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University tells campus community to notice other people’s skin color

One university has advised its campus community to notice the color of people’s skin in order to not be oppressive.

“Reject color blindness” is one of five pieces of advice doled out on the University of Southern Indiana’s website under the headline “five tips for becoming an ally collaborator for women of color.”

An “ally” is often synonymous with people with white skin who embrace leftists’ collective identity philosophies. They “acknowledge disadvantage and oppression of groups other than their own” and “commit to reducing their own complicity or collusion in oppression of those groups,” according to the post, written by the University of Southern Indiana’s Women of Color in the Academy.

In “rejecting color blindness,” the academy argues that the “belief among an overwhelming number of scientists is that race is a social construct without biological meaning.”

“However, we do not mean to say that somehow race is not real,” it adds. “Race is, of course, real. We live in a country and a world where skin color has long been used as a way to systematize discrimination and brutality. It can have life or death consequences.”

This sentiment seems to stand in direct contradiction to the Civil Rights movement, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous expression: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

But more and more universities today teach that colorblindness actually contributes to racism. In fact, the University of Southern Indiana is among dozens of institutions nationwide that have advised students in recent years to reject colorblindness, saying it amounts to white people who do not want to acknowledge race.

Today many universities tell students that the following statements are microaggressions:

“When I look at you, I don’t see color.”
“America is a melting pot.”
“There is only one race, the human race.”

Campus diversity officials argue these statements deny a person of color’s racial and ethnic experiences and deny the individual as a racial and cultural being.

In the article posted on the University of Southern Indiana’s website, the academy’s tips urge students to listen to people of color, saying they “have long been denied the ability to voice their experiences and concerns.”

According to the website, the academy “is a campus-wide network at USI, committed to highlighting the work of women of color scholars and staff, promoting their development and advocating for institutional change on their behalf.”

Other advice includes telling the campus community that it’s time to stop prefacing outrage toward current examples of injustice with “How could this happen in the year ___” — that “People of color and scholars of race have been saying there is a grave problem all along.”

Similarly, the university hosted a workshop ahead of Halloween that included a discussion of cultural appropriation in costumes and culminated with an opportunity for students to make their own costumes that are “culturally appropriate,” The College Fix reported.

“People of color often have vastly different experiences from those of white people. It is important for everyone, on all sides, to understand where others are coming from to affect positive and lasting change,” the website states.

The university has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

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  • Larry Moran

    The university won’t respond for comment? Fancy that.

  • TxMedRgr

    Then the liberals complain that conservatives are anti-education. Well yes, when the “education” doesn’t teach anything and cost $100,000+.

    • m a

      Yeah, it’s more being anti throw $100,000 per student down a toilet with the taxpayers being on the hook for funding the loans, and eating the balances when the students can’t pay them off.

  • Jerry_In_Detroit

    I think the term we are looking for is credentialism. Students graduate with degrees that have become increasingly debased. Many are meaninglessness except as a record of indoctrination.

  • WereTurtle

    If you care about the color of someone’s skin, you are a racist. If you don’t care about the color of someone’s skin, you are a racist. No matter what you say or do, you are a racist. I care just as much about the life experiences of a woman of color I don’t know as I do the life experiences of a white guy I don’t know, which is to say, not very much.

    I judge everyone by the same standard – by what they think and do – you know – by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

    • Pooh Bear

      Wow. Racist!


  • “We want to end racism by promoting racism”.
    It doesn’t get any more Orwellian than that!

  • Nathan

    If you want tribal divisions, you’ll get tribal divisions.

  • CurmudgeonNYC

    Damned if you do and damned if you dont. Stupid.

  • Johnny Thorne

    In America we try to not make skin color an issue. Millions of people have marched and voted to overcome discrimination. This so-called university, in all places, Indiana, should relocate to North Korea to introduce it to the real world where physical features matter.

  • Mike Danger

    “I have a dream: where my four young children will grow up in a Nation where they will NOT BE JUDGED BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN but by the content of their character… I have a dream…”

  • gail24

    Just Crazy. We have made an about face in race relations. This is a case where you are racist if you do and racist if you don’t.

  • elton perkinsino

    There is NO reason, with today’s technology, any parent should send their child to any public school, at any level!!!

  • Dr. Donny

    Clearly the prime reason for eliminating core courses is to get those who should never have been accepted into college graduated – and that can only be accomplished by using soft courses in nonsense topics. Requiring a course in economics or history would require someone to read an actual book and learn real things – which they never did in high school. So, as we all know, going to college today is similar to going to middle school and, unfortunately, qualifies one to work at a fast-food restaurant.

    • BobRoss

      It’s all about the criminal background check. You’re behind the times. Get on board with your Republican Party.

    • jimb82

      It’s not about graduating people. It’s about what the faculty wants to teach.

  • This is all Cultural Marxism designed to destroy our culture. Look up “The Frankfurt School” to see the big picture.

  • Linda Lee

    The dumbing down has been going on for quite some time now. Many who enter college now can’t even read Dick and Jane.

  • Linda Lee

    Yale University has decided “decolonize” their English Lit program. Poe and Shakespeare and Chaucer are offensive. Hell most of them can’t read Dick and Jane.

    • DixieRocker94

      Or Romeo and Juliet, because we can’t assume their genders.


    Guess I’m a racist. OH WELL.

  • Byrd Westbrook

    We are paying a heavy price for a fantasy called “DIVERSITY.”

    • PharmDoc61

      Diversity is code for white genocide.

      • m a

        No, diversity is code for creating politically exploitable factions which can be turned against one another.

  • richard

    We were trying to get my daughter into an Ivy League school. However, after reading this article, we will avoid them.

    • Martha Dodd-Slippy

      Richard – if you are interested in your daughter receiving a quality education with so many opportunities, on line, or off – check out Bluefield College – Bluefield, VA. I am proud it is my Alma Mater and am currently a Trustee. Any questions, let me know. Martha

  • Kilroyishere

    We have college students who believe Abraham Lincoln was a slave owner. Therefore, I find the education system guilty of malfeasance against their students and fraud against the taxpayers.

  • no_free_lunch

    “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.”- Karl Marx

    Every significant institution in the U.S. is being “transformed” from useful to useless. Slowly at first, then all at once.


  • jmt

    As someone who has to interview college graduates, I can confirm a college degree guarantees nothing at all.

    Not even a high school education.