An employee group at South Puget Sound Community College recently invited only black people to its diversity “happy hour.”
White guilt sufferer Karama Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school’s Diversity and Equity Center, wrote the racist invitation. “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,” the email read.
In other words: white people, because you are–by the accident of birth–perpetual beneficiaries of racism, white supremacy, and white privilege, you are therefore not allowed to take part in an honest discussion on race-relations. You’re white. What would you possibly have to contribute?
The group that sent out the email has apologized and canceled the event.
But the invitation made it clear that white people were not welcome. “Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color,” the email read, are welcome to “build support and community.”
You’re “welcome to build support” as long as you’re not white.
“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,” the email read.
Blackhorn says she could have worded the email differently, but doesn’t take back the essence of the letter and still believes that black staff members would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees present.
Indeed, America’s foremost paragons of white guilt believe that because of the country’s racist past black people must never be expected to fully forfeit their blackness nor should blacks be expected to escape the ever-present shadow of racism and white privilege. And, therefore, white people are not welcome anywhere near a discussion on race unless it is to nod their white heads in blind agreement.
How is it not blatant hypocrisy to claim a platform based on building a better community if you are just going to exclude an entire segment of the community? Image the outrage if white staffers at South Puget Sound Community College sponsored a “whites only” happy hour aimed at building a better community atmosphere.
This level of white guilt is the ugly stepchild of black victimhood. They are both wrong, regressive, and sadly still an apparent problem in the country and American academia.
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