“Academic Cesspools II”

Walter Williams on the “Residence Life Diversity Facilitation Training” at the University of Delaware:

Students living in the University’s housing, roughly 7,000, are taught: “A racist: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)”

Then the document asks, “Have you ever heard a well-meaning white person say, ‘I’m not a member of any race except the human race?’ What she usually means by this statement is that she doesn’t want to perpetuate racial categories by acknowledging that she is white. This is an evasion of responsibility for her participation in a system based on supremacy for white people.”

I doubt whether this racist nonsense is restricted to the university’s housing program. Students are probably taught similar nonsense in their sociology, psychology and political science classes. FIRE’s outing of the University of Delaware’s racist program elicited this official response from Vice President Michael Gilbert, “The central mission of the University, and of the program, is to cultivate both learning and the free exchange of ideas.” (According to thefire.org, as a result of public exposure, and without condemning this racist program, on Nov. 2 President Patrick Harker ordered the mandatory re-education halted pending a review.)

Williams goes on to speculate how this “training” program was probably flown under the radar so that prospective students and their parents never heard about it. That would mean that students just show up to check into their dorms and get hit with it. He’s probably right about that. You’d want to keep something this irrational carefully hidden from the outside world.

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