“due to concerns about student safety”
This stupid idea is turning into a public relations nightmare. You would think someone at the school would have thought about how bad it looked.
The Claremont Independent reports:
Scripps College Pool Party Desegregated
Update: The pool party has now been postponed. Scripps College President Lara Tiedens sent out the following email to students this afternoon:
“The pool party has been postponed due to concerns about student safety in the wake of numerous phone calls and emails from the public expressing hostility and threatening physical violence.”
After the Independent reported that event organizers segregated tonight’s pool party at Scripps College, barring white students from attending, the organizers changed their event’s description to allow all students regardless of race at the Claremont Colleges—a consortium consisting of Scripps College, Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, and Pitzer College—to attend the pool party hosted at the college’s Sallie Tiernan Field House.
However, after the Independent’s article about the POC-only event reached a national audience, the organizers changed their events description to be more inclusive, and allow all students, including those who identify as white, to attend the pool party. The current version of Facebook event description states that the pool part “is open to all 5C [Claremont Colleges] students.”
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