#StopWhitePeople from missing irony in name of college diversity session

A diversity session for resident advisers at a New York college sparked a lot of internet outrage because of the name: #StopWhitePeople2K16

Before social media began to peer into the portals of college life, much of what occurred on college campuses went unremarked.

And that was for the better in some instances – I would have been happier not knowing about “Millionaires and Mistresses” frat parties. Fascinated by any narrative that features young people, social media now parses every instance of alleged campus misbehavior, especially if it involves sports, sex or race. Social media critics often go after college kids with the sanctimony of the Salem witch trials.

That is what three resident dorm advisers at Binghamton University discovered when they named a recent diversity training session after a popular hashtag #StopWhitePeople2K16.

#StopWhitePeople is used to showcase bizarre news, such as the report about teens thinking their late grandfather’s ashes were cocaine and snorting them.

But co-opting the tongue-in-cheek hashtag for the diversity session at the New York campus kicked up an internet dust storm today.

Among the responses:

The outrage pushed university officials to issue a long statement:

Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs, said: 

A program facilitated by three resident advisors (RAs) as part of an educational program for RA staff training has prompted public and internal comment and inquiry. The program title “#StopWhitePeople2K16” was drawn from a familiar hashtag in use on Twitter, and was not invented by the program facilitators. It is my understanding that the hashtag is commonly used ironically.

The optional program was developed by the students themselves, supported by a young professional staff person. Its purpose, as conceived, was to facilitate a discussion among the RAs that would improve their ability to handle conflicts among residents around issues of diversity.

Upon learning of the concerns expressed over the session’s title by some off-campus groups and individuals, the University’s student-affairs office reviewed the session and the program content more closely to obtain an accurate understanding. We verified that the actual program content was not “anti-white.” The inclusion of the program in the educational session was not driven by any University administration initiative to advocate any specific viewpoint on diversity. About 40 to 50 RAs chose to attend the session, which ran concurrently with other sessions. Topically, the discussion in the program was far-ranging, student-driven and explored reverse racism, the relationship of communities of color with police, whiteness, crime and segregation in an open conversation format. Post-session feedback predominantly described the session as a respectful and productive conversation. Professional staff followed up directly with a few participants who had a mixed reaction to the program in support of those participants.

As the senior student affairs officer on campus, I’m supportive of the students’ efforts to facilitate dialogue around a challenging set of topics. Every day the student staff (RAs), the young professional staff (RDs) and the students who all live together in the residence halls engage one another in conversations about myriad subjects including many that touch race and diversity. Mostly those conversations happen in rooms, hallways, lounges and small-group settings, in-person and online, without senior administration involvement or media attention.

We can’t control those conversations and are not trying to do so. What we hope to do from an administrative level is cultivate an environment where our students listen to one another, learn from one another and do so in a manner that doesn’t cause unnecessary harm.  I have no indication that this particular program was inconsistent with the respectful environment we hope to support and sustain.

 

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There was nothing accidental of this title or topic. I have had my nephew and a cousins child attend college in this upstate area of NY state. They come back shocked that the SUNY schools in this swath about 2-3 hrs north of NYC are made up of Ghetto blacks on PELL grants and NY state's PELL type program until they flunk out. Then a white redneck mid state crowd that flies the confederate flag of their pickup trucks ( the Sullivan County crowd, that is depicted on Law and order field trips is real) . They also hang the confederate flag in their dorm rooms too. We grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo and were shocked at the rednecks of the upstate). It is a stange dynamic mid state.

POV1948
POV1948

Is this column tongue in cheek like the RAs use of "ironic" hashtag? No kidding, what is your point?

weetamoe
weetamoe

I would like to know why you do not post my comments.  In a "respectful" way, please.

rivercard
rivercard

" when encountered with "good" arguments" from uneducated people" 


"What we hope to do from an administrative level is cultivate an environment where our students listen to one another, learn from one another"


The disingenuous Brian Rose = Exhibit  "A"  for the case that  you can be educated and ignorant. 

72DCSD99
72DCSD99

Good grief!  It seems that where ever and whenever possible the media, "journalists" and bloggers just can't miss a chance to put a racial spin on everything.  Here's a clue.  Much like politicians, the media doesn't care one whit about you.  They are only interested in clicks and personal recognition.  And what better way to get it than stirring the racial pot.  

President Obama said, fairly recently, that the state of race in this Country has improved.  Respectfully sir, you are wrong.  It has not.  I'm not blaming the President, but let's be realistic and look at the state of things and rethink how "improved" it really is.  

This has got to stop and there has to be a compromise somewhere.

Teedubs
Teedubs

With great certainty, #stopblackpeople or #stophispanicpeople would be deemed unprintable not ironic.  Just say if you wouldn't do one you shouldn't do the other.  It does sound like a good conversation and it is good that the referees of dorm living were being trained to respond to the potential discussions. Maybe they also read the UofC letter to the group....hope?   

Astropig
Astropig

The only solace that I get from watching this generation wallow in self pity,hypocrisy and selfish personal grievance is knowing that they're going to,with mathematical certainty,have to live in this cesspool that they've created.Serves them right.


I can think of no better revenge than having them eat what they've cooked.

darryl hill
darryl hill

I say recall everything; especially social media and let's start over.


I don't care about anything I see or read any more. Wack jobs.


Have a nice day everyone.

Gman37
Gman37

"Topically, the discussion in the program was far-ranging, student-driven and explored reverse racism, the relationship of communities of color with police, whiteness, crime and segregation in an open conversation format."

Sorry kid. There is no such thing as "reverse racism." It implies that racism is only perpetuated by one race. All races can be racist. Hopefully the kids were educated about this or was this another example of the kids attempting to be "ironic"?

Linda King
Linda King

@Gman37 Agreed. There is only "racism." Many say that "by definition, black people cannot be racist toward white people," but that is from a made-up definition from themselves or their liberal professors. Meriam-Webster doesn't define which races can be "racist."


Also, I can assure you, the conversation about "reverse racism" was that "there is no such thing!!! White people who say that black people are racist against them are racist!! Blah blah blah"

Gman37
Gman37

"Topically, the discussion in the program was far-ranging, student-driven and explored reverse racism, the relationship of communities of color with police, whiteness, crime and segregation in an open conversation format."

No such thing as "reverse racism". It implies that racism is only perpetuated by one race. All races can be racist. Hopefully the kids were educated about this or was this their attempt at also being "ironic"?

ByteMe
ByteMe

Maureen, some of your resident trolls aren't going to get the irony either, because that would involve reading the whole article.

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

@ByteMe Oh...Irony...So when liberals are racist...its only irony.  Got it.  

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

No worries, it's just anti-white people.  That's not an issue at all.  


What a country.  Liberalism at it's worst.  


I just thank God that my kids didn't go to liberal indoctrination chambers that so many US "Universities" (cough cough) have become.

Linda King
Linda King

@dcdcdc Agreed. Slowly but surely, that is what they are all turning into. But then, the liberals will keep referring to conservatives as "uneducated" and will try to self-righteously say, "See! The conservatives would rather remain ignorant than get an education!" because in their eyes, educated = agreeing with their views. It's the worst form of bigotry..."if you don't agree with me, you're uneducated/racist/sexist/homophobic/voting against your best interests..."

bu22
bu22

@Linda King @dcdcdc https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/08/26/richard-pryor-in-the-era-of-the-new-racism/  Author bemoans that Richard Pryor wouldn't be seen as funny these days.  And what people calling others racist are really saying:  ""Racist" has a new definition now. Roughly, it means: I-hate-you-you-miserable-son-or-daughter-of-a-*****-you-should-eat-****-and-die.

Or words to that effect.

It also means: Shut up. I don't want to hear what you're saying.  Ever"  These RAs talking about "uneducated" people are just saying the same thing a little less coarsely.

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@trifecta_ Yep.  But no apology necessary.  Like this article just showcased, when you make insulting and/or false remarks against white people, you only need to laugh it off or perhaps even further insult them, and all will be made right in the eyes of the Leftists.

AtlantaAvenger
AtlantaAvenger

I can only imagine the insanity that would ensue if it was called Stopblackpeople. Or blackpeoplearen'tsmart or along those lines. If there's one group of people that don't get the joke it's black people and their liberal Democrat pals. 

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

@AtlantaAvenger Yes, the glaring double standards applied to them.  They will always be seen as inferior and never equals as long as this is the case.