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Bahar Mustafa, a “welfare and diversity officer” at Goldsmiths University in the UK, reacted to accusations that she’s a racist by saying she can’t be one based on how society is set up.

Late last month, the school’s students’ union had organized a meeting about diversifying the curriculum. However, Mustafa took to social media to note that the meeting was only for “BMEs — black and minority ethnic women.”

After media in the UK and US (including The College Fix) pointed out that such an edict is, well, racially exclusionary, Mustafa upped the ante.

The Daily Caller reports:

“There have been charges laid against me that I am racist and sexist towards white men,” she said. “I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender, and therefore women of color and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”

“Reverse racism and sexism are not real,” she added, castigating the media for engaging in a “witch hunt and shameful character assassination.”

As The DC points out, the dictionary definitions do not agree with Mustafa’s. But … when has that ever stopped (radical) progressives? Her signification of those terms, after all, is common among those on the academic left.

Similarly, the (current) perceived “epidemic” of white-on-black police shootings has led to an … altered definition of the word “murder.”

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Notorious for its preppy attire, the party has become something of a symbol of campus exclusivity

An annual Kentucky Derby-themed party held by a sorority at Dartmouth College has been accused by campus #BlackLivesMatter protestors of being overtly racist and recreating an Antebellum South atmosphere on the Ivy League campus.

A group of about 20 protestors crashed the party, standing outside of the May 2 function carrying signs declaring “black rage” and accusations of oppression. They also used a bullhorn to amplify their chants at revelers.

“I can’t breathe,” was repeated, as well as, “What is Derby? It’s the face of genocide,” and, “What is Derby? It’s the face of police brutality,” according to video of the protest. They also yelled “our brothers are dying, our sisters are dying,” and held a die-in, lying on the street.

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The Dartmouth Student Assembly President-elect attended the Derby party, and engaged protestors in a heated debate, which has prompted student activists to demand his resignation. While the president-elect is a gay, black student who holds left-of-center positions, one of the protestors purportedly accused him of being an “Uncle Tom.”

As the protest unfolded last Saturday, partygoers – dressed in pastels, fancy hats and sun dresses – had mixed reactions, the video shows. Some ignored the demonstration, while others just glanced at the spectacle. A few attendees appeared visibly upset.

“Derby” is an annual invite-only party hosted by Kappa Delta Epsilon and held the same weekend as the Kentucky Derby. Over the years it has been criticized as celebrating rich, elite students and creating an outcast aura for the so-called have-nots. Notorious for its preppy attire, the party has become something of a symbol of campus exclusivity.

RELATED: Dartmouth Students Claim Racial Oppression, Threaten ‘Physical Action’ 

In response, several alternatives to the event are offered: a neighboring fraternity hosts a cookout open to all students, while another fraternity hosts “Anti-Derby,” an open event featuring a massive mud pit. In fact, many students who start their day at the Derby party later on leave to attend the other two parties.

While most students are content to protest Derby’s exclusivity by participating in these alternatives, others, it seems, are not.

Saturday’s demonstration was the first time the party was crashed by protestors. Yet many #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators donned sun dresses and other clothes similar to outfits worn at the Derby party. Moreover, the video shows them at times laughing, smiling and chuckling as their protest unfolded.

Meanwhile, some protestors have since demanded that the president-elect of Dartmouth College’s Student Assembly resign. Frank Cunningham had left Derby to confront his angry peers, and at one point that interaction got a bit heated, although never physical.

Cunningham had approached two of the protesters, both black women, one of which he appeared to know, the video shows. Their civil conversation then became lively, and Cunningham, visibly disturbed, retreated. After some time, Cunningham and one of the women started to talk to each other.

Several campus sources have told The College Fix that Cunningham was called a “Tom,” a shortened form of the epithet “Uncle Tom,” which is used to refer to black Americans who are perceived as “sucking up” to “the white man” and “betraying their own kind.”

Other witnesses allege that further similar remarks were made, but the video does not confirm or deny any of these reports, as the chanting blocked the sound. What can be seen is the two proceeded to exchange words, and Cunningham leans close to her face while allegedly shouting “I can’t breathe” in a mocking tone.

Now Cunningham has been accused of acting in a threatening manner, and students have launched a petition calling for his resignation. The petition states that he “taunts, mocks, screams, and forces his way into the face of a female Dartmouth student protestor.” It argues that “despite ones’ (sic) views of the protesters or their message, surely such embarrassing behavior by the president-elect of Student Assembly is uncouth, unjustified, and counter to the values of mutual respect….” At the time of publication, the petition had 450 signatures.

The website used for the petition allowed signatories to provide reasons for their backing or comments. While many of the comments were alarming, three stood out as particularly worrying.

Sadia Hassan wrote that, “to insinuate that the woman must have incited this violent act is nothing short of victim blaming.” Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu argued that, “Frank’s behavior was incredibly disrespectful and shameful especially considering he is a black man himself and the protesters are protesting for people who look like him.” Most vulgar was Josheph Ramsawak, who commented that, “We ain’t here for f*ckboys and shoe-shining coonery.”

On May 6, Cunningham apologized to the student body through email, writing:

Dear Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions seen in the video taken at the protest. I had no business approaching a female member of our community in that way and I understand how my actions came off as threatening. I can say nothing more than I allowed my emotions to get the best of me in a heated moment after being called a derogatory name. At no time is my behavior excusable and I’m sorry for causing this burden on our community. As a minority queer student myself, I would never want my actions to make an individual feel silenced on this campus. Ensuring a safe community for all of us is my main priority and I want to prove that to you all over the next year. It hurts that it’s been perceived that I am not a supporter of the #Blacklivesmatter movement, but I sincerely hope that my imminent plans and initiatives aimed at addressing these nationwide issues and issues at home are indicative of my commitment. Overall, I’m a human being, I made a mistake, and I am deeply sorry. These last few days have been very emotional for me, and I promise it won’t happen again. …

I promise you all that I will regain your trust. Best, Frank

College Fix reporter Sandor Farkas is a student at Dartmouth College.

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America is a rigged Monopoly game, ergo white privilege

A Christian college professor has caused an uproar on campus by saying that activism against “white privilege” is hostile to Christianity.

His offhand remarks on Facebook, followed by a deeper explanation in the school paper, drew a slew of criticism from others at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago – including one who compared white privilege to a rigged game of Monopoly.

Bryan Litfin, who teaches theology, first found himself in hot water after criticizing a poster from the African-American student group Embrace, whose March 3 event “White Like Me” featured “thoughts on race from the perspective of a privileged person.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, in response to a Facebook photo of the flyer advertising the event, Litfin wrote on his Facebook page: “Using the term ‘white’ to categorize millions of people under one catch-all term, then pegging them as elite oppressors, is offensive on its face and unworthy of Christian discourse.”

Though Litfin tried to walk back the comments with the Tribune, he ended up expanding on them in an April 15 op-ed in the The Moody Standard.

BryanLitfin.MoodyBibleInstituteThe professor apologized for how he handled the situation, but then explained how the rubric of “white privilege” is “taken straight from a radical and divisive secular agenda.”

Litfin said it promotes the idea of “collective sin,” disregards hard work and ignores struggles faced by all people, white included.

He cited the “New Covenant” between God and his people in the New Testament, which replaced the collective sin of Israel: “Therefore, an entire race should not be held accountable for the sins of individuals. It doesn’t work like that anymore.”

Litfin argued that white privilege “aggressively define[s] others, stigmatize[s] them, [and] lump[s] them together,” acting against Christian love and ignoring the present reality for many people worldwide considered white.

Litfin’s argument was also personal, discussing how his grandfather immigrated to America and his father, the first in the family to attend college, went on to earn two doctorate degrees. “God celebrates” the privileges that Litfin received by virtue of his family’s hard work.

TalFortgangIt’s an argument that recalls Princeton University student Tal Fortgang’s much-ballyhooed essay last year, in which he “checked the origins of my privileged existence” and learned about his family’s escape from the Nazis and his father’s hard work to give him a better life.

Litfin’s piece reminded his readers of “the cry for social justice from the white oppressed,” such as “the Caucasian widow, the orphan, the sex trafficking victim, the mentally ill” and others.

It’s another way that white-privilege proponents “unintentionally squelch the voices of the oppressed” by adopting the language of “worldly unbelievers,” he said.

Although Litfin did not respond to requests for comment, he expanded on his views to Christianity Today.

He explained that he was not trying to deny the existence of racism, but rather ensure Scripture and Christian principles had a proper place in the discussion: “I simply wanted to serve my community with some reflections from Scripture about how we should talk about it.”

Though he does not necessarily disagree entirely with the idea of privilege, skin color alone does not “automatically” provide privilege, Litfin told the magazine.

Litfin received harsh feedback from the Moody community in the pages of the Standard.

Clive Craigen, who teaches intercultural studies, wrote that American society is like a game of Monopoly in which the rules were “rigged” for certain players to start and only changed halfway through to be fair to all.

The benefits continue to accrue for players who were favored from the first half of the game, Craigen wrote. Though black people and women now have equal rights, history still impedes progress, he said: “Privilege is the current expression of historical realities.”

WinfredNeely.MoodyBibleInstituteWinfred Neely, a black faculty member who teaches pastoral studies, went so far as to accuse Litfin of exercising white privilege by asking that the term not be used.

Describing how he had earned multiple degrees and could speak several languages but white people were sometimes surprised to learn he is black, Neely then rebuked Litfin, his “valued colleague and a brother in Christ.”

For a white man to disagree with the vocabulary used to discuss racism, Neely argued, “is arrogant and an ironic example of the voice of white privilege.”

Embrace could not be reached for comment.

College Fix reporter Matt Lamb is a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

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NOTE: This post has been updated. See below.

The mainstream media love police shootings and the subsequent reactions, sometimes violent.

No, I don’t mean that way — I mean that they give the twenty-four hour news cycle something to pontificate about endlessly (usually from the left) … but most especially they open up opportunities for academic “experts” to jump in and opine.

Too often, quite doltishly.

The protests/riots in Baltimore this past week certainly were no exception.

Take Vanderbilt’s Tony N. Brown for starters. Professor Brown, a member of the school’s sociology department, argues that “white privilege” is to blame for Baltimore’s woes.

“White people act ‘routinely to harm, demean, and damage black and brown people’ … These actions ‘explain the lofty levels of frustration and despair among black and brown youth,’” he writes in The Tennessean, Nashville’s largest newspaper.

Brown also castigates white parents for “sending children to ‘racially homogeneous’ schools and churches, living in predominantly white neighborhoods, and failing to read children’s books featuring minority characters.”

The professor then offers a solution to help “combat” white racism: “create a massive, grassroots surveillance network to capture video evidence” of it.

Use cell phones and GoPro camcorders to “record the discourteous way co-workers or service industry workers or police officers treat you,” Brown writes in The Tennessean.

“Record your friends talking about the indignities and micro-aggressions you as a person of color, for example, face in all- or mostly-white spaces,” the professor instructs. “If you happen to identify as white, then record Uncle Roy talking at a private family gathering about the good old days when blacks knew their place. Record how pleasant your interactions are with police officers doing routine traffic stops.”

“Then let’s all post our videos,” Brown declares concerning the vague last step in his racism surveillance scheme.

Tufts University’s Peniel Joseph, the “founder of a growing subfield that he characterizes as ‘Black Power Studies’ — which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history” — says that “we’re missing the deeper historical roots” behind Baltimore’s protests … two generations of African-Americans have been shaped by a criminal justice system that ‘criminalizes black people en masse.’”

Augustana College’s Dr. Christopher Whitt offers up an all-too typical progressive retort — that we need “real discussions” about the “high level of frustration” many in Baltimore have due to “lacking hope” and “lacking opportunity.”

Does anyone think that these “real discussions” will include the fact that (liberal) Democrats have run the city for over two generations? That African-Americans have held significant power in the city for years?

The “white privilege” mantra rolls on with Professor Cody Pogue of Houston Community and San Jacinto Colleges. Pogue says that “White people nearly always get the benefit of the doubt, but black people rarely ever do.”

He continues:

“In America, we subject an entire race of people to this unfair treatment” and then “we send white police officers into their communities who often expect them to be criminals in the first place. Then those white police officers mistreat them and often wrongfully kill them. Then we expect them to smile and take it.”

Pogue apparently is not aware that the Baltimore Police Department is about half minority, and that half of the accused officers in the Freddie Gray case are African-American. And he definitely isn’t aware that white officers “often wrongfully kill[ing]” black suspects is an outright falsehood.

BaltimoreProtest-FibonacciBlue-flickrLastly, Pogue, sounding like President Obama’s “You didn’t build that!” attributes his success in life to … luck: “I am a white college professor with a masters degree, but I am no better than the people rioting in the streets. I just got a little more lucky somewhere along the way.”

Young Conservatives’ David Rufful writes that Stacey Patton, a professor of American History at American University, appears to argue that “mothers shouldn’t stop their children from participating in violent protests because they are part of an effort to resist white supremacy.”

How come? Regarding the now-famous mother who, all caught on video, tracked down her son and smacked him silly, Dr. Patton says that “in this country, when black mothers fulfill stereotypes of mammies, angry and thwarting resistance to a system designed to kill their children, they get praised.”

Georgetown’s always-verbose Michael Eric Dyson included in the protesters’ “concerns” “the slow terror of expulsions from schools, the rising rates of lead poisoning, the export of jobs to places across the waters.”

Fordham’s Mark Naison said the riots were the “violence of gentrification.”

The University of the District of Columbia Law School dean, Shelley Broderick, offered to delay exams for students who would head over to Baltimore and offer free legal advice to protesters.

Broderick is quite the progressive; in her law school’s 2006 newsletter (she was editor-in-chief) a conversation about race mentioned that the subject (race) is “used to divert attention from control by the ‘fascist regime.’” (Remember who the president was in ’06.)

Her newsletter also detailed the “proud” showing of the film Quiet Revolution, the Ultra Conservative Attack on Our Constitution which examines, ironically enough, the “expanding of executive power” and the “narrowing [of] basic civil liberties.”

Well-known cable talking head and Morehouse College prof Marc Lamont Hill scoffs at the idea that there are only a few “bad apples” among the Baltimore police. He calls the department “an occupying force in the hood.”

He also refers to the violence in the city as “uprisings” against “police terrorism.”

Lastly, our ‘ol pal Brittney Cooper, who teaches Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies (of course!) at Rutgers, calls the riots “acts of justifiable rage and rebellion” and that since a “founding principle of this republic is that Black people are not fully human … revolution and rebellion [only] remain the province and property of America’s white citizens.”

Cooper also refers to Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as well as Gen. Linda Singh of the Maryland National Guard and new US Attorney General Loretta Lynch as “white supremacists in Blackface.” Because, after all, they “do the state’s bidding.” Or something.

Don’t expect the inanity to stop anytime soon. Keep your eyes and ears peeled through the (possible) eventual trial. And if a trial is moved to a different venue and/or the officers are acquitted

UPDATE: The original version of this article attributed an opinion by Young Conservative’s David Rufful to American University’s Stacey Patton. We regret the error.

Dave Huber is an assistant editor of  The College Fix. (@ColossusRhodey)

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It seems that nothing short of capitulation to their full agenda – however ambiguous it is – will satisfy some college diversity activists.

Vanderbilt Hustler columnist Joshua Everett writes that talking to people about your differences and seeking common ground is just the latest manifestation of “institutional racism,” apparently:

The emphasis on conversation promotes the illusion that progress can come through simply trying to change people’s feelings and emotions. What this notion misses is that we all exist within a racialized institutional framework that can’t be dismantled through shooting the breeze across color lines.

“Those in power” are the ones who benefit when we have conversations, and they use university funding to “co-opt” minority groups, Everett says:

Funding is something that every student organization needs in order to function, and being supported by the institution can boost the legitimacy of an organization. However, one should take precaution whenever a university office like the Dean of Students offers to sponsor a cultural event or advise a cultural organization, because funding is also a source of control for the funder. … Instead of pressuring the university from outside the power structure to expedite the pace of change, many organizations get absorbed into the bureaucracy of the institution. They lose their effectiveness as an advocate/activist group because they submit their ability to disrupt for a few more dollars and a stamp of approval from the 16th-ranked White folks in America. In the meantime, diversity and inclusion remain endlessly uttered and hopelessly shallow buzzwords.

Great, then student governments can just cut off funding to race-specific student groups with no repercussions, right? I’m sure they won’t protest.

Everett is also tired of “students of color” being pressured to “get outside of their comfort zone” by interacting with those who don’t look like them:

Meanwhile, White students are hardly ever given the responsibility to do the same. This belief works to construct “inclusion” as an invitation for cultural groups to assimilate into the dominant culture. It assumes that the dominant culture is the default to which everyone should aspire to adhere. … Many good-hearted White liberals, and others, at Vanderbilt broadly push this distorted view of inclusion that fails to recognize the value of other cultures while simultaneously ignoring the fundamental flaws that exist in White culture.

It’s a good thing we have brave students who are willing to broach the hushed topic of “the fundamental flaws” of white culture! Maybe one day we’ll even have a fawned-over movie about it.

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Because there is such a dearth of diversity — and discussions about it — at universities across the land, Ohio State will play host to the twenty-first National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning this coming Monday and Tuesday.

Valerie Lee, OSU vice provost and chief diversity officer at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, certainly earned her lengthy title by nabbing the conference:

“The (conference) has become an invaluable source to help keep Ohio State at the forefront of inclusive excellence, providing students and professionals in all walks of life a way to learn best practices, address relevant topics, and understand differing perspectives on diversity.”

The Lantern reports:

“We try to offer our attendees a number of different sessions … things that are very pertinent to today’s world as far as what’s affecting us and where are we going in regards to diversity, race and learning,” Taylor said.

Monday will be a preconference day full of training sessions, and this will be the third year it has been with the conference.

One of these sessions will be hosted by Debby Irving, the author of “Waking Up White,” and she will be the featured speaker of her sessions. According to the book’s website, the book looks critically at racism in the country and how to properly talk about it.

Tuesday will be the conference day and will feature 20 sessions that will be announced at the event, Taylor said.

A majority of attendees will be from Big Ten states, Taylor said, adding that in the past, there have been attendees from states as far California and Texas.

“In a university of this size, it is not only a microcosm of the United States but is a microcosm of the globe. Because of that scope, that breadth, it is important to not only engage, understand, but also show respect for people of other cultures,” Taylor said.

“How to properly talk” about race and racism certainly sounds intriguing. Any takers that “properly” means “how Ms. Irving — and (racial) progressives — want you to talk about it”?

Being that Ms. Irving dubs herself a “racial justice educator and writer,” and based on the reviews of her book noted above, it’s probably a safe bet.

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