Public univ. sponsors social justice conference to address 'white accountability,' 'microaggressions'

The University of Rhode Island sponsored a “Social Justice in Higher Education” conference, with speakers discussing topics such as “White Accountability,” “Addressing Microaggressions,” and more.

The conference was put on Wednesday by the New England College Personnel Association, with the University of Rhode Island being a co-sponsor. The focus of this year’s conference is specifically promoting “social justice education” and giving schools tips on how to educate students better on “anti-oppressive, liberatory, and critical frameworks,” according to the description.

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The conference hosted various sessions based on social justice education, such as the following:

“The Cost of Inclusion: Addressing the Class Struggle When Engaging Students Outside the Classroom”

“Supporting a Culture of White Accountability on Campus”

“When the Conversation Gets Quiet — 10 Ways to Facilitate Discussions on Sensitive Social Justice Issues with First Year Students”

“Enacting Racial Justice on Campus by Effectively Addressing Microaggressions”

“What is our social justice responsibility in teaching white students to become civically engaged?”

“Lessons in Allyship: Engaging White Colleagues in Anti-Racist Professional Development Efforts”

“Supporting a Culture of White Accountability on Campus” was hosted by Trish Moran and Emma Johnson, both graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The session seeks to describe how white persons’ accountability groups (WPAGs) are a force against racism.

Quoting author Beverly Daniel Tatum, the session description states that these groups “allow people to speak with more candor and honesty than is generally possible in mixed-race groups, avoid possibility of White people retraumatizing POCs, [and help] White people to get past feelings of guilt and shame and move into space of acceptance, where more effective ally work is possible."

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Another session at the conference asks “What is our social justice responsibility in teaching white students to become civically engaged?”

That session poses a ke

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VIDEO: Lawrence Jones praises 'progress' on commencement speakers, warns colleges still 'indoctrinating our kids'

Campus Reform Editor-In-Chief Lawrence Jones joined Fox & Friends over the weekend to weigh in on a recent Campus Reform analysis, which found a surprisingly ideologically balanced slate of 2019 college commencement speakers. 

As Campus Reform previously reported after analyzing the commencement speakers at the 50 largest public and private universities in the country,  just 26 of those 50 had any measurable lean to the Right or to the Left. Of those 26 speakers, 15 appeared to lean left while 11 appeared to lean right. The overall balance between liberal and conservative speakers is a change from years past when liberal speakers far out represented conservative speakers. 

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On Fox & Friends Saturday, Jones acknowledged this change as "progress." 

"I think these colleges are afraid," Campus Reform's Editor-in-Chief said. "They know they have to make some type of a change but let's not kid ourselves. This is one day. Although this is some progress, every single day in the classroom our kids are being indoctrinated." 

Jones listed recent Campus Reform stories, including Harvard's graduation for illegal immigrants, California Polytechnic University faculty members voting to ban Chick-fil-A, and the University of Georgia teaching assistant who has made several racially charged statements. 

"When you go down - list, list, list - every single school in the country and they are indoctrinating our kids, I think that's something that we should be concerned about," Jones said.

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Calif. prof crams 'Game of Thrones' into white supremacy framework

A California professor expanded on his view that Game of Thrones is a reflection of white supremacy in a Saturday interview, alleging that the main black male character "must be literally castrated to be 'good.'"

Antioch University professor Timothy Malone commented on his essay for left-wing publication TruthOut, titled "The Real Monster in 'Game of Thrones' Is Its Hidden Reactionary Ideology" during an interview with Salon.

In his original essay, he describes Game of Thrones as "a show about our relation to the prison, our obsession to disappear people, who, once on the other side of the wall, are not 'people' anymore. The wall represents the boundaries of 'us' as a nation, and those who are not 'us' and must be excluded: the criminal and the immigrant."

Malone compares the wildlings beyond the Wall to poor whites and the White Walkers or Others to racial "others."

"It is whiteness as social capital," the professor explains in TruthOut. "You may be poor and at the bottom of the hierarchy, but at least you’re not Black, (or in this case, an ice zombie). That’s why [the wildlings] were located beyond the wall (the prison). In the show, they become deputized in the struggle against White Walkers; in reality, the device has been to turn some percentage of them into cops and prison guards with good benefits to ensure their loyalty to white supremacist capital."

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Malone likens the fear of the Others passing beyond the Wall to a fear of immigrants crossing the border and black people escaping the prison and the "hyperghetto." He also ties this into a fear of miscegenation.

The professor proceeds to bash Grey Worm and Missandei, the show's two major black characters, in his essay.

"You can have Black people close to power — but not in power. The Black man (Grey Worm) must be literally castrated to be 'good,' to be safe," he writes. "Pulled from the dregs, freed by whiteness, Black men can’t pose a sexual threat to white women. They must be thankful. The Black woman, Missandei, must bear European standards of beauty — be light, non-threatening, sexually desirable, submissive. When she is executed, it is purely as foil in furtherance of the plot demand to energize the coming confrontation between two visions of white supremacy, the Lannisters and the Targaryens."

Malone compared viewers' f

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Morehouse College $40 million student loan miracle 'made possible by Capitalism'

Robert Smith, the billionaire keynote graduation speaker at Morehouse College, announced during his address to the school's Class of 2019 Sunday that he was paying off all of their student loan debt, estimated to be worth about $40 million.

“My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans," Smith announced during his address. 

“Let's make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward because we are enough to take care of our own community. We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American Dream and we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds,” Smith declared. “So class of 2019, may the sun always shine upon you, may the wind always be at your back and may God always hold you in the cradle of her hand.”

Smith, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, has a net worth of $5 billion and is currently the wealthiest black man in the United States, according to Forbes.

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The Columbia graduate who had already promised 50 million to his alma mater via his personal funds and through his foundation, Fund II Foundation, is estimated to be paying roughly $40 million to settle the Morehouse debt.

Smith, in addition to his speech, was also given an honorary doctorate degree from the historically black, all-male institution.

Campus Reform's Emma Meshell weighed in Monday on the billionaire's generous gift on Fox Business's Varney & Co. 

"Really what this shows is the positive effect of having private wealth in this country. And it's really fashionable on the Left right now to demonize businessmen and to demonize the ultrawealthy as they call them, but the fact here is that Americans give $410+ billion to charity every year," Meshell said, adding that what Smith did is "made possible by Capitalism and by people's ability to get wealthy and give away their money freely." 

"That's what made this thing possible and it's what's going to give these students the ability to chase their dreams after college without having any debt," Meshell said. 

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