One of America’s ritziest liberal arts colleges is offering a minorities-only meditation program so that participants can successfully rehabilitate “from racism- and race-related incidents.”
The fancypants school is Claremont McKenna College, a small, private bastion in sunny Southern California where the cost for one year of tuition, fees and room and board is $62,927 per year.
Claremont McKenna’s assistant dean of students for diversity and inclusion, Vince Greer, issued a campus-wide email on Wednesday announcing the minorities-only meditation program, reports The Claremont Independent, a student newspaper.
“The Cultural Influences on Mental Health Center at CMC is offering a FREE 8-week compassionate meditation program for ethnic minority students to learn how to heal from racism- and race-related incidents,” Greer wrote.
“Students must identify as an ethnic minority, must have experienced race-related stress, and must have attended one of the Claremont Colleges for at least one semester,” the assistant dean added.
(The italicized portion here was emphasized in Greer’s message, according to the Independent.)
“If you meet these requirements and are in need of such services, you are eligible to sign up!” Greer enthusiastically concluded.
Some students at Claremont McKenna said they were alarmed by the administration’s rank segregation by skin color.
“I find it disturbing that school funding is supporting a cause which excludes the majority of CMC students,” junior Shawn McFall, president of the Claremont College Republicans, told the student paper. “Too many school programming centers which claim to represent and foster diversity have become mere tools for exclusion.”
Another junior, Alex Ohlendorf, observed that the school-funded, minorities-only meditation program “specifically denies students the opportunity to participate on the basis of ethnicity.”
The minorities-only meditation program will be overseen by psychology professor Wei-Chin Hwang.
The program will also be “co-led by two students.”
In 2015, protesters at Claremont McKenna forced out a dean because they believed she hadn’t helped enough to address their set of race-based complaints. There was a brief hunger strike.
Claremont McKenna belongs to the Claremont Consortium, a group of five very expensive undergraduate schools located close to one another
Last year, a group of white students at Pomona College, another Claremont school, established a new, white-people-bashing group with the impressively long title: “We’ve Got Work To Do: White People for Deconstructing Whiteness.” “[W]e are all not only complicit in, but actively perpetuating white supremacy,” an ad for the group frothed. “Pretending that we are not racist and hoping that no one will discover our racism really doesn’t cut it.” Incredibly, the group was only allowing “white people who believe white supremacy exists” to join. (RELATED: White Students At $64,957-Per-Year College Start SEGREGATED Club Dedicated To Bashing White People)
In 2015, the student senate at Pitzer College, a third Claremont campus, flatly rejected a student’s proposal to establish a campus yachting club due to concerns that the word yacht is “exclusive” — and “luxurious” and “classist,” and fails to support “queer and trans people of color.” (RELATED: Student Council At $63,880-Per-Year Private College Rejects Proposed Yacht Club As Too ‘Exclusive’)