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University Offers Safe Space for Whites Only to Learn About White Privilege

Campus Reform
Written by Campus Reform

These days, higher education is saturated with everything white privilege. They’re obsessed with race to the point of absurdity.

There’s no doubt that race relations are at a low-point in our country. But brainwashing kids about how whites are inherently racist and privileged, and how blacks are inherently victims of a white-dominated system does little to make amends among the nation’s diverse races.

There is most certainly racism and bigotry from all races, and that is an issue worthy of healthy debate.

But all this talk of white privilege, white guilt, racial microaggressions, and seeing everything through the prism of white supremacy, only divide us further.

I like what Morgan Freeman had to say about racism in 2008 on 60 Minutes. Host Mike Wallace asked the actor what he thought of Black History Month:

Morgan Freeman:  Ridiculous.

Mike Wallace:  Why?

Freeman:  You’re going to relegate my history to a month?

Wallace:  Oh, come on.

Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month? No, Come on, tell me.

Wallace:  Well, I’m Jewish.

Freeman:  Okay. Which month is Jewish history month? 

Wallace:  There isn’t one.

Freeman:  Oh. Oh, why not? Do you want one?

Wallace:  No. No.

Freeman:  I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

Wallace:  How are we going to get rid of racism and ….

Freeman:  Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You want to say, `Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m saying?

The following is from Campus Reform:

Students who “self identify as White” at Loyola University Chicago can apply to join a safe space to learn about white privilege, institutional racism, and internalized racism.
Students who are unsure whether they qualify as “White” are encouraged to email a group leader for clarification.

Students who “self identify as White” at Loyola University Chicago can apply to join a safe space to learn about white privilege, institutional racism, and internalized racism.

RAW, also known as Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness, is a small, closed group at LUC for white people to “engage in dialogue about their own racial identity” and “critically reflect on…their actions.”

“R.A.W. is an affinity group for White students who have passion for ending racism, who have anger and confusion about institutional racism, who have guilt and hope about internalized racism, and who have questions about race that they are afraid to ask,” the group description reads.

Members of the group, who are chosen through an application process, participate in six two-hour sessions on safe spaces, white privilege, cycles of oppression, and bystander intervention.

An article from the University of Pennsylvania discussing potential benefits of “white affinity groups” is tacked onto the side of RAW’s website. The article claims that people find groups like RAW to be “wrong or threatening” because the “thought of white people convening to discuss race conjures images of the KKK and other supremacist orga…

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