Black students are taught that they’re victims in a world filled with hatred toward them. They need safe spaces on campuses where they can be with other people of color and open up about their troubles, all at the exclusion of privileged whites (is that redundant?).
On the other hand, white students are the victimizers. They don’t need safe spaces. They’re the reason black students need safe spaces. White students go to events where they can learn more about their own privilege and the damage they’re causing simply by being white.
The University of Vermont held a three-day retreat so students who “self-identify as white” could confront their own “white privilege.”
“Examining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White” took place last weekend, November 13-15, and was “specifically for white students.”
According to the university, the self-identifying white students who attend the retreat will come to “recognize and understand white privilege from an individual experience” and have the opportunity to “conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lense as well as the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond.”
The self-identifying white students also tackled tough questions such as “What does it mean to be white?” and “How does whiteness impact you?”
The University of Vermont does host a retreat for “women of color” as well but it focuses on building leadership rather than confronting one’s own privileges. Aside from the women of color retreat, the university does not appear to offer similar race-specific retreats.
I can’t think of anything more racially divisive than these sorts of events. It’s like they want white people and black people to despise each other as much as possible. They want tension. Without these ideas and pseudo-philosophies about “whiteness” and “what it means to be white,” there would be very little racial tension. When I went to school, I didn’t see white people, black people, Asian people, Hispanic people, etc. I saw people.
That was a little while ago though. Today, they’re drilling in students’ minds that we are not all equal. We’re not all just people. There is indeed a hierarchy dependent on race. Whites belong at the very bottom. They say they want equality. But equality is the last thing they want. They want indefinite revenge for the sins of the white man’s past, as if blacks have a stellar record themselves. Of course, they don’t call it revenge. They call it “justice.” And they obsess over it.
I like what Morgan Freeman had to say on how to end racism: “Stop talking about it.”