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Fostering Allies

A recent workshop at Kennesaw State University got some heat for segregating participants based on color during breakout sessions. The workshop, titled “Being, Becoming, and Fostering Allies: Building Relationships across Privilege,” asked those who identify as white to go to one room during the breakout sessions, and whose who identify as “people of color” to go to another.

The panelists, the school’s website claims, highlighted “the essential conceptual, relational, and emotional processes involved in ally development, using their long-standing relationships to illustrate key concepts and identify and model strategies for enacting ally intentions.” Panelists also explored “the ongoing process of developing and fostering allies and the challenges that emerge in these journeys,” and discussed “the essential roles of self-reflection, cultural humility action, and re-engagement after failures, as well as the qualities of relationships that facilitate ally development.”

The university claims the event was misrepresented as segregation.

“The goal of the workshop, which was led by an outside expert, was to foster learning and create an environment of understanding and support for one another,” said Kennesaw State University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel. “Attendees were asked to work together and then were invited to join the group with which they identify.”

I don’t see any mischaracterization going on.

Were the students separated by color?

Yes.

Then how in frozen hell is this not segregation? Even if it’s for part of the workshop, it’s still segregation based on skin color – the very thing African Americans fought against for decades, and the very thing some of them now crave as a safe space!

Not only that, but based on the title of the workshop, these “educators” are also dividing participants based on their perception of “privilege” based on nothing but the amount of melanin in their skin!

Fact is, nearly 18 million white, non-Hispanic adults live in poverty, according to statistics released in September 2016.

Fact is, many of them live in conditions so deplorable, they are ridiculed and denigrated by everyone, including the very same people of color who claim they have privilege, for their poor dental hygiene, for the meth prevalence in their neighborhoods, and for their “trailer trash” lifestyle.

Fact is many of them are immigrants, like myself, who came here with nothing and clawed their way out of the hole.

So you know what, snowflakes? When you are so poor you have to “shop” for clothing in other people’s garbage and eat ice cubes in the summer, because unlike all your friends, your parents can’t afford to get you ice cream from the ice cream truck, and when your furniture and appliances come from others’ dumpsters, and your dad fixes an old black and white TV he found on the curb for you to watch, then you can talk about others’ privilege.

Until then, claiming “privilege,” because someone happens to be lighter than you, segregating them, so you can bitch about how horrible and insensitive they are, and then claiming to do so in the spirit of increasing understanding and support for one another is painfully lacking in self awareness.

It implies that the only “understanding” you’re interested in fostering is forcing those of us who you believe are privileged by virtue of the color of our skin to admit that we’re racist, insensitive oppressors. You don’t want those you consider victims to understand the plight of their counterparts. You couldn’t give an infected penis wrinkle about the experiences, pain, and plight of anyone who happens to be white. You’re only interested in flogging them into recognizing the alleged “plight” of everyone else…

…not based on any objective experience, mind you, because it’s not like they get to know the participants on a personal level, but based on skin color.

If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is!

And if you need any additional evidence about the narrow-minded  bigots that infest that particular institution of higher learning fanatical derangement, look no further than the kind of shit goblins it lets loose on the world.

Gideon Lanstra, 18, said everyone in her family voted for Trump but she supported Clinton. She said it’s very hard to be friends with anyone who supports the president. At Kennesaw State, where she attended classes last semester, her roommate backed Trump. “I got silent angry,” she recalled. “That means I’m not going to punch you or yell at you, but gosh I’m upset.” Now she’s trying to find an apartment with someone else.

You want to foster understanding? You might want to start with this perpetually aggrieved cunt hair, who can’t even live in the same apartment with someone who holds different views from her, and rage quits a living arrangement, because TRUMP!

You want to create an environment where people support one another? You might want to start with ensuring that everyone’s experiences, views, and ideas are respected and heard – not just those whom you consider to be victims of cis/white/hetero oppression.

Otherwise, I’ll call you exactly what you are. Racist, hysterical moonbats, who are working to set race relations back decades.

Here’s a clue: Jim Crow isn’t a progressive ideal.

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