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Students at Brown University to be Allowed to ‘Self-Identify’ as Persons of Color

Students at Brown University to be Allowed to ‘Self-Identify’ as Persons of Color

“American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander.”

Does this mean white students could identify as black on school and loan applications? That could create some problems.

The College Fix reports:

Brown University to allow students to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color

Brown University is implementing a change to its graduate school application that will allow applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color. Multiple efforts by The College Fix to clarify the details of this change were ignored by campus officials.

The policy comes as a result of complaints made by graduate students on the Graduate School advisory board that international and Asian American students are not treated as members of historically underrepresented groups by the university, according to The Brown Daily Herald.

One graduate student, Lydia Kelow-Bennett, told The Herald that this decision has led to “institutional invisibility” for these students. Brown defines historically underrepresented groups as “American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander.” The school’s diversity initiatives are intended to benefit members of these groups.

Brown’s criteria for historical underrepresentation “caused some students to not receive invitations to certain events, such as a multicultural student dinner,” The Herald reported.

How allowing applicants to self-identify as persons of color will affect policy relating to the diversity initiatives, and whether the university will take any steps to verify applicants’ self-identification, remain unclear. The Fix reached out multiple times to Brown’s graduate admissions office to inquire into how Brown would ensure that applicants were telling the truth about their self-identified ethnicity. The office did not respond.


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Do I have to identify as a member of an identified group or can I create my own? Instead of Black or White can I identify as Purple or Green? What about Martian (from Mars) or Andromedan (from the Andromeda Galaxy) instead of Pacific Islander? Will I get special privileges because I am from a smaller group?

    It all depends on how much the white patriarchy has aggrieved your new identity group. Your best bet would be to self-identify as being from several of these groups… that boosts your Grievance-Score™

Wait, I thought ‘white privilege’ was at the top of the totem pole of racial privilege. Why wouldn’t brown students want to self-identify as white?

regulus arcturus | November 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

Sorry crazy Brown, can’t do this.

As a recipient of federal funds, Brown is required to keep accurate records of student ethnicity and other identifying factors.

Allowing students to “choose” how to identify jeopardizes those funds.

    Maybe it’s a subtle hint to students to identify as needed minorities to ensure that the university can claim adequate proportional representation of minorities on campus, yet maintain a high academic graduation standard without compromising.

Sounds to me like both cultural and racial “appropriation”.

Did they hire Rachel Dolezal as VP of Diversity or something?

Connivin Caniff | November 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Does that also mean that they can choose to refer to their university as White, Yellow, Red or Rainbow University, rather than Brown University?

“Here at Brown, you’re all brown. As long as you aren’t white, it’s okay. We will expel you if we find you putting up flyers saying, ‘It’s Okay To Be White'”

Great idea … that’ll work just fine … until you’re held to answer for the behaviors and injustices of the race you identify as.

Just how much BS are these people going to come up with … evidently … it’s endless.