{"won":false,"dspId":null} University Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About Race - Break.com

University Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About Race

Articles Sep 19, 2018 11:00

On the surface, it doesn’t sound that bad – there are millions of disillusioned white people in this country who are choosing to vent their anger with racism and bigotry instead of channeling it into constructive hobbies, like burning flags or kneeling during the national anthem. But one university has decided it’s high-time that white students who “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities” need a safe space to talk about it: The University of Maryland at College Park announced a new diversity support group this week to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.” Shockingly, no one at the university recognized how tone-deaf the group sounded before making a flyer for it:

University Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About RaceUniversity Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About Race

“Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?” is the most subtle way I’ve ever heard someone ask “Hey dude, you feelin’ racist today?” Frankly, they should have this group geared towards white people against white people, because the only times I’ve ever really felt uncomfortable were during family dinners at Thanksgiving whenever someone asks “So…what is this ‘blog’ thing you do? And they pay you? Weird. Guess we can’t all achieve our dreams.”

University Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About Race

The backlash against the “safe space” group was quick and swift…

The execution of this “white awake” group is extremely upsetting. White people do not need a safe space to learn how not to be racist. Safe spaces are designated for minorities who actually face oppression and marginalization. Once again, do better UMD. pic.twitter.com/qO2nSufn7J

— ... (@BolivianGringho) September 14, 2018

I am ashamed over the execution of white awake nor do I fully understand its clause. “How they can fit into a diverse world”? Why do they need to attend therapy sessions on how to be a decent human being in society? Why do they need to have these sessions to learn how to coexist? pic.twitter.com/AaPOLz05vu

— Alysa Conway (@LoveConweezy27) September 13, 2018

…which led UMD to change the name to the “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group,” along with a description that reads “Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.” The school also put out a statement…

Statement from @UofMaryland on "White Awake" group (now renamed "Anti-Racism and Ally Building" group)...

"we did not choose the right words in raising awareness about this research-based initiative," pic.twitter.com/OTbP1mhUDA

— Cori Coffin (@CoriC_FOX5DC) September 15, 2018

…which just goes to show that nobody can win these days. Excuse me while I go bury my head back into the sand.

[H/T Campus Reform]

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