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Lefty Students: We Don’t Want White Roommates, It’s In The Interest of Self-Preservation

So, is there some sort of soft apartheid happening at the Claremont Colleges? I mean, when you have minority students openly voicing that they don’t want white roommates because they’re looking out for their own self-preservation and protection, you sort of get that vibe (via Claremont Independent):

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A group of students at the Claremont Colleges are in search of a roommate for next year, but insist that the roommate not be white. Karé Ureña (PZ ’18) posted on Facebook that non-white students in need of housing arrangements should reach out to either her or two other students with whom she plans to live in an off-campus house. The post states that “POC [people of color] only” will be considered for this living opportunity. “I don’t want to live with any white folks,” Ureña added.

Dalia Zada (PZ ’18) expressed concerns to the anti-white discrimination. “‘POC only?’ Maybe I’m missing something or misunderstanding your post, but how is that not a racist thing to say?”

“This is directed to protect POC, not white people. Don’t see how this is racist at all…” responded AJ León (PZ ’18), a member of the Pitzer Latino Student Union. Sara Roschdi (PZ ’17), another Pitzer Latino Student Union member, stated, “People of color are allowed to create safe POC only spaces. It is not reverse racism or discriminatory, it is self preservation.”

Oh, the victimization complex is strong here. If I’m around white people, I could die. Is that how we should read this? Another way you could read it is that these kids are a bunch of idiots, who think that all of them splashing around in this progressive cesspool will make them more whole in the real world. Grow up, kiddies. There are a lot of white people in the world, and you’re going to deal with them in one way or another. This is safe space syndrome on steroids, with a tinge of separatism that pretty much goes against the educational mission of almost every higher learning institution in the country. Students want to wall themselves off from comments they find offensive; this is an actual wall. Now, they can say all of these horrible things, but don’t moan or complain about when people call them out for their discriminatory actions. Soak them up, you might be induced to rethink some things—or double down—in which case I wish you the best being miserable people.

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