD Counseling Center responded to the criticism with this dumb statement:
“We agree with the feedback that the flyer was not clear enough in conveying the fact that the purpose of this group is to promote anti-racism and becoming a better ally. This is an incredibly difficult, nuanced issue, and that’s the reason we need to discuss it,” read the statement.
Yeah, who would ever think people could misconstrue a whites only group called “White Awake” as a racist organization? Maybe a better question is: who thought the best way to combat racism is with a group that excludes all non-whites? Like I said, liberals still haven’t figured this stuff out yet.