Once it was made public, North Carolina-based Elon University reportedly decided to cancel weekly so-called white-caucus Zoom meetings, set to start on February 16 for School of Education students, because the attendees weren’t going to be diverse enough and at the same time insisting that the seminars constituted an unofficial event.
An email that originally announced the event for education majors implied that the intent was to create a safe space for students from other demographics while the invitees discussed their complicity when social justice is found wanting.
“A white caucus is a space for white-identifying individuals to engage in conversations that unpack race and systemic oppression. White caucuses allow white-identfying [sic] allies to have these conversations in a way that does not burden or re-traumatize people of color. White caucuses give white people a space to learn about and process their awareness of and complicity in unjust systems without harming their friends of color,” it reportedly read.
The email in question surfaced through the campus bias tip line administered by Young America’s Foundation. Participants would have been required to sign a strict nondisclosure agreement. The email also claimed that “racism and systemic oppression are woven deeply into the roots of our society and our education system.”
A university official deflected responsibility for the event. Fox News reported that Vice President of University Communications Daniel Anderson informed them that the event was “organized by a group of students in the School of Education and that it had learned of the event on Tuesday. But according to YAF, the email was sent to all School of Education students by Jennifer Strange, Elon’s coordinator of graduate programs in the school.”
He added that excluding anyone from a university activity violates the institution’s anti-discrimination policies.
“Racially segregating conversations meant to improve race relations and build community will only create more division…Separating students by the color of their skin is the antithesis of having a diverse and welcoming campus.,” YAF’s Kara Zupkus asserted.
The program may not be newly launched, however. According to the Elon News Network, Education Dean Ann Bullock in a September 2020 email allegedly invited students to participate in a nine-week, 75-minute per session, white-caucus course as part of the school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Traditionally, colleges were places where individuals of all backgrounds and walks of life came together in an atmosphere of free speech to discuss and debate various issues and philosophies.
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In general, critical race theory and similar progressive agenda items that have gained currency throughout the education industry, and apparently in the Biden administration, unfortunately create divisiveness in many scenarios. Moreover, collective guilt or guilt by association has never been part of the American tradition.
There is also a potential violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act among other federal and state statutes and regulations.
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