The latest installment of our “Real Racism” series (a series I wish would end, but never does) concerns South Puget Sound College in Olympia, Washington.
The resident geniuses at this supposed institute of higher learning decided that it would be a really great idea to have a “happy hour” for the purpose of building “support and community” for Black people.
You might wonder at this point what is so terrible about that? Well, what\’s terrible is that it was a segregated event. No White people welcome.
Excerpted from Drew Mikkelson\’s article at KING 5-TV
An attempt to fight racism at a community college may havebackfired.
A group of employees at South Puget Sound CommunityCollege sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers.
The”Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color” encouragedemployees to reply to the invitation to find out the confidentialdate and time of what was being called a “happy hour” to”build support and community” for people of color.
Theinvite made it clear white people were not invited.
“It was obviously a mistake,” saidSPSCC\’s Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth.
Brasethsaid the group that put out the email last week apologized the nextday and canceled the event.
She said the college believes thebest way to celebrate and discuss diversity is to includeeveryone.
An attempt to fight racism? By organizing an overtly racist event?
A stealth email to invite Blacks-only….that, pretty clearly, was canceled and apologized for only because people other than the intended guests found out about it?
Nice of Ms. Braseth to define it as a “mistake”. Would that be the end of such a show of racism if it were a “White only” event? Would it just be shrugged off without any consequences for the organizers?
Double standard, anyone?
Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not the racists at South Puget Sound College….who, unless this story has missed something, are getting off with a mulligan on their racist actions.
What a proud moment for this “college”….