An author preaching about white privilege at Georgia Southern University was not appreciated by everyone.
Author and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Jennine Capó Crucet visited the school as part of a book series for first-year students. She was to discuss her novel “Make Your Home Among Strangers,” which follows the story of a poor Latina girl who is accepted to a selective, high-end school in New York.
Some students were not a fan of the author’s novel as they felt the depictions of white people were too generic.
“I noticed that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged,” one student reportedly told Crucet during her talk. “What makes you believe that it’s okay to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught. I don’t understand what the purpose of this was.”
“I came here because I was invited and I talked about white privilege because it’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question,” the author replied.
“What’s so heartbreaking for me and what is so difficult in this moment right now is to literally have read a talk about this exact moment happening and it’s happening again. That is why a different experience, the white experience, is centered in this talk,” she added.
Some students were so upset with Crucet’s book and her talk that they reportedly took to burning her book.
so after our FYE book’s author came to my school to talk about it… these people decide to burn her book because “it’s bad and that race is bad to talk about”. white people need to realize that they are the problem and that their privilege is toxic. author is a woman of color. pic.twitter.com/HiX4lGT7Ci
— elaina⭐️ (@elainaaan) October 10, 2019
“Students at @GeorgiaSouthern literally burning my novel. This is where we are, America,” Crucet wrote about the book burning on Twitter.
— Jennine Capó Crucet (@crucet) October 10, 2019
She later released a longer statement on the matter through Twitter.
Here’s my official statement about what happened at the @GeorgiaSouthern event — and please direct all questions or media requests to James (dot) Meader (at) picadorusa (dot) com.
Much love and gratitude to all those who’ve shown support here and elsewhere. Abrazos to you all. pic.twitter.com/9uEuALUlvs
— Jennine Capó Crucet (@crucet) October 11, 2019
“I hope GSU can act from the same place and work to affirm the humanity of those students who might understandably feel unsafe in the aftermath of the event and the book burning, and that the campus continues the difficult and necessary conversation that began in that auditorium,” she wrote.
“While it’s within the students’ First Amendment rights, book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values nor does it encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas,” John Lester, Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing at Georgia Southern, told The George Anne in a statement about the book burning.
Crucet’s latest book is entitled “My Time Among the Whites,” and it is a collection of essays that finds Crucet exploring “the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born.”
“White privilege” has become a more and more popular term among the politically correct, though it remains to be seen if the term will ever really catch on. Comedian Chelsea Handler released a poorly-reviewed Netflix documentary recently examining her own privilege, and even Democrat presidential candidates have taken to saying they want to explain white privilege to average voters.
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