School is starting back up again, and already one university is getting attention for offering a ‘Stop White People’ course.
No, that wasn’t a typo, or anything of the sort. A university in our great country is insisting that its resident advisors attend a course aimed at stopping white people. From what? I haven’t the slightest clue.
Who in their right mind thought that this course would be a good idea at all? Probably the same group who think safe-spaces and “gun-free” zones are smart.
The State University of New York at Binghamton is implementing the course this fall, which the program says, “The premise of this session is to help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within.” Calling the course Stop White People doesn’t exactly scream “Understanding Diversity,” but what do I know?
The school further goes on to explain the reason for the course:
“Learning about these topics is a good first step, but when encountered with ‘good’ arguments from uneducated people, how do you respond? This open discussion will give attendees the tools to do so, and hopefully expand upon what they may already know.”
Students on campus aren’t totally thrilled with the new course in “diversity,” and many have criticized the school for even allowing it to be named what it is.
“The terrifying implication here is not that students on campus think it is appropriate to call an event by that name, but that the university seems to endorse it as a proper part of a RA training. For a university dedicated to providing an inclusive environment, calling an event ‘#StopWhitePeople2K16’ seems counterproductive at best.”
– Howard Hecht, Binghamton Review
Don’t worry, though, because Brian Rose, the university’s VP of Student Affairs, says they “verified that the actual program content was not ‘anti-white’.” Oh, that’s good. With a name like Stop White People one would think the message might be slightly racist. Rose explains that the name derives from “a familiar hashtag in use on Twitter, and was not invented by the program facilitators.”
So, if something is popular on Twitter, it suddenly becomes an acceptable course for college students? Is that the criteria schools are using to educate young adults in America today?
Obviously I’m exaggerating (slightly), but imagine the outrage if there were a course called “Stop Black People” or “Stop Brown People”, or “Stop Yellow People”, or… You get the point. The notion of those courses being taught is completely ridiculous, and yet here we are in 2016, and a public university is offering a course on how to Stop White People.
Rose has stated that the course is a voluntary one, and that he doesn’t believe it causes an atmosphere of racial division:
“What we strive to do from an administrative level is cultivate an environment where our students listen to one another, learn from one another and do so in a manner that doesn’t cause unnecessary harm. I have no indication that this particular program was inconsistent with the respectful environment we hope to support and sustain.”
All of that is nice to say, but how can you expect to have a respectful environment with an organization called Stop White People?
If we want to bring an end to the racial division in our country, starting the “Stop White People” movement isn’t the best way to go about it. In fact, it’s probably only going to make things worse, but then again, maybe people don’t want to end division. Maybe they just want an excuse to hate, and need a target.
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