University Responds to Criticism Over “#StopWhitePeople2K16”

A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 hashtag 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 Wednesday, and the title and criticism of it are making the rounds on social media. The optional, one-time session this month was organized by three student resident advisers as part of a training program 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 organizers borrowed the session’s title from a familiar Twitter hashtag.

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

 

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