Do you find it ironic that liberal universities attempting to fight â€œracismâ€� are often doing so by being overtly racist towards white people?
In what will surely be compared to the Evergreen college fiasco, the College Fix reported that Wake Forest University decided to make some â€œlistening sessionsâ€� for faculty and staff meetings unavailable to white people.
Wake Forest University is hosting a series of â€œlistening sessionsâ€� for faculty and staff of color that aim to advance inclusion efforts on campus.
The listening sessions come amid ongoing racial tensions on campus, including a protest Monday at which some students decried the â€œwhite supremacyâ€� that allegedly runs rampant at the private, North Carolina institution.
â€œDear faculty and staff colleagues, this is a reminder about our upcoming listening sessions on inclusion that I am holding for faculty and staff of color over the next several weeks,â€� stated an April 18 email from Michele Gillespie, dean of the college, to campus employees.
The email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, continued:
Here are the upcoming dates and information:
â€“For faculty/staff who identify as faculty/staff of color: Monday, April 22 at 4:00 pm in ZSR Room 476 (we will be joined by Associate Dean Erica Still)
â€“For faculty/staff who identify as faculty/staff of color: Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 am in ZSR 476 (we will be joined by Associate Dean Erica Still)
â€“For staff who identify as staff of color ONLY: Monday, May 6 at 4:00 pm in ZSR Room 477
Please know that I have requested that all department chairs provide staff release time to be able to attend a listening session.
Gillespie, as well as campus spokeswoman Katie Neal, did not return several emails over the last few days from The College Fix seeking comment.
As for the campus protest, the Winston-Salem Journal reported that â€œa coalition of students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest University demanded Monday that university officials immediately begin a zero-tolerance policy for white supremacy after several developments in recent months heightened concerns about racism on campus.â€�
Today, ARC and @out_winston stood in solidarity against how @WakeForest embodies, emboldens, and perpetuates white supremacy. This goes far beyond our campus walls. #WhiteForest1834 #OnOurTerms #OurC2C pic.twitter.com/4fmWQgknSD
â€” Wake Forest University Anti-Racism Coalition (@wfuarc) April 23, 2019
The article cites a few examples that have riled the campus community, including a â€œracist Instagram postâ€� that quipped about building a wall between Wake Forest and its crosstown rival, a historically black university.
Also cited was old yearbook blackface photos, and a photo of Wake Forest students posing in front of a Confederate flag in the 1980s, two of whom are now WFU administrators.
That Instagram post? It was actually a parody. As for the blackface photos, there are few universities across the nation that havenâ€™t found a few of those in old yearbooks. And the two administrators pictured in front of the Confederate flag â€” theyâ€™ve apologized. Their apologies have not been accepted, however. (Protesters are likely furious that one of the deans in the 37-year-old photo has refused to step down from her job despite their demands).
And although the Journal article doesnâ€™t mention it, there was another â€œracistâ€� incident from February â€” a student in a cowboy outfit whose lasso was mistaken for a noose.
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