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College group cancels diversity 'happy hour' after excluding white staffers

Posted by on Mar. 13, 2014 at 10:15 PM
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College group cancels diversity 'happy hour' after excluding white staffers

by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Updated yesterday at 4:58 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An attempt to fight racism at a community college may have backfired.

A group of employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers.

The "Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color" encouraged employees to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of what was being called a "happy hour" to "build support and community" for people of color.

The invite made it clear white people were not invited.

The email read: "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."

"It was obviously a mistake," said SPSCC's Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth.
Braseth said the group that put out the email last week apologized the next day and canceled the event.

She said the college believes the best way to celebrate and discuss diversity is to include everyone.

"If you want to come you should be able to come, that just makes a richer conversation," said Braseth.

Karama Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school's Diversity and Equity Center, helped write the invitation.

She said it could have been worded differently, but she maintains the staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees.

"When trying to explicitly talk about race it can be a really difficult conversation for a lot of people," said Blackhorn.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM
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Sounds super diverse and uber racist.

So the ones who historically were treated in a racist fashion now think it's cool to be racist to others?

Ay, carumba!

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

That was a mistake?? Hardly.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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She said it could have been worded differently, but she maintains the staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees.

There is the pull quote from the article - no mistake there.

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Mar. 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

This is just stupid you can't have diversity without white people too! I've always hated the term people of color "white" people come in several shades of color, it's all just so irrtating and shit like this sets us all back 100 years. 

erika9009
by Silver Member on Mar. 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM
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Somehow whites are NOT considered part of the culture??? Humm.  

Ya know, I so can see someone in college thinking like this.  

Are the minorities becoming the very thing they hoped to eliminate????  


IMHO, These diversity dept and professors are just adding to my cost without adding a thing to the education.  They could have diversity as part of Sociology or something.  They could even make it mandatory.

This whole diversity thing in colleges seems to be someone "Acedemic world" pet project gone bonkers.

Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Mar. 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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 It's exclusionary tactics just as this that cause the creation of racial tension that may not have initially existed.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM
Quoting erika9009:

Somehow whites are NOT considered part of the culture??? Humm.  

Ya know, I so can see someone in college thinking like this.  

Are the minorities becoming the very thing they hoped to eliminate????  

IMHO, These diversity dept and professors are just adding to my cost without adding a thing to the education.  They could have diversity as part of Sociology or something.  They could even make it mandatory.

This whole diversity thing in colleges seems to be someone "Acedemic world" pet project gone bonkers.



That's why we are about last in math and sciences in the world, but numero uno in, Black studies
Half black studies
Asian studies
Women studies
Gender studies
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Quoting Canvas_says:

 It's exclusionary tactics just as this that cause the creation of racial tension that may not have initially existed.



Yep - Yep

mjmorrison
by Member on Mar. 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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I just want to know why someone wasn't fired. this was blatant racism.

4everMuslim
by Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

She said it could have been worded differently, but she maintains the staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white employees.

There is the pull quote from the article - no mistake there.

 I think I'll just give you a like and skip the reply because this is enough to really get me a on a roll and if that happens I guarantee most wont like what comes out of my mouth.

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