The State College of New York at Binghamton might be looking for a ‘safe space’ after it ‘triggered’ outrage when it featured a training class for student resident assistants.
It all started when The Binghamton Review featured a story about the excitement over “move in” week at SUNY Binghamton and featured the training session based on a supposedly popular social media hashtag called “#StopWhitePeople2K16.”
The name of the training, which was overtly anti-white sounding, included this description of the session:
The premise of this session is to help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within. Learning about these topics is a good first step, but when encountered with “good” argument from uneducated people, how do you respond? This open discussion will give attendees the tools to do so, and hopefully expand upon what they may already know.
Reaction to the class by the “uneducated people” came hard and fast. Most wanted to know if this was some kind of joke:
But it was real. And now we’re being told it was supposed to be ironic.
Reason Magazine reports the session discussed ‘reverse racism,’ which seems to be where the ironic hashtag was supposed to fit in:
“But the session isn’t the outrage you might think it is, according to the university. A spokesperson told me the title was chosen as a bit of irony, and a range of topics were discussed—including ‘reverse racism.'”
But the irony of the class name was lost on another SUNY spokeswoman, who told Independent Journal Review that she had no idea what the hashtag was supposed to mean. She lateraled the issue over to the specific campus spokesman, who sent Independent Journal Review a statement by a university administrator (see below).
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 25, 2016
The College Candy reports that the hashtag refers to a popular meme that mocks white people. But a check of that hashtag on Twitter shows that there wasn’t even close to a trend-worthy amount of interest in it before this story broke.
And Reason reports that the university is less than enthused with the name of the class, but maintains that the session wasn’t racist:
“This week, the office of student affairs spoke with organizers and attendees of the session and—despite what many at the university feel was a poorly chosen name for the session—verified that the actual program content was not “anti-white,” and that it represented a respectful dialogue among participants,” a university spokesperson told Reason.”
The Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose said the session was conceived of and for resident assistants, and he also verified that the content was not “anti-white.”