The pitifully goofy notion of addressing racism — somehow — by bringing back the separate-but-equal doctrine keeps popping up at colleges and universities.
The latest incident occurred last week at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash., reports Seattle-area NBC affiliate KING-TV.
Staffers in the Diversity and Equity Center sent an invitation to all 300 employees of the taxpayer-funded school concerning a happy hour intended to “build support and community” for “people of color.”
The invitation stated in no uncertain terms that white people could not attend. It instructed recipients with the right skin colors to reply seeking the highly confidential date and time of the happy hour.
The email did have some advice for white recipients, though. “If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that,” it read.
Diversity and Equity Center staffer Karama Blackhorn, a multi-pierced woman with a long, thin braid, helped write the invitation.
“That space is not for white people,” she told KING-TV. “That space is for people of color.”
In hindsight, Blackhorn said, she wouldn’t have used the exact words she used. However, she hasn’t backed down one bit from the sentiment.
“When trying to explicitly talk about race it can be a really difficult conversation for a lot of people,” Blackhorn told the NBC affiliate, “especially when trying to openly invite folks to build a space of solidarity.”
Blackhorn’s bosses did not agree.
“It was obviously a mistake,” Kellie Purce Braseth, the school’s dean of college relations told the station. “It was badly worded.”
Braseth also noted that the Diversity and Equity Center has canceled the whites-excluded happy hour and apologized for the language in the invitation.
Students who saw the invitation also didn’t think a racist happy hour would be a good idea.
“This kind of, like, contradicts the message they are trying to send,” said one white kid in a KING-TV student-on-the-street interview. “They are, like, judging white people because they are white.”
A course fulfilling a diversity requirement is required for all students who want a degree from the community college.
While the politics of all the employees in the Diversity and Equity Center aren’t clear, Blackhorn appears to be a fringe leftist.
Her Facebook page indicates that she graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2010 with a major in “women, gender and sexuality studies.”
Her Facebook “likes” include Occupy Seattle, Lez Occupy, Seattle Out & Proud, Planned Parenthood Action, United Farm Workers and Earth Day Network
Blackhorn’s Twitter handle appears to be @HeathenHomo, though the account has only one follower and no tweets.
Segregating people by the color of their skin is all the rage among committed leftists these days. In September, for example, a virtual copy of the events at South Puget Sound Community College happened at ritzy Hamilton College in upstate New York. (RELATED: Trustafarian rich-kid college brings back separate-but-equal race segregation)
Just this month, in Canada, the University of Ottawa’s student government came under fire for sponsoring a discussion about racism in which participants were segregated into racial groups. (RELATED: University addresses racism by having a racially segregated group discussion)