Resident Assistants (RAs) – those who supervise students at a dorm – at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton are being trained on how to tackle white privilege and other forms of systemic white racism that’s entrenched in our society today. They’re offering a training class called #StopWhitePeople2K16. As the name suggests, they aim to help RAs learn how to deal with white students and their inherent racism.
A snapshot of the RA training class lineup was sent to the college newspaper Binghamton Review’s Facebook page. According to the class description, “the premise of this session is to help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within.”
In addition, “learning about these topics is a good first step, but when encountered with ‘good’ arguments from uneducated people, how do you respond?” The description concludes: “This open discussion will give attendees the tools to do so, and hopefully expand upon what they may already know.”
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Did you catch the irony? They’re wanting to help people understand “diversity” by preaching about how to respond to “uneducated” white students. What makes white people automatically uneducated? The color of their skin, of course. Their “whiteness” means that they’re born racist, privileged, and worst of all, completely oblivious of their own inherent bigotry.
Writing for the Binghamton Review, Howard Hecht blasted the hypocrisy of the campaign to “stop white people” under the comical guise of “diversity”:
For a university dedicated to providing an inclusive environment, calling an event “#StopWhitePeople2K16” seems counterproductive at best. The name is divisive, politically motivated, and does nothing to actually prevent racism. If anything, it seems to imply that the “uneducated people” mentioned in the event description must be white.
Why, then, would it ever be productive to directly refer to someone’s skin color as something which makes them worth “stopping?” Furthermore, if Binghamton University is going to endorse “stopping” someone due to his or her skin color, without any explanation for why he or she must be “stopped,” would that not be a real example of racism on campus?
Hecht concludes by saying that he hopes the university will reexamine this training class on white privilege and how to “stop white people.” As the writer stated, these kinds of classes don’t contribute to promoting diversity, but “promoting prejudices.”