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Thursday, November 01, 2007 

Delaware U. runs indoctrination program teaching that all white people are scum

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found the Delaware University running an ugly communist-like program (via Hot Air):

The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of students’ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech…

The university’s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to “sustainability” door decorations. Students living in the university’s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a “diversity facilitation training” session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that “[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

The university suggests that at one-on-one sessions with students, RAs should ask intrusive personal questions such as “When did you discover your sexual identity?” Students who express discomfort with this type of questioning often meet with disapproval from their RAs, who write reports on these one-on-one sessions and deliver these reports to their superiors. One student identified in a write-up as an RA’s “worst” one-on-one session was a young woman who stated that she was tired of having “diversity shoved down her throat.”
I too am fed up with having diversity, aka multiculturalism, forced down my throat, and I sometimes try to express that opinion when discussing entertainment issues, where the problem has extended to.

At various points in the program, students are also pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the university’s ideology, regardless of their personal beliefs. Such actions include displaying specific door decorations, committing to reduce their ecological footprint by at least 20%, taking action by advocating for an “oppressed” social group, and taking action by advocating for a “sustainable world.”

In the Office of Residence Life’s internal materials, these programs are described using the harrowing language of ideological reeducation. In documents relating to the assessment of student learning, for example, the residence hall lesson plans are referred to as “treatments.”
FIRE is calling for the program to be terminated, and I fully agree. And the university directors should issue an apology, and a confession.

The university has responded (also via Hot Air), but so far, they are pathetically justifying an unconstitutional program. FIRE has responded again (also via Hot Air), and they're rightfully disappointed.

Update: phew. It looks like FIRE had an impact and the university has now ended their indoctrination garbage. And, we of the blogverse had an impact too. Thank goodness!

Others on the subject include Michelle Malkin (plus, another one), Say Anything, Azman Family Politics, Baltimore Reporter, Leaning Straight Up (plus, another one), Colossus of Rhodey, Adam's Blog, American Pundit, Pamibe, Flopping Aces, Right Angles, Political Party Poop, Neocon News, Inoperable Terran, Don't Go Into the Light, Cassy Fiano, Ace of Spades HQ, Discarded Lies.

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