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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The University of Vermont Held a Three-Day Retreat so Students Could Confront Their “White Privilege”

The ghost of Mao's Cultural Revolution continues to march on. Can Mao's “struggle sessions” be far behind?

CampusReform reports:

The University of Vermont held a three-day retreat so students who “self-identify as white” could confront their own “white privilege.”

“Examining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White” took place last weekend, November 13-15, and was “specifically for white students.”

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According to the university, the self-identifying white students who attend the retreat will come to “recognize and understand white privilege from an individual experience” and have the opportunity to “conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lense as well as the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond.”

The self-identifying white students also tackled tough questions such as “What does it mean to be white?” and “How does whiteness impact you?”

The university website features testimonials from past attendees of the retreat, who praised the way the event was a “safe space.”

According to the school’s website, the University of Vermont offered the retreat at no cost to its privileged white students, covering all expenses including meals...

 Additionally, the university’s Center for Cultural Pluralism recommends various readings for its students, including "The Invention of the White Race," "White Privilege, Male Privilege in Race, Class, Gender," "The Feminist Classroom," and "The Abolition of Whiteness."

-RW

14 comments:

  1. the University of Vermont offered the retreat at no cost to its privileged white students, covering all expenses including meals...

    Irony....

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    1. The irony is that activities like this are incredibly racist. Something UV is supposedly trying to discourage.

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  2. Is this stuff happening spontaneously, or is it being pushed by some black op group behind the scenes?

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    1. My assumption would be that this is being pushed by the power elite (historically "white"). Even the "black" groups tend to be funded by this same group. As an oversimplification, the architects' strategies are to divide. Division/compartmentalization is step #2 (#1 is classification) in population control. It is part of a covert caste-like system which creates societal stability and predictability.

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    2. Thanks for your response. When I said "black op" I meant black as in dark/secret, not race. Is there a step 3?

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    3. #3 Foment discontent
      #4 Claim mandate for "change"
      #5 Consolidate power

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  3. A study shows that people that were made to feel humiliated adopted left wing politics.

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    1. That suggests something along the lines of Stockholm Syndrome. Any leads or links to where the study can be found?

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  4. These are just baptismal/confessional rites for atheists.

    "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing, they believe in anything."

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    1. Do you really expect to see Walter Block attending crap like this? You are aware the man is an atheist right? This is the kind of boorish comment one expects to find when clicking through some Drudge link, not here.

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    2. This is the kind of whining I expect to find everywhere but here.

      Regardless of the existence or non-existence of God, the people undertaking these retreats are looking for some sort of redemptive ritual in hopes of leaving past transgressions behind and rejoin a healed community. "White Priviledge" is Original Sin for upper middle class progressive atheist college students.

      While I'm sure Dr. Block wouldn't partake in this particular redemptive ritual, I'd bet you a smack to the face that he would agree with my characterization of it as such. AND with the time he saved by not having a childish Pavlovian response to the word 'God' he'd probably find time to understand and appreciate the quote and its applicability to matter under discussion.

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    3. I'm well aware of the quote. It isn't the word God that set off my whining, it's the collectivist nature of an asinine statement that doesn't apply to millions and millions of individuals.


      Yeah, I get it. The imbeciles who would attend such an event of self-flagellation are collectivist in nature and would and do believe any retarded nonsense they've been programmed to believe.

      I still dislike this quote.

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    4. I like the quote and thought it was appropriately used.

      Sacha... take a knee and chill.

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  5. "The university website features testimonials from past attendees of the retreat, who praised the way the event was a “safe space.”
    A safe space in the sense that those who decided not to attend risked their academic careers, while those who attended were duly and approvingly noted.
    Who can doubt that attendance was taken at each and every session?!

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