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College staff planned diversity ‘happy hour,’ white people not welcome

Karama Blackhorn
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Staff members at South Puget Sound Community College decided to hold a “happy hour” to “build support and community” for people of color — unless the color happens to be white.

Invitations sent out to employees at the college located in southwest Olympia, Washington instructed them to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of the event, making it clear that white people were not invited, King 5 reported.

According to the local NBC affiliate, the email read: “If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that.”

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Kellie Purce Braseth, the school’s dean of College Relations, told King 5 it was a “mistake,” saying the best way to celebrate and discuss diversity is to include everyone. She also said the group responsible for the invitations canceled the event and apologized.

But Karama Blackhorn, who helped write the invitation, didn’t appear to be all that apologetic, suggesting that it’s difficult to discuss race with white people around.

“That space is not for white people, that space is for people of color,” said Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school’s Diversity and Equity Center.

Blackhorn doesn’t seem to grasp that you can’t achieve diversity by discriminating against people who are different from you.

“This kind of contradicts the message they’re trying to send, don’t judge people based on their color… but they’re judging white people because they’re white” said one student.

As for the reference to “white privilege,” a key component to critical race theory, it’s a good indication of how prevalent the concept is on college campuses and how it is used to beat white students into submission.

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