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One Massachusetts state university sent out an email blast inviting students to racially segregated “processing spaces” following Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, referencing the “wrongful death” of Jacob Blake, who despite being shot by police in the Wisconsin riots, remains alive.
Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts did not seem to factcheck the email from their Diversity and Inclusiveness Center before it went out to students and faculty containing numerous false claims.
The communication falsely stated that Rittenhouse drove across Wisconsin state lines with an automatic rifle and killed two people protesting the death of Jacob Blake in 2020 before listing separate “processing spaces” for students based on the color of their skin.
Fitchburg State University is offering a space to “process the not guilty verdict”
In their announcement, they divide the students of color and white students: pic.twitter.com/oKYa5KCozS
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 20, 2021
“The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness is creating space for our community to process the ‘not guilty’ on all accounts verdict in the Kenosha, Wisconsin case where Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois native shot and killed two people protesting the wrongful death of Jacob Blake in 2020,” the email began.
“Kyle was acquitted of all charges in the case after driving to Wisconsin with an automatic rifle. This moment has and will undoubtedly impact many in our community, so please see these spaces as an opportunity to discuss your thoughts, emotions, and reflections,” the email encouraged.
“Students of color processing spaces” and “white student ally processing spaces” were offered to the student body as though the communication were a relic from the pre-Brown v. Board of Education era in the United States.
Segregated processing spaces were also offered to university faculty.
Rittenhouse faced five felony charges stemming from the shooting, including first-degree reckless homicide, two charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
He was charged with the fatal shootings of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum after unrest broke out in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white police officer who shot Blake seven times at close range as he was reaching for a knife in his vehicle.
Blake was partially paralyzed, but not killed and the officer was cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation. He was wanted on an arrest warrant, and resisted arrest at the time while being armed with a knife according to police.
The then-seventeen-year-old Rittenhouse defended himself on the third night of protests following Blake’s shooting with an AR-15 that a friend bought for him and kept in Wisconsin — the weapon was not an automatic rifle brought over state lines as the letter claimed.
The university was forced to issue an apology for the inaccuracies.
“In the haste of creating these events, some factual errors were included in the original communication. The intention of the communication was to inform our community as quickly as possible of the optionally available space given the holiday break,” the correction began, “These do not change the intent of the gatherings, which is to provide a space for members of the campus community to discuss their reactions and experiences.”
“We will create this space deliberately at a later time to ensure our entire community has time to process internally and is able to actively participate in the dialogue,” the email concluded.
The school defended its decision to offer segregated safe spaces to the Daily Caller.
“Organizing such discussion by identity groups is a proven educational strategy, and reflects the reality that different community members may process such events differently, and may feel more comfortable sharing their feelings with community members of similar background and identity,” Matthew Bruun, a spokesman for Fitchburg State University said.
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