No Whites Allowed At Vermont College Racism Workshop

Dominic Mancini | Reporter

Do you eat dog? Well, a Vermont college claims that’s a derogatory question.

The University of Vermont is hosting a “Racial Aikido” workshop on combating racism and responding to racist questions — and it’s “for self-identifying students of color only,” according to the school’s website.

Hosted by UV’s Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC), the workshop slated for the 2018-19 school year will address several questions deemed racist, such as “do you eat dog?” and “can I touch your hair?”

Students of color will learn how to “respond to acts of racism,” “debunk vicious stereotypes,” recognize “racism within the U.S. context,” and heal from its impacts. (RELATED: ‘Dangerous Speech’: Arizona College Workshop Will Combat Mean Words)

Free of charge, the workshop occurs annually since its creation in 2006, with the motto: “Respect Recognize Respond Replenish.”

Similarly, UV hosts an “Examining White Identity Retreat” created “specifically for white students” to consider questions like, “what does it mean to be white?” and “how does whiteness impact you?” A group picture on the website shows attendees who all appear to be Caucasian.

While the site hasn’t listed events occurring after the 2017-18 school year, university public affairs director Jeff Wakefield confirmed to The Daily Caller that the “Racial Aikido and Examining White Identity Retreat are both expected to occur again this upcoming year.”

The university did not immediately comment on exactly how minority students should respond to the “racist” questions in the workshop description.

Other UV racial workshops double-down on identity politics, such as the “Queer People of Color” program, the “Sisterhood Circle” for non-white women, and “The Brotherhood,” a group for multi-racial men that originally received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A description of the MCSC mentions black, Latino, Asian, and immigrant students — but not white students. (RELATED: Caucasian ‘Pervasiveness’ Is Out Of Control: Student Project On Racism)

Kent State University in Ohio offers an orientation program specifically designed to assist black and Latino freshmen, and Washington’s Evergreen State College has previously conducted a no-whites-allowed “Day of Absence.”

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