Tuesday, September 6, 2016

S.U.N.Y. Offers Course Called "#StopWhitePeople2K16"

                The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton now offers a course called “#StopWhitePeople2K16” as part of its routine training for residential assistants. (“RAs” act as mentors and counselors- as well as peers- to the student residents they oversee).
                “#StopWhitePeople2016” appears on the school’s residential assistant training schedule, with the stated mission of giving RA’s an “overview of disabilities in Higher Education.” The course presenters, all RAs at the state-funded college, say their purpose is to “help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within.” The three RAs claim they will give “#StopWhitePeople2K16” course attendees the “tools” to respond to “uneducated people” with “‘good’ arguments,” according to the Dailywire.com. Uneducated people? (Like those with jobs…whose taxes pay your salaries, perhaps)?
                But this is not the extent of the RAs largesse. They also state that they will help other RAs at the state-funded college “hopefully expand upon what they may already know.” By God, is there no end to their beneficence?!
                The university’s conservative student paper, The Binghamton Review, noted- in reference to the course- that the university “seems to endorse it as a proper part of RA training.” It added: “At a public, state funded university, to potentially see racism endorsed is a frightening prospect for the future of higher education.”
                SUNY describes itself as New York’s highest-ranking public college.


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