Friday, August 26, 2016

Binghamton U. Update: Vice Chancellor Apologizes

Hat tip Campus Reform and The Pipe Dream

This week, we cross-posted a story about Binghamton University (That's in New York State for the benefit of all you UC Santa Cruz Community Studies majors.) which hosted a training seminar called, "Stop white people". The vice chancellor for student affairs, Brian Rose, initially defended the name of the event saying it was not meant to be offensive. (They said the same thing about Amos and Andy once upon a time.) Now, after the story went viral, Mr Rose has apologized.

I checked out the campus paper of BU, The Pipe Dream, which went to press prior to Mr Rose's apology. Naturally, I added my own comment to the reader thread.

Hopefully, this will be a first step in putting all this "white privilege" crap to rest on our college campuses. We have a long way to go, of course, but as they say, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." ( I think that was Chairman Mao who said it, but no matter.)

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The "journey of a thousand miles" is a Chinese proverb that antedates Mao by many centuries, if not millenia.

As I've learned in the course of a considerable amount of biographical article research, Amos 'n Andy remains controversial among Americans of African descent, because quite a few actually liked the show. When it went on TV for a few years, they had actual African American actors playing the roles, instead of "white" men in black face, or "talking black" on the radio without actually having to put on make-up.