- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton reportedly hosted a training course for residential assistants on how to “stop white people.”

The course, titled “#StopWhitePeople2K16,” was listed on the university’s residential assistant training schedule for an event to give RAs an “overview of disabilities in Higher Education,” according to the Binghamton Review, the school’s student-run conservative newspaper.

“The premise of this session is to help others take the next step in understanding diversity, privilege, and the society we function within,” the #StopWhitePeople2K16 class description reportedly said.

“Learning about these topics is a good first step, but when encountered with ‘good’ arguments 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,” it said.

The premise, apparently, is to correct people who don’t acknowledge the concept of white privilege.

Howard Hecht, a writer for the Binghamton Review, responded: “The terrifying implication here is not that students on campus think it is appropriate to call an event by that name, but that the university seems to endorse it as a proper part of a RA training.”

“For a university dedicated to providing an inclusive environment, calling an event ‘#StopWhitePeople2K16’ seems counterproductive at best,” he continued. “The name is divisive, politically motivated, and does nothing to actually prevent racism. If anything, it seems to imply that the ‘uneducated people’ mentioned in the event description must be white.

“At a public, state funded university, to potentially see racism endorsed is a frightening prospect for the future of higher education,” Mr. Hecht said.

Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs, told Fox News columnist Todd Starnes that as many as 50 RAs attended the voluntary #StopWhitePeople2K16 session. He said the content included discussions on whiteness, reverse racism, and the relationship of communities of color with police.

“The program title, ‘#StopWhitePeople2K16’ was drawn from a familiar hashtag in use on Twitter, and was not invented by the program facilitators,” Mr. Rose said in a statement. “It is my understanding that the hashtag is commonly used ironically.

“We verified that the actual program content was not ‘anti-white,’” he said. “I have no indication that this particular program was inconsistent with the respectful environment we hope to support and sustain.”

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