A university trying to get involved in the personal, social and racial lives of students ended up segregating them by race in an online forum, making everyone uncomfortable and finally issuing an apology, ABC News is reporting.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn made it its business to create segregated online student “cafes,” one for white people and another for people of color, that it says were intended to spark discussions about that enduring left-wing obsession, “race and diversity.”
A statement by the university near Detroit came after two virtual “cafe” events were held Sept. 8, with one billed as a “non-POC Cafe” for whites to “gather and discuss their experience as students on campus and as non-POC in the world.”
The other “cafe” was for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and was described as a space for “marginalized racial/ethnic/cultural communities to gather and to relate with one another to discuss their experience as students on campus” and in the world.
Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said such spaces are created for students of color who have experienced racism to “safely” share their experiences, “safely” presumably meaning away from white ears. He said white students need to hear and learn from the experiences of students of color.
In its statement, UM-Dearborn apologized for calling the online gatherings “cafes,” saying they weren’t intended to exclude individuals of a certain race, even though they were set up to do exactly that.
The use of “cafe” was the cause of much confusion as people online thought the university was building two separate, physical cafes to serve students, said Vice-Chancellor Ken Kettenbeil, which further muddied the water for the hapless university.