The University of Minnesota’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life has safe space where white and straight students are banned.
The center hosts “Tongues United,” where people can openly discuss sexuality, race and gender issues. However, the space clearly states that white and straight students aren’t permitted to join.
“For our allies: we do appreciate your voices and commitment to dismantling racism and homophobia; however, please note that this is a space created for LGBTQIA and/or same-gender-loving people of color,” according to the center’s description.
“If you identify as a queer and/or trans indigenous person or person of color, we welcome you to take part in our discussions,” according to the group’s Facebook page.
This is the same university that has a list of signs of “white privilege” in one of its residence halls. Some of the statements include “I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time” and “I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.”
“I do believe it crosses the line. When it attacks the individual and not the idea, there is a problem,” said Evan Christenson, who reported the checklist. “I am not inherently racist because I don’t believe in white privilege. I believe there needs to be dialogue on the subject but it needs to more of a give and take and not a one-sided affair.”
Christenson feels like some opinions are being unfairly censored at his university.
“I still consider myself a social progressive but I am quite frankly appalled by the double standard applied to free speech as of late,” said Christenson.
After some students got upset over a Donald Trump mural, the university was quick to offer emotional counseling. However, they are brushing over the white privilege checklist.
Author’s note: If there was a conservative “safe space” that said Muslims weren’t allowed, the University would have a lawsuit on its hands. Proving there is a double standard.
Editor’s note: Freakin’ hypocrites…