Minnesota College Hosts Event for ‘White Students Only’ to ‘Acknowledge That There is a Nasty Little Racist Inside Them’
Concordia College held an event on Martin Luther King Day for “white students only” to “recognize and acknowledge that there is a nasty little racist inside them.”
The event was titled “How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People” and was organized and taught by Dr. Ahmed Afzaal, an associate professor of religion at Concordia.
The session description said that after participating “attendees will be able to recognize and acknowledge that there is a nasty little racist inside them, and to do so without becoming angry or defensive” and that they will be able to “describe the skills of psychological flexibility that they must develop in order to make authentic choices in defiance of their racist tendencies.”
Another event on the same day was aimed specifically at white women. CR reports that Concordia Professor Karla Knutson who co-directs the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, led a session designed for white women called “And You Call Yourself an Ally.” The course description says that the goal is to “encourage white women to confront and analyze their participation and/or complicity in racist systems of oppression” and “create a foundational experience of exposure to white women’s microaggressions.”