Thursday, November 01, 2007


I'm sitting here reading this mandatory training given by the Residential Life at the University of Delaware. Seriously, go through and read this thing, it's CRAZY! (Excerpts here, if you can't read a .pdf)

And there is more to it. The President of the school was sent a letter by FIRE, a group which supports the free thought of students, about the program and some of the statements that are made, here's a section of the letter;

The approximately 7,000 students living in the university’s eight housing complexes (in which most freshmen, those not living with family nearby, are required by the university to live) are required[1] to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their RAs. At these training sessions, such as the mandatory diversity training session attended by students from the Rodney complex, students are introduced to the views the university believes they must hold on a wide range of issues such as internalized and institutionalized racism, diversity, environmentalism, and social justice. The diversity training provided to RAs—who then facilitate diversity training sessions for students—provides insight into some of the specific beliefs the university wishes to impose on its students. For example, RAs attended an August 2007 “diversity facilitation training” session at which they received a list of “definitions and descriptions of racism.” Those definitions included: “A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality”; “REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege”; and “A NON-RACIST: A non term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism….” (Emphases added.)
The president halted the program, and wrote an open letter about the program's ending, but it seems to have the tone of "I don't care." It says;
While I believe that recent press accounts misrepresent the purpose of the residential life program at the University of Delaware, there are questions about its practices that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled. It is not feasible to evaluate these issues without a full and broad-based review.
FIRE has a more in depth report on the program from Tuesday.

World Net Daily has at least two articles about the issue, and it hit the AP wires as well. Hot Air was on it like a cheap suit.

I know the Honors Program here at Tech is run by Hard-Line Liberals who will call you out in class for being a Christian or a Conservative, but they won't make you say that you're a racist or a bigot.