(Western Journalism) -- Students at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., took part in a school-led session Monday designed to bring attention to the ostensible effects of “white privilege.”
What has become a buzzword of sorts, especially among leftist academics, was discussed thoroughly during the two-hour event that coincided with the celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Attendees were instructed to define the abstract concept of white privilege and were lectured on the supposed benefits of being white in a “post Ferguson” America.
Organizers also passed out worksheets prompting students to choose ways they benefit from white privilege from a list of hypothetical scenarios, including: “I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.”
“All students were asked to acknowledge white privilege,” one student explained to Campus Reform. “In a discussion, it was mentioned that many liberal white people acknowledge white privilege and will protest with black people against it, but at the end of the day they cozy up in the luxurious houses and do nothing to actually help the problem.”
The idea that poor whites – or, conversely, wealthy minorities – are virtually nonexistent due to the inherent racism of white Americans obviously influenced at least some who attended the event. Reports indicate that several students defined white privilege as a phenomenon that automatically results in whites becoming wealthier and receiving a better education than anyone else in the country.
This event came just a month after white students at the school were instructed not to join blacks in protesting the police-related death of Ferguson, Mo., resident Michael Brown.