By Troy Worden
Use of terms such as “safe space” and “white privilege” is increasingly common on college campuses, but when the University of Maryland at College Park announced creation of a weekly “safe space for white students” called White Awake, the negative response quickly prompted the school to change the name.
Campus Reform reported the renaming Friday, appearing to take some credit for the change after publishing an article earlier on White Awake and criticism by students.
Some said the name was insulting and questioned the need for a group “for white students to talk about race.”
The new name for the group, set to meet weekly for 90 minutes at 10 a.m. Thursdays, is the Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group.
“This is, to say the least, a sad and dispiriting development,” Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for International Studies, told The Daily Signal.
According to an earlier tweet from a student featuring a photo of what appears to be a promotional poster or pamphlet, the group White Awake “offers a safe space for white students to explore their experience, questions, reactions, and feelings.”
I am ashamed over the execution of white awake nor do I fully understand its clause. “How they can fit into a diverse world”? Why do they need to attend therapy sessions on how to be a decent human being in society? Why do they need to have these sessions to learn how to coexist? pic.twitter.com/AaPOLz05vu
— Alysa Conway (@LoveConweezy27) September 13, 2018
Campus Reform, a nonprofit, bills itself as a “watchdog to the nation’s higher education system,” exposing “bias and abuse on the nation’s college campuses.”
Campus Reform reported that the University of Maryland issued a statement explaining the name change from White Awake:
Our Counseling Center acknowledges that we did not choose the right words …read more
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