Being from the Deep South, it was hard not to learn about the evil of segregation. Thank goodness those days are over.
A group of Claremont Colleges students looking for roommates with which to share off-campus housing posted an ad on Facebook, with one caveat — white folks need not apply:
Student Karé Ureña (PZ ’18) posted on Facebook that non-white students in need of housing arrangements should reach out to either her or two other students with whom she plans to live in an off-campus house. The post states that “POC [people of color] only” will be considered for this living opportunity. “I don’t want to live with any white folks,” Ureña added.
Dalia Zada (PZ ’18) expressed concerns to the anti-white discrimination. “‘POC only?’ Maybe I’m missing something or misunderstanding your post, but how is that not a racist thing to say?”
“This is directed to protect POC, not white people. Don’t see how this is racist at all…” responded AJ León (PZ ’18), a member of the Pitzer Latino Student Union.
“People of color are allowed to create safe POC only spaces. It is not reverse racism or discriminatory, it is self preservation [sic],” Sara Roschdi (PZ ’17), another Pitzer Latino Student Union member, stated. “Reverse racism isn’t a thing.”
“We don’t want to have to tiptoe around fragile white feelings in a space where we just want to relax and be comfortable,” commented Nina Lee, a Women’s Studies major. “I could live with white people, but I would be far more comfortable living with other poc.”
“White people always mad when they don’t feel included but at the end of the day y’all are damaging asf [sic] and if a POC feels they need to protect themselves from that toxic environment THEY CAN! Quick to try to jump on a POC but you won’t call your friends out when they’re being racist asf [sic],” noted Terriyonna Smith (PZ ’18), an Africana Studies major and Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2016-2017 year. “I’m not responding to NO comments and NOPE I don’t wanna have a dialogue.”
Pay close attention to these bigoted students’ coursework: we have an African Studies major, a women’s studies major, and two members of the Latino Student Union. With such coursework, should we be surprised they fail to see they’ve embraced evil as a virtue?
Of course, they also fail to see that “people of color” and “colored people” are … awfully similar. Yet one is an “acceptable” term for non-white folks, and the other is only uttered by bigots. Or something. I’ll let you figure out which is which.
These kids have learned that “equality” actually means the exact opposite of equality. They have learned “social justice,” which is the exact opposite of justice.
The result? The evil of bigotry is back with a vengeance.