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Public university hosts event that has students make bracelets with ‘privilege beads’

A recent workshop at California State Fullerton included students making bracelets with beads meant to represent their various forms of privilege.

The public university’s LGBT Queer Resource Center hosted the event, which was held on Tuesday and titled “Privilege Beads,” according to the Daily Titan. The student newspaper reported the event “aimed to initiate conversations about privilege and identity.”

From the report:

Students were asked to answer questions about themselves, and if an answer applied to them, they would add a bead to their bracelet.

Each station had different colored beads, including pinks, purples, blues and oranges, that represented a different aspect of identity like gender or race.

LGBT Queer Resource Center Program Director Chris Datiles said by having students make bracelets as a part of the workshop, it would spark conversations about privilege and oppression among their friends, family and across campus.

After students finished their bracelets, there was a discussion regarding the impact privilege plays in everyday life and how it affects each person individually.

The Daily Titan reports that Tuesday’s “Privilege Beads” event helped students fully recognize all of their privileges and understand how privilege influences other people.

“It’s interesting that you walk through life trying to survive, and you don’t realize why things are the way they are is because you have the privileges,” senior Mary Brown said.

The California State Fullerton event is the latest in a bevy of events hosted on college campuses and focused on issues such as privilege, race and gender. Ohio State University recently held an event aimed at “managing the trauma of race” and Dartmouth College will host an event next year titled “What’s Up With White People?”

Read the Daily Titan article.

MORE: University event highlights 14 ways ‘whiteness’ oppresses society

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  • T100C1970

    Go to the gym an punch the heavy bag for an hour.

    • ima_uzer2

      Are you advocating violence against gym bags!?!?


  • Byrd Westbrook

    God bless and best wishes to Antonia Okafor.

  • Maximus300

    Just an echo chamber they are creating.

  • MEK_93

    But they already live in their own alternative universe

  • frankw

    Channeling their anger? What are they angry about? That someone may have a different opinion or point of view? I suggest these folks question their own response to those proposing different approaches to problems other than their own.

    • sage419

      What, make them actually think about something? Easy, now. We don’t want any serious injuries amongst them…

      • Any One

        College is just another word for leftists indoctrination camps. There are no new ideas they are purely there to churn out good little socialists who will follow the party line of the political officer or политрук from политический руководитель.

        • ima_uzer2

          This is what concerns me. As a father of a soon to be teenager (especially a white male teenager), I’m concerned with the prospect of him going to college. Hopefully by the time he’s old enough, he can take all his college courses online. This way, we can sort through the BS.

  • Ralph Davis

    Dang, if I did that, my bracelet would be so heavy I couldn’t lift it. I’m proud and happy to one of the most privileged few. It means that for the rest of my days, I’ll have these uneducated servant-class crybabies at my disposal.

  • IndyGeezer

    So they will use twice the oil to heat space vs. just ignoring the reality. Way to save the climate!

    • Bob Loblaw


  • Parnell

    Ah, the “Tolerant Left”.

    • ima_uzer2

      Yep, ones who definitely don’t want to have their minds changed. And yet they consider Conservatives to be “closed minded”. Most of the “tolerant left” is anything but tolerant.

  • Blightness

    These nutjobs need to get bent.

  • SoylentGringo

    “…a more productive action for us without fueling the messaging of the Right.”

    Umm…anything y’all do, anything at all, fuels the messages of the right. The sooner you snowflakes realize & acknowledge that fact, the sooner you will be able to move on and dispense with all the palpable butthurt.
    The Alt-Left is anything but tolerant. I seriously doubt that they have the slightest notion what the word actually means.

    To Antonia Okafor, awesome work, keep it up! Seek public office!

  • Charles P

    I remember when I was a kid, IDIOTS KEPT PRETENDING that I WAS PRIVILEGED!
    They would point out certain things, and then I WOULD PROVE THAT THEY HAD THEIR FACTS WRONG!!!!!!

    This happened many times!


    I was pleasantly surprised with their solution and was encouraged by what appears
    to be positive progress in their handling of the situation. To be clear, my beliefs are
    as far from theirs as is possible, but their ability to show common courtesy and respect
    by finding a separate area to gather, versus attempting to shut the talk down and
    stifle free speech that has become too common lately, should be recognized as a
    positive improvement. Hopefully it will be seen as a step in the right direction, followed
    by maay more.

  • TLYG

    I don’t understand feminists – they demand empowerment but routinely shirk at every opportunity to become that fails to condemn men or “patriarchy.” Being responsible for oneself means being able to look after and defend oneself. Why is that so hard to understand?

  • gmartinz

    If they are “angry,” then I don’t want them anywheres near a gun

    • James A. Valenzuela

      If I’m not mistaken they are angry cause she’s a conservative and is for gun rights.

      • ima_uzer2

        Not only that, but she’s a black conservative woman that’s for gun rights.

  • PavePusher


  • LegalBeagle

    Be still my heaving stomach. Putting aside the crazy concept of “free speech”, which is not limited to speech that doesn’t upset someone, the entire underlying premise of their “anger” is drivel of the first class. It is intellectually and morally weak, and has no basis in law or fact. (And although one could discern the scrapes on my knuckles from decades of dragging, I have and use 2 graduate level degrees, and my wife is a professor of women’s studies.)

    “According to the NCVS, in 2016 the violent victimization rate among persons age 12 or older was 21.1 per 1,000 persons (see table 2 in Criminal Victimization, 2016, , December 2017 NCJ 251150).”
    Table 2 link: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6166
    In 2016, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations—a rate of 21.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older.
    The rate of stranger violence (8.2 per 1,000 persons) was higher than the rate of intimate partner violence (2.2 per 1,000).”
    (I have not looked carefully, but as a friend of mine noted, the rate of intimate partner violence seemed low compared to what we see in the CJ system. My best guess at this point is that the definition of “violent crime” used here is for the most serious levels of assaults, etc., and like most other crime, the majority of the violence against partners is most likely misdemeanor level and would not be reflected here.)

    Anyone who thinks that’s 5.7M violent criminals is a fool. It’s probably more like … 500K. Note that the sorts of crimes involved would almost certain justify lethal force to stop them – just like law enforcement, private citizens use lethal force at a very low rate compared to the amount of justifiable homicides we should have. 200K justifiable homicides per year at this rate would not even be a significant percentage, but would within a couple of years, likely have a really positive impact. (Note that this does not include burglars, even residential burglars, who if they enter an occupied residence, by necessary implication present a potentially lethal threat and presumably should be shot.)

  • Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar

    Separate, but equal?