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University of Delaware recently made a decision to subject its students to mandatory “treatment” (‘treatment’ is a term used by the university) where they learn that “all whites are racist”, racism by the ‘people of color’ is impossible, and George Washington is merely a “famous Indian fighter, large landholder and slave owner”.
The university requires that the students adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. Students are forced to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a “diversity facilitation training”.
RAs are required to ask and students are forced to answer private questions such as “When did you discover your sexual identity?”
After the one-on-one meetings, RAs must then prepare reports on each student’s cooperation and viewpoint, ranking them and the progress they’ve made during “treatment”.
Students are not allowed to express disapproval of the “treatment” or of the questions that deal with their political views, sexuality and other private matters. Expressing disapproval will result in a negative report of the progress they’ve made during “treatment”, which may result in punishment.
Students are forced to achieve “competency” as a goal of the “treatment”. ‘Competency’ requires that “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.”
Student are also forced to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the university’s ideology, such as displaying specific, school-approved door decorations and taking action by advocating for a social group that is defined as “oppressed” by the University.
Below is the contact information for the Grand Inquisitors of the University of Delaware :
Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware : 302-831-2111; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen G. Kerr, Director of Residence Life, University of Delaware: 302-831-1201; email@example.com
The following are quotes from the booklet that students must learn, which was compiled by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
“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. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)”—Page 3
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites, and to affirmative action policies, which allegedly give ‘preferential treatment’ to people of color over whites. In the , there is no such thing as ‘reverse racism.’”—Page 3
“A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face of racial oppression, and to shift responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called “blaming the victim”). Responsibility for perpetuating and legitimizing a racist system rests both on those who actively maintain it, and on those who refuse to challenge it. Silence is consent.”—Page 3
“Have you ever heard a well-meaning white person say, ‘I’m not a member of any race except the human race?’ What she usually means by this statement is that she doesn’t want to perpetuate racial categories by acknowledging that she is white. This is an evasion of responsibility for her participation in a system based on supremacy for white people.”—Page 8
“The notion of indigenous people as more akin to animals than human beings is at the basis of U.S. policy toward Native Americans. In 1784 George Washington, famous Indian fighter, large landholder and slave owner, advised the Continental Congress that it would be cheaper for the new nation to buy up Indian land than to make war on Indian people for the land. If you make war,
Washington cautioned, ‘the savage as the wolf’—both wild beasts of the forest—will retreat for awhile and then come back to attack you. Washington ’s metaphor stuck. The young nation-state, and all sectors of European- American; began to view the Native American as a wild animal.”—Page 10Download file "University Forces All Students To Say That All Whites Are Racist"