College event on race excludes white people

By Neal McNamara | March 12, 2014
SPSCC

An Olympia-area community college is defending itself after some of its employees attempted to hold a faculty event that excluded white people.

According to a King 5 report, employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent an invitation to 300 staffers to a happy hour to “build support and community” for people of color. But the invite insinuated that whites were not invited, apparently because they would make it uncomfortable to have a full conversation about race.

“Shame on South Puget Sound Community College,” commented KTTH host David Boze. “They need to rethink their entire diversity program. The fact that you’re paying tax dollars to subsidize these kinds of classes is an outrage in itself.”

Under scrutiny, the college’s Diversity and Equity Center director, Karama Blackthorn, said that the invitation could have been worded differently. She asserted that minority staffers might feel more comfortable talking about racial issues without white people hanging around.

“It really illustrates something I’ve noted for a long time. When the left voices the policies they want, they tend to be offensive, and then they retreat,” Boze said. “They want white people to feel excluded from any conversation about race. As if white people have a lock on racism around the globe.

“Do all people of color have the same cultural experience? Even talking in group terms, the idea that all groups have the same experience doesn’t quite measure up. And so it’s a very bizarre thing. Diversity should be about opinion, right?”

Kellie Purce Braseth, South Puget Sound Community College Dean of College Relations, said that the invite was “obviously a mistake” and that Blackthorn’s groups canceled the event.

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