I’m really ashamed these days to have had anything to do with such places. Shhhhh:
Last month’s University of California Students of Color Conference demonstrates why. UCLA student Jacqueline Alvarez reports:
According to their mission statement, SOCC’s major goal was to “create a space to discuss, dissect, and create relevant solutions to issues surrounding students of color.”
Uzhas! I just swore in Russian. It means ‘nightmare’ but with an edge. It’s a most effective rejoinder.
The crux of the debate centered around the conference theme: “Fighting Anti-Blackness.” Apparently it was not communicated to students that the conference would have a particular theme this year.
I’m sitting at the keyboard, hands over face, slowly rocking back and forth, a bit difficult to maintain if one is typing.
At the event, held at UC Irvine, students of different minority groups began arguing when it became known that the conference would focus almost exclusively on discrimination against the African American community.
This exchange, and others like it, resulted in the cancellation of several sessions on the second day of the conference, Alvarez said. Above all, conference participants each wanted to focus on their own particular minority issue, she said.
Where do they find the spare time?