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College Holds ‘Whiteness Forum’

By  Pardes

Students at Cal State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) held a “Whiteness Forum” Thursday as part of the school’s “Annual Whiteness Forum and Day of Solidarity,” hosted by the CSUSM Department of Communications in response to the results of this year’s United States presidential elections.

“People of all races, genders, abilities, sexualities, and differences awoke on Wednesday, November 9th to a world that is more hostile, intolerant, and violent,” the forum’s event description reads, citing a Southern Poverty Law Center report on harassment incidences in the country since Election Day. “Many of us in the Department of Communication at California State San Marcos have been asking ourselves, ‘What do we say?’ How do we respond to violence, to racism, to sexism, to homophobia, and all other forms of intolerance? We say, ‘Ya Basta!’ ‘Enough! We will not sit silently. We will not be intimidated. We will bend our talents and our labor to make the world a safe space for difference.’”

“We are asking you to do the same,” the forum statement concludes, instructing students and faculty members to “bring your passion” in order to bring “community” to fight against “division.”

Additionally, the Communications department’s faculty website features “A Critical Look at Whiteness,” a campaign led by communications professor Dr. Dreama Moon “intended to intervene into commonly held notions of colorblindness” by building anti-’white privilege’ displays in the lobby of the school’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Building.

Moon claims “white supremacy” is “as American as apple pie,” and blames “people like you and I (sic)” for reproducing through daily practices that are deemed “American.”

Moon’s students are reminded of their ‘white guilt’ constantly, it seems. In a course titled, “Students in Communicating Whiteness,” students are forced to “expose” the “many shades of [white] privilege” by becoming self-aware of their personal racial biases combined with their “white advantage” over colored students.

CSUSM’s ‘whiteness forum’ is nothing new. In 2013, a similar event was held at the school’s campus to explore the “myth” of colorblindness. This year, the event simply intensified its message in response to Donald Trump’s presidential win.

It turns out, however that the SPLC report the CSUSM Communications department based their “whiteness” forum on turned out to be a “one-sided” hoax, the New York Post reported yesterday. According to NYP contributor Paul Sperry, the report, “Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election,” failed to properly identify “Trump-related” harassment incidences that were actually directed against white youth.

“People of all races, genders, abilities, sexualities, and differences awoke on Wednesday, November 9th to a world that is more hostile, intolerant, and violent.”

“Whiteness Forum” at Cal State University at San Marcos

“At least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president. But the group that surveyed the teachers didn’t publish the results in its report on Trump-related ‘hate crimes,’” Sperry wrote, adding the allegedly ‘nonpartisan’ civil rights group received funding from left-wing groups under billionaire George Soros, while its board members have contributed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission records.

“While there no doubt are legitimate reports of hate crimes against minorities — and even one is too many — hyping such incidents recklessly fans the flames of anxiety among such communities. And suppressing reports of crimes against Trump supporters gives a one-sided and misleading view of post-election discord,” Sperry concluded.

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