Welcome to post-racial America.
Recently, incoming white students to Pomona College in California were immediately greeted with racism by a sign telling them they were inherently racist, and gave them instructions on how to be better allies. According to Campus Reform, white students were told that they needed to recognize their privilege, and simply stay silent when it came to debate, instead of defending themselves.
“Remember, just because POC [person of color] #1 isn’t offended by something, does not mean that POC #2 will not be offended by it either,” it says.
The poster goes on to states that “social justice is about BOTH elevating oppressed groups and simultaneously unpacking the privilege of dominant groups. These aspects are equally as important!”
Additionally, the sign claims that all white people are racist.
“Understand that you are white, so it is inevitable that you have unconsciously learned racism,” it asserts. “Your unearned advantage must be acknowledged and your racism unlearned.”
Further, the poster claims that white people should “just listen!” rather than explaining their own perspective.
So in essence, new white students are being told they are now second class because non-white students say they are second class. What kind of message does this teach students? That white people are inherently bad because they’re white, and non-white students are inherently victims because they’re not? Is that the mentality we want them sent out into the world with? What good does it do them?
According to Campus Reform, Pomona is no stranger to practicing racism on its campus.
Pomona College had several events last year that white students were not allowed to attend, yet the school’s website states that “Pomona College seeks to maintain an environment of mutual respect among all members of its community” and that discrimination on the basis of race “destroy[s] the foundation for such respect and violate[s] the sense of community vital to the College’s education enterprise.”
So not only is Pomona College filthy with racism, it promotes it, and then is hypocritical about it.
I feel sorry for the students who go there, white or not. This segregational attitude they are being inundated with, and this being hammered the impression that you are less than what you actually are – be it evil oppressor or victim of oppression – is only going to teach students that attaining your maximum potential is either wrong, or undoable.
Guess it’s in America’s best interest not to attend Pomona College.