Oregon State holds segregated student retreats on ‘white identity’ and ‘Racial Aikido’

Oregon State holds segregated student retreats on ‘white identity’ and ‘Racial Aikido’

[Ed. – More proof that Portlandia is a documentary series.  Oh, and yes:  the retreat for white people is a beat-’em-till-they-ritually-confess thing.]

The “Examining White Identity” retreat—which is reserved exclusively for students who “self-identify” as white—“focuses on White identity development, White privilege, and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to dismantle oppressive systems,” according to an online summary.

After being briefed on those concepts, the description continues, participants “will look at ways that understanding these issues will help us address White privilege and oppression in ourselves and with other White people and become better allies for social justice.” …

The “Racial Aikido” retreat for non-white students likewise introduces theories such as White privilege, “in-group and internalized oppression,” and “identity development models,” but also includes elements designed to teach strategies for overcoming the institutional oppression perpetrated by those unenlightened individuals who have not yet attended a social justice retreat.

“Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that people of color may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally,” the school’s website states. “Racial Aikido promotes tools for people of color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism.” …

One student praised Racial Aikido for helping him understand the need to “choose my battles,” saying that hearing about the experiences of others taught him that there is more intolerance in the world than he had realized previously.

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