US varsity responds to criticism over #StopWhitePeople2K16

(File, iStock)
(File, iStock)

New York - A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session was chosen for its irony and the session — about diversity — wasn't anti-white.

A Binghamton University administrator issued an explanation on Wednesday, and the title and criticism of it are making the rounds on social media. The optional, one-time session this month was organised by three student resident advisors as part of a training programme for other RAs.

Student Affairs Vice President Brian Rose says its purpose was to facilitate a discussion around issues of diversity, an effort he supports, and that the organisers borrowed the session's title from a familiar Twitter hashtag.

Much of the criticism implied that the university was teaching a racist course.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 4095 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2787 votes
No, I don't think they need it
36% - 3933 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.29
(-0.52)
ZAR/GBP
21.24
(-0.12)
ZAR/EUR
18.29
(-0.11)
ZAR/AUD
11.81
(-0.08)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.10)
Gold
1700.44
(+0.04)
Silver
25.20
(+0.16)
Platinum
1128.01
(+0.31)
Brent Crude
69.67
(+3.93)
Palladium
2329.95
(+0.62)
All Share
68271.19
(+0.78)
Top 40
62788.64
(+0.87)
Financial 15
12759.80
(+0.67)
Industrial 25
87613.31
(-0.32)
Resource 10
70801.78
(+2.36)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo