Oregon State University is launching a series of “social justice retreats” to “promote a campus dialogue about race and racism.”
Translation: the university is sponsoring therapized programs to makes non-whites more aware of micro-aggression, more separatist and how aggrieved they ought to be at the hands of whites. There are also programs to render whites guilty about “white privilege.” And the beauty of these programs, from the cultural left point of view, is that they will be paid for out of tax money.
Retreats, from one day to a weekend long, are being offered in Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido (a touch of Asian mystery here), Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World, and Examining White Identity for Faculty and Staff.
Promotional material for the program says, “Racial Aikido seeks to empower students of color at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. 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.
Racial Aikido promotes tools for people of color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. By the conclusion of the retreat, you will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of your multiple identities.
Multiracial Aikido is a one-day experience grounded in the principles of the Racial Aikido retreat. By the end of the experience, you will have a better understanding of your multiracial identities, explore the role of physical appearance, family, and build community with other students and staff at OSU.
The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development, White privilege, and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to dismantle oppressive systems.”
American institutions once worked to integrate immigrants and other outsiders into the mainstream Now many do their best to discredit the mainstream and work hard to encourage grievances and separatism.