Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., says it was just trying to be ironic when it named a training course for the upcoming school year “#StopWhitePeople2K16.”
The training course was apparently meant to spur discussion about diversity, not demean any specific race.
“The premise of this session is to help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within,” the program listing reads. “Learning about these topics is a good first step, but when encountered with ‘good’ arguments from uneducated people, how do you respond?”
Brian Rose, Vice President of Student Affairs, said the training course was not in any way anti-white.
“We verified that the actual program content was not ‘anti-white,’” Rose told CBS. “Topically, the discussion in the program was far-ranging, student-driven and explored reverse racism, the relationship of communities of color with police, whiteness, crime and segregation in an open conversation format.”
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As soon as news of the training course broke, many in the public and the media missed the joke and assumed that the school was offering an anti-white class.
Red Alert Politics catered to this idea with a headline that read “State college creates class: How to ‘stop white people.'”
“A couple of decades ago the three ‘R’s’ of education were, reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 2016 they’d be racism, reparations, and rape culture,” author Ryan Girdusky wrote. “SUNY Binghamton has become a leader in social justice warrior education. The state university has announced that they’ll be offering a ‘Stop White People’ course to help better inform any members of campus who choose to be ‘woke.’”