University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes After Announcing Whites Only Zoom Conference

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Posted: Sep 09, 2020 7:25 PM
University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes After Announcing Whites Only Zoom Conference

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The University of Michigan-Dearborn accidentally tripped and fell into an old racist trope when they hosted a "non-people of color” and separate “Black, Indigenous, and people of color" virtual "cafes" for students.

Organizers thought they were doing the right thing – that is, according to the law of critical race theory and social justice. But in reality, separate activities for people based on whether they are black or white is straight out of the Jim Crow era and is actually illegal in many aspects of public life thanks to the civil rights movement. 

But the university's naivety and seemingly woke ignorance isn't without precedent as lawmakers charge forward to designate jobs, homes, and neighborhoods for people solely based on the color of their skin. They apologized for their gaffe just hours after the invitation went out to students. 

"UM-Dearborn sincerely regrets the terms used to describe the 'cafe' events held on September 8," a statement read on Wednesday afternoon. "The terms used to describe these virtual events and the descriptions themselves were not clear and not reflective of the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."

But as they explained further in the statement, they really hadn't learned their lesson at all. They specifically carved out groups to single out the differences between students based only on the color of their skin.

The “cafes” were virtual open conversations developed to allow students the opportunity to connect to process current events, share their experiences related to race, share knowledge and resources and brainstorm solutions. The original intent was to provide students from marginalized communities a space that allowed for them to exist freely without having to normalize their lives and experiences, while also providing students that do not identify as persons of color the opportunity to deepen their understanding of race and racism without harming or relying on students of color to educate them.

Whether or not they go on to use race-baiting tropes and suggest they are meant to "brainstorm solutions," segregated groups of students being indoctrinated into racist doctrine is a terrifying prospect. 

As riots and protests rage in the streets of American cities, racial division deepens under the radical doctrine that insists White people are inherently racist, and black people are inherently oppressed. The University of Michigan said the quiet part out loud, but the incident proves just how confoundingly bigoted any type of racial segregation truly is.