Scripps College Pool Party Desegregated And Postponed After Safety Concerns

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

Groups organizing a no-white students pool party at a California college have postponed the event after first desegregating it earlier in April.

Scripps College’s Latina women club, Cafe con Leche, helped organize the event, which at first barred white students, then allowed them, and was finally postponed, reported Campus Reform.

“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,” Scripps College President Lara Tiedens told students in a Sunday email.

Initially, the sponsoring groups stipulated that the event “is only to 5C [Claremont Colleges] students identifying as POC.” Organizers then modified the description to reflect that the event was “open to all 5C students,” before deleting the page altogether.

Both the national Title VI, as well as Scripps’ anti-discrimination policy, forbid the school from discriminating on the basis of race.

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“[I] feel relieved that the event hosts decided to open the party to the entire community, including to white-passing individuals such as myself,” one Pomona College student told The Claremont Independent. “This way my POC friends are not forced to decide whether they want to spend time at the party or with me, but instead can have a fun time in an inclusive environment.”

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