Are you thinking of becoming a residential assistant (RA) at the University of Kentucky? Be prepared to be segregated. That’s right. UK has apparently separated students interested in joining the RA program into two groups: one for those of color and a different one for whites. Those reprehensible white people were sent to a “White Accountability Space” to receive instructions and were given a document that detailed 41 “common racist behaviors and attitudes of white people.”
At a time when our nation is suffering from unrest – as cities are destroyed in the name of racial equality – some educational institutions think it’s a good idea to teach people to be ashamed of the color of their skin. News of the University of Kentucky’s racial segregation reached Young America’s Foundation (YAF) through the Campus Bias Tip Line from a source who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the school.
The source provided the tip line with emails and documents from program staff. One email from the UK resident advisors, signed by “Lauren (she, her, hers),” mentions an upcoming presentation from Brandon Colbert from Bias Incident Support Services. Colbert was set to talk about “microaggressions and microinvalidations in the workplace and the harm that they cause.”
The email continued:
“This session will lead us into two separate breakout sessions – one for RAs who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color and one for RAs who identify as White. You received an invitation to both sessions, but you are expected to attend only one that corresponds best to your identity.”
“I have attached a document for those attending the White Accountability Space to review. There are not any materials for the Healing Space for Staff of Color, but should our facilitators provide any, I will let you know!”
Diversity Through Racial Segregation, Or Something
Do you need time to gape in disbelief and let that sink in? Without knowing anything of a person’s background, these students are sent to opposite ends, divided according to racial heritage. One group, the offenders, is sent to an “accountability” space while the other a “healing space.” The message is clear: All white people are wrongdoers, and all people of color are victims.
What are some of the 41 “common racist behaviors and attitudes of white people” listed on the document the white students are required to keep open on their computers? The tipster said: “We talked about how we could best support our minority colleagues and be more mindful of the microaggressions we commit against them every day by being white. They wanted us to acknowledge our ‘extensive white privilege.’”
Number one on the list is what they consider a misconception that white people have “earned” what they have today. Whites “believe they have ‘earned’ what they have, rather than acknowledge the extensive white privilege and unearned advantages they receive; believe that if people of color just worked harder…”
White People Crimes
Of the 41 crimes white people commit against people of color, most are repetitive and contradictory. Number ten on the list claims white people “interrupt and talk over people of color” and number 37 states: “if confronted by a person of color, [whites] view it as an ‘attack’ and focus on and critique HOW they engaged, not the original racist comments or behaviors.” Five months of not-so-peaceful BLM and Antifa protests certainly are a strong argument against that accusation. “How” someone approaches another person, and their actions, will definitely take precedence over the “message” if they are hostile or violent.
Another real kicker is number 18 on the list: White people “segregate themselves from people of color and rarely develop authentic relationships across race.” This is coming from the very people who literally segregate whites from people of color – putting everyone into a group of either victim or criminal. Because, yeah, this is the way to bring people together and try to work through any problems.
To make matters worse, Colbert, who led the session training white people on how they should accept responsibility for being born the wrong color and all their other race-related crimes, doesn’t care too much for these great United States. Just look at his tweets:
The University of Kentucky did respond to YAF’s request for a comment, but UK didn’t defend its actions. Jay Blanton, the university’s spokesperson, said:
“Our RAs trained by zoom together and also in break-out sessions around particular topics of interest. Further, a number of our students – and others in our campus community – have approached our counseling center about resources that can be provided to help on issues related to racial reconciliation.”
YAF’s chapter chairman Parker Bowman said the university’s decision to segregate RA training “is abhorrent. For a campus that prides itself on diversity, this is taking a step in the wrong direction. We should be talking to each other, not separating ourselves based on immutable characteristics.”
How does the left, or anyone for that matter, justify trying to bring awareness of racism by practicing racist policies? Not all white people are racist, and not all black people are victims.
*LN has added a block filter to the screenshot from Brandon Colbert: “****” to cover offensive language.
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