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Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

Ohio State teaches white students how ‘not to be racist’ because ‘only white people can be racist’

Ohio State University made headlines this week as details emerged from a workshop held Tuesday which taught white student attendees about their “privilege,” how to not act racist, and that it’s impossible for white people to be victims of racism and only white people can be racist.

The event, titled “Interrupting Racism: Tips & Tools for White People,” was one of the many programs the public university’s multicultural center will host as part of its “Ally Week of Action,” currently underway.

The center’s workshop aimed to teach white students how to “develop a personal plan of action to interrupt racism,” according to the university’s website. It added that all were welcome to the “Interrupting Racism” workshop, however its content had a “focus on skill building amongst white identified people.”

Approximately 20 students attended the workshop; 19 were white and one African American, according to the College Fix report.

“During the workshop, students were taught there are three ‘ingredients’ of racism: race, power and prejudice. According to Angie Wellman, associate director in the Student Life Multicultural Center who led the event, every race that is not white lacks the power aspect, which is why white people cannot be victims of racism.”

The Fix had a reporter at the event and noted that the sole “African American attendee also asked Wellman point-blank if white people were the only people who could be racist. Wellman said yes.”

Attendees were also given a worksheet listing 26 different examples of “white privilege.” The list included examples such as:

I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.

I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more less match my skin.

During Ohio State’s “Ally Week of Action,” students are also encouraged to stop by the Multicultural Center to sign the Week of Action Pledge.

If students post their statement to social media with the hashtag #BuckeyeValues, they receive a free t-shirt that has slogans including but not limited to “I resist xenophobia, I celebrate nonconformity, I challenge sexism” and “I interrupt homophobia.”

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