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Princeton department conducts racially segregated mandatory racial bias training: report

The Princeton Theological Seminary segregated participants in its mandatory racial bias training by race, according to video materials obtained by Young America’s Foundation.

The training, led by Laurie Carlsson and Dr. Michelle Majors, offered three separate spaces for students and faculty to participate: A “white-only space” to “grapple with our whiteness and how we’ve been socialized, in a way that does not harm our colleagues and co-students of color,” a separate group “only open to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color,” and a group for participants “uncomfortable with either of these scenarios.”

The segregated groups are designed to “[create] safety and support while addressing the personal institutional challenges of becoming an anti-racist institution,” Majors said during the presentation.

According to materials obtained by YAF, Director of Student Life Programs Yeda Walker at one point suggests that professors go easier on minorities in class.

“Some of the very heavy lifting we require of students of color, and those who sit at the intersection of race and gender, should be balanced by the professors and TA’s,” Walker said.

The training also includes videos from Ibram X. Kendi, founder of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and author of How to Be An Anti-Racist.

During the confirmation hearing of then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Kendi said white people who adopt black children are “colonizers.” During the 2020 presidential election, Kendi said the term “legal vote” is “racist.”

In addition to Kendi’s work, the Princeton racial bias training materials included required implicit association tests, which allege racial bias through looking at photographs, and a Vox article titled “What it means to be anti-racist.”

“We declare there is no room for racism at Princeton Theological Seminary,” the school writes on its anti-racism website. “We commit to educating the entire campus community and beyond within a biblical and theological framework to face this present crisis that impedes us from loving God and neighbor,” the website states.

The practice of universities segregating races from one another to create “safe spaces” on campus has been growing in recent years. College Fix Senior Reporter Christian Schneider documented a number of these instances here:

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