“This just shows that identity politics has gotten to the point where even something as innocuous as skiing is an issue of race and oppression”
Why do so many people in higher education seem to think they can improve racial relations in this way?
Campus Reform reports:
Ivy League offers ‘free’ ski trip…but not for whites
Dartmouth College is offering students free skiing lessons this winter – as long as those students are not white.
Three “POC Ski Days” are scheduled this term, inviting “self-identified” students of color to ski for free. It is not clear whether the university is funding the trip or whether it is being funded in some other way.
According to an email promotion obtained by Campus Reform, attendees receive free ski lessons, transportation, and equipment.
While the events are not advertised anywhere on the university’s website, the event organizer, Dartmouth Assistant Director for Leadership and Experiential Education Tracie Williams, confirmed to Campus Reform that POC Ski Days are “university sponsored” events, and are, specifically, functions of the Outdoor Programs Office’s People of Color Outside Group, a student group called “Black Girls are Magic,” the school’s athletics department, and the Dartmouth Skiway.
Williams also confirmed that the free skiing would only be offered to students who are “self-identified” students of color, but clarified that the event itself is open to all “as it is held in a public space.” The organizer also expressed surprise that Campus Reform “got ahold [sic] of this event information,” calling it “interesting” and asking how Campus Reform obtained knowledge of the event.
“This just shows that identity politics has gotten to the point where even something as innocuous as skiing is an issue of race and oppression, and the fact that administrators feel the need to fund an event such as this exemplifies their preference for ethnic diversity over fiscal responsibility,” Dartmouth student Eashwar Sivarajan told Campus Reform.
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