An email was sent out to the staff of South Puget Community College inviting them to a “happy hour” to “build support and community” for people of color. The email made it clear that this shindig was only for the racially privileged; white folk were heap unwelcome, and encouraged to segregate themselves.
The email read: “If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that.”
So, was this a “microaggression” against white people, or is it more macro than that?
Karama Blackhorn, program coordinator for the school’s Diversity and Equity Center, helped write the invitation.
She sounds pretty bossy. Given the associations on her Linkedin profile [Most of the student groups she joined at Evergreen State have LGBT or “Queer” in the name], it’s pretty clear she’s a member of the Gertude Stein Fan Club. Seriously, though, why does this position even exist? Aside from sowing division and racism, what do “Diversity Program Coordinators” actually accomplish. Could the costs of running a “Diversity and Equity” department be better spent making education affordable for all students?