Every once and a while you run across a story so unbelievable that you're almost certain that someone has made up details or otherwise twisted reality. I imagine this happens on an everyday basis whenever we read some new conspiracy theory or wander about the blogosphere. Last night as I was browsing about, I stumbled over something that seemed almost completely unbelievable, as much as it might agree with some of my preconceived notions. It involved a diversity program at the University of Delaware wherein all the RA's received training and were then to spew the information back to students in the form of lectures, interviews, and activities and then to rate them from best to worst on how well they were progressing in their indoctrination.
Most of the information about the program came from an organization for free speech rights called FIRE
, and you can see their initial press release about the incident here
. You're probably wondering what in the world the program was supposed to be teaching the students by this point. Well, it looks like they managed to get a hold of some of the training documents used earlier this year and it's a doozy.
Seriously, take a look at this link
and see if you're not completely baffled that someone let this sort of crap pass. It's some of the most offensive stuff I've run across in ages.
Here's some of the bits within:
“A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)" - Page 3
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites, and to affirmative action policies, which allegedly give 'preferential treatment' to people of color over whites. In the U.S., there is no such thing as 'reverse racism.'" - Page 3
“A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face of racial oppression, and to shift responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called "blaming the victim"). Responsibility for perpetuating and legitimizing a racist system rests both on those who actively maintain it, and on those who refuse to challenge it. Silence is consent." - Page 3
"Have you ever heard a well-meaning white person say, 'I'm not a member of any race except the human race?' What she usually means by this statement is that she doesn't want to perpetuate racial categories by acknowledging that she is white. This is an evasion of responsibility for her participation in a system based on supremacy for white people." - Page 8
Hell, I guess that I should be happy about this. By these definitions I can't be a racist and most of you honky bastards have been oppressing me without even knowing it. Maybe in order to asuage your, apparently well-justified according to this document, white liberal guilt all of you out there who are white should send me reparations of some sort.
It looks like in subsequent days the mainstream media has also picked up the story. The one nice thing about that happening is you tend to get more concise reporting. It's always a bit of a pain to pick things up in bits and pieces from blogs and online sources. Also, it's much easier for the MSM to do interviews and get quotes from people. Most individuals are hestitant to say much when some random blogger calls them and asks for a statement. I'm going to reproduce the entire Philadelphia Inquirer article under a LJ cut if you want to take a look.( Collapse )