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The College Fix gets results: After we highlighted a staff editorial from the University of Oklahoma’s Daily that said “flesh-colored” (or “pale peach”) bras were a “subtle” example of racism and white privilege, other outlets picked up on the editorial, including the Fox News show Red Eye.

Now the editorial board is pleading with the Internet to stop making it a laughingstock of the Internet:

And now our Twitter account is getting tagged in posts suggesting other items and actions that our editorial board might think are racist. …

Just to be clear, we never declared bras are racist because they come in colors named “nude,” and in no way did we say the color of your bra might make you a racist. …

But since the Internet makes it so easy for content to be copied, pasted and altered at the speed of lightning, we want to use this instance to encourage readers to look at content in its original form before basing their opinions on an aggregated version.

Good advice! But the editorial writers can’t deny the fact that they said a common shade of bra intended to match the skin color of most purchasers was among the “subtle examples of racism they encounter every day.”

Read the full editorial – which includes many more examples of hecklers – here.

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The anonymous social media app Yik Yak has been blocked on campus at Vermont’s Norwich University because of “cyberattacks against some students,” the Associated Press reports, though it sounds more like cyberbullying from the college president’s statement:

“I just know that it is hurting my students right now,” he says. “They are feeling awkward, they are feeling hurt, they are feeling threatened.”

The creators have already blocked the app’s use from “areas near most middle and high schools” out of concern for younger users who may feel bullied, the AP said:

In a number of instances elsewhere across the country, people have been charged with crimes for making online threats or harassing someone via Yik Yak.

Colgate University students likewise have staged a three-day sit-in that was “inspired in part” by “bigoted messages” on Yik Yak – which was followed by more incendiary Yik Yak posts, Inside Higher Ed reports:

“I chose Colgate for the lack of it’s [sic] diversity,” reads one of the milder entries. “I knew the statistics. It’s not my fault you didn’t read the fine print.”

Reads another, “White people won life, Africa lost, sorry we were so much better than you that we were literally able to enslave you to our will.”

Colgate has sporadically dealt with race-tinged protests on campus, whose undergrad population is nearly 70 percent white, since a 2001 sit-in to protest “lack of diversity” and “racially insensitive messages” sent by a professor.

The new protesters demanded that the administration require faculty and staff go through “sustained diversity training,” increase financial aid to needy students and hire and retain more minority faculty.

Read the AP story here, and the Inside Higher Ed story here.

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Writing in The Daily Princetonian, Kelly Hatfield apparently assuages her “white privilege” by lamenting the media coverage of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Did we watch the same coverage? Because Hatfield is angry at the anti-Brown aspect of that coverage:

First off, Michael Brown’s death should be mourned regardless of whether or not that was him in the video of the shoplifting. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he was planning on attending college the following Monday. He should be mourned regardless of whether or not he drank and smoked pot. He was an unarmed man who was shot and lost his life, and for this reason he should be mourned. No one deserves to be shot six times and left on the sidewalk for four hours.

I call upon the media to stop “bringing to light” evidence that Michael Brown was “no angel” — an expression used to describe him in a New York Times article published on Aug. 24. It doesn’t matter. It matters neither in this specific case, nor in any others.

In a loosely related vein, I also call upon the media to stop its emphasis on the lootings and waves of teargas, and to reevaluate its priorities should a similar situation arise in the months and years to come.

Hatfield goes on to state she has “no doubt that he [Brown] was a wonderful person …” and calls on the media to “focus on the larger picture.” One may wonder how she is able to determine the former; regarding the latter, that “larger picture” is “inequality, segregation and racism.”

Again — what media is Hatfield watching?

Read the full editorial here.

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The football rivalry between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University took an unfortunate turn last weekend as anonymous racist messages about DSU’s predominately African-American population were posted on the social media site Yik Yak.

Delaware State is an Historically Black College (HBC).

Delaware Online reports:

UD’s Black Student Union this week brought the remarks to the attention of UD’s administration, BSU President Elliott Webster said.

UD President Patrick T. Harker condemned the racism in a Thursday letter to UD students, faculty and staff. The BSU appreciated the letter, Webster said, but Harker needs to speak more strongly and do more to fight racism at UD.

“There is still work to be done,” he said. “It’s time for an open conversation about race.”

One of the comments compared DSU’s fans to the notorious Bloods and Crips gangs.

Thankfully, the UD student newspaper The Review, noted that, although the furor over these few comments dominated Yik Yak — a site “usually dominated by dining hall food complaints and tales of drunken escapades” — “those posts do not represent the attitudes of all students at the University of Delaware.”

You think? But these anonymous knuckleheads’ idiotic comments were enough to generate a presidential letter to all of UD, as well as (the typical) requests for “conversations” about race in America. Which is probably making the knuckleheads laugh even more at the reaction they got.

And, since the comments were completely anonymous, unfortunately there’s always the possibility of this sort of nonsense.

Read the full story here.

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White privilege is everywhere, even your bra, according to the editorial board of the University of Oklahoma’s Daily.

That’s because the fashion industry has defined certain colors as “nude” or “flesh-colored,” the editorial explains:

Imagine this: you are a young African American woman who has run to the local department store to grab a “nude” colored bra to wear under a sheer outfit, say a game-day dress or a work interview blouse. But when you get to the store there is no “nude” lingerie, at least not for you. Bras in slightly different shades of pale peach abound, but there are few to no options for darker-skinned women and they aren’t advertised as nude-colored. How would it make you feel that the fashion industry and society at large has based its ideal of nude on Caucasian people? That the color of your skin doesn’t count as “nude?” …

Or think about nearly every advertisement you’ve ever seen for “nude” makeup or “flesh-colored” clothing? What exactly was the tone of those flesh colors? Almost definitely not shades of brown or anything darker than a pale pink, which is ridiculous considering nearly a third of the U.S. population was non-white as of the 2010 census

The board is also bothered by Band-Aids.

These are all examples of “subtle” white privilege and even racism, the board argues. Its column is actually a pitch for a new lingerie company called Nubian Skin, which “creates nude lingerie and hosiery for women of color and is built on the foundation that all women should have access to the same beauty products”:

The concept is so new that the brand’s online storefront hasn’t launched yet, but we posit the company will do quite well. After all, it is filling a hole in the market that larger lingerie brands have chosen to overlook.

And more power to Nubian Skin to fill an untapped market niche. If it succeeds, that’s an example of good entrepreneurship, like ride-sharing services using the excess capacity in most cars to make transit more efficient. But under the editorial board’s logic, that would make drivers without passengers guilty of genocide. Albeit “subtly.”

If you weren’t already afraid enough of making unintended racist gestures every day, the board wants you to dwell on it:

We encourage all of our readers to think critically about the small instances of racial bias they encounter each and every day.

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It’s one thing to lament that black Americans historically have not gotten much credit for the transformative music they created – and another to say that non-black musicians are somehow racist because they won an award.

That’s the thrust of a tweet by Anthea Butler, a University of Pennsylvania religious studies professor, responding to the award winners at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

As The Blaze notes, Butler was apparently offended that pop star Ariana Grande – who is of Italian descent – won a VMA. Her fellow nominees included two black musicians, Pharrell Williams and Jason Derulo, Campus Reform notes.

racistVMAtweet.twitter.screenshotThat tweet apparently drew immediate scorn, because she quickly deleted it (“I don’t have time for BS”) and started backpedaling moments later, tweeting that “white appropriation of black culture is applauded by awards” but blacks are “vilified for same sometimes [sic].”

She even suggested that she drills her racial views into her students: “I’m not going to lose my job over something I teach in classes everyday.”

Butler’s Twitter feed is now marked private.

Read the full Blaze post here.

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