Must be opposite day again.
I read this brief AP blip about the formation of an “anti-racist” group at West Chester University:
WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Fliers announcing the formation of a “White Student Union” on West Chester University’s campus have sparked controversy.
School officials say the fliers were part of an effort to organize people who are against racism and are not the seeds of a racist organization.
University spokeswoman Pam Sheridan said students raised concerns about the fliers.
She said an investigation revealed that the fliers were put together with “a totally different agenda in mind and it backfired.” She said the intent was to get people to constructively talk about racism.
West Chester University has roughly 14,000 students. About 85 percent are white.
Okay, nothing to see here! Just a misunderstanding! These are just naive people who are trying to work towards anti-racism.
Of course I had to see what this “flap” (ever notice how often racial issues are referred to as “flaps”?) was all about. Here’s the text of the flyer:
WHITE STUDENT UNION
Feeling underrepresented on campus?
Looking for a place to share YOUR views?
Uncomfortable in other “special interest” groups?
THEN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!
Join the White Student Union for our first meeting on Thursday …
Pam Sheridan, referenced in the brief AP article, is the director of public relations and marketing. In another article, she’s quoted as saying “It was good intention gone awry.” The “Campus Climate Intervention Team” sent out an e-mail stating “”We have learned the meeting was, in fact, designed to draw anti-racist allies together.”
Read the various news articles, and you’ll see it was all about good intentions. Having a discussion about race and racism. And these are our “anti-racist allies.”
It’s a skillful bit of spin, fully expected at a time when the majority regularly usurps, inverts and makes claims about who the real racists are.
A junior, Adam Rizzo, who said he wasn’t involved with the poster, said he could understand how some people might want to start what he referred to as a European-based cultural group.
“All we’re looking for is equal representation. What’s wrong with having something European that encompassed a wide range of people that was culturally based?” asked Rizzo, a music major and university ambassador.
“Here at West Chester University we have multiple groups that exemplify reverse racism such as Black Student Union, Black Men United, National Association of Black Accountants, just to name a few. It is terrible that the formation of a group whose sole purpose was to have equal representation on campus was so rudely scolded and shut down,” he said.
Because it’s all about fairness. And equal representation. And having the whole pie.
I used to think that people really were this naive or just dumb as rocks. But as for those South Dakota students, it appears that their claims they didn’t know what it meant were false. Because at least one of them is defending the right to assert Whlte Prlde online.
So now they are the anti-racists. And we are the racists. But they are our allies.