Ithaca College taking heat over segregated year-long ‘anti-racism’ course to ‘dismantle white supremacy’

New York’s Ithaca College is under fire for its creation of an Antiracism Institute which the university claims will “dismantle white supremacy.” How will that be achieved? By segregation, of course.

For the 2022-23 school year, staff for the so-called institute will be separated into “affinity groups” and the meetings will be held at different times on different days, ostensibly to ensure there’s no fraternization among the groups.

During the first semester of the year-long course, staff will “learn about recognizing, responding to, and redressing racial inequities.” In the second semester, the groups will reportedly be racially integrated.

Fox News Digital was able to capture information from the college’s website before they removed it from public view.

“Because Ithaca College is a predominantly white institution, much of the institute’s work is focused on unpacking the impact of centering whiteness and working to decenter these practices.”

“The curriculum will be based on building equity literacy abilities, starting with the recognition of systemic racism and features of white supremacy in person, policy & pedagogy. We then move into responding and redressing these features in the participants’ local contexts. In the second semester the curriculum will focus on cultivating and sustaining communities,” the website states.

According to the Daily Mail, the Antiracism Institute is the brainchild of the college’s Center for Faculty Excellence, which aims to “serve the college community through a commitment to holistic, integrated teaching and learning at every level of community life.”

Information on how staff and faculty can apply is as follows:

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is turning in his grave,” said one social media user of the proposition, while another observed, “Well, I guess we’ve returned to the 1950’s.”

Another person tweeted, “We are going backwards here in the battle against racism.”

More from the volumes of responses to the news on Twitter:

Ithaca is not the first to launch such institutes rooted in segregation by race. In March of 2021, Tufts University in Massachusetts created the “Tufts as an Anti-Racist Institution” initiative, the first order of which was to remove 11 portraits of the university’s former presidents for the immutable characteristic of being white people.

One event in the series of lectures is titled Radical Healing, which is meant to “create an important, safe space for staff and faculty at Tufts whose racial demographics are categorized as ‘BIPOC.’ It’s a place where black, Indigenous and people of color can come together to discuss how marginalized and oppressed people should live ‘free of discrimination, racism, and oppression.”

Regarding Tufts, one angry person posted online, “This bull***t has got to stop, we simply have to stop tolerating this nonsense. Every single organization that tries this needs to be sued immediately.”

Another person who claimed to be an alum of the university added, “As a once proud alumnus of Tufts, I am speechless that they are promoting SEGREGATION and RACE SHAMING.”

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