“this program is open to people of color only.” (UPDATE – program canceled after this reporting.)
My alma mater, Hamilton College, has become a hotbed of multi-cultural activism to the extent that Western Civilization has been driven off campus.
A reader and Hamilton alum posted a tip in the Tip Line about the latest fiasco, a diversity program segregated by race.
The brochure indicates there will be three sessions, one for people “of color,” one for “whites,” and one jointly. It does not indicate how these categories are defined.
The brochure is hard to read, so here’s the calendar announcement highlighted:
“In order to create a safe space, this program is open to people of color only. A similar conversation for white students, faculty and staff is planned for the spring semester.”
Eismeier, in his Facebook post, describes it as “separate but equal” discussions:
That does seem to be an apt characterization. Hamilton Professor Robert Paquette, co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Institute, provided the following comment:
Hmm, Hamilton College’s Director of “Diversity and Inclusion” using College funds to host an event on campus segregated by “color.” Orwell would have understood.
“Can you tell my why Hamilton has segregated the discussions by race, and whether the College believes such a segregation is consistent with Hamilton’s diversity goals.”
I probably also should have asked why students “of color” need a “safe space” on a campus like Hamilton, which is teeming with diversity initiatives (except for conservatives). I have not yet heard back, but will print Hamilton’s response if and when received.
I take it they don’t see the irony of segregating diversity discussion by race.
Update 9-23-2013: Hamilton College cancels racially-segregated diversity program