The University of Edinburgh has allowed the event "Resisting Whiteness 2019" continue at your location even after organizers 'rules, such as limiting whites' access to a microphone and certain rooms, have been outraged.
The conference, which aimed to raise awareness of "the importance of anti-racist action in the United Kingdom", took place at the Pleasance Theater, owned by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, on Saturday.
that was organized by a group reportedly called "The Resisting Whiteness Collective", which describes itself as a "non-profit organization of QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) activists." While publicizing the event, the group said it wants to make it "as accessible as possible and therefore have free tickets available to those who would like to attend."
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However, it seems that not everyone was welcome. The rules published on the conference's official website state that if a participant is white, he will not have the right to ask questions, at least publicly. The rule, introduced to "broaden the voices of people of color," says "priority will be given to questions of people of color in the audience."
"If you are a white person in the audience and still have a question after the panel closes, feel free to share your questions with a committee member or our speakers."
While some have argued that the attempt to drown out the voices of a specific group, in this case – the whites – is tantamount to the racism that the "collective" is so fervently opposed to, another controversial rule has drawn comparisons with practices of segregation.
The "safe spaces" rule states that one of two rooms "available to those who need to leave the conference" due to anxiety problems or just to take a break is prohibited for whites.
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“The Braid room is a safe space for only people of color, and the Cheviot room is available to those who need it,” the rule. States.
The controversial event was featured in the national media earlier this week after outspoken media personality Katie Hopkins denounced the university's decision to host the Twitter meeting.
Edinburgh University @EdinburghUni "Resisting whiteness" host / support event where whites will not be allowed to speak and segregate from certain rooms.
Try changing the word white to white. pic.twitter.com/4uablyfh4F
– Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) September 28, 2019
The tweet opened a barrage of similar charges against the university, with many arguing that by giving its weight to the event, the school is endorsing racism.
“Are you hosting" Resist Whiteness ", isn't that like" Resisting Blackness "? one commentator asked.
@EdinburghUni I would like to oppose yesterday's anti-racist anti-racist conference. Resist whiteness? Seriously? Do you think it's okay in a white majority country? Letting hate and racism against whites work well for anyone?
– RussianBot.exe (@daFrogDude) September 29, 2019
@EdinburghUni gave to a group called "Resisting Whiteness" a platform at your university. They prevented whites from attending one of the events and asking questions.
Peak Clown World? Not yet.
– Left Hatewatch (@LWhatewatch) September 28, 2019
@EdinburghUni Why do you find it acceptable to host an event called "resist whiteness"? This is blatantly a racist event and you wouldn't make a so-called "resist darkness" that would forbid POC speakers. #racist
– siholden96 (@ siholden96) September 28, 2019
Another tweeter suggested that the group has a "hidden agenda" that is "fueling racial wars".
The worst thing about it. I believe there is a hidden agenda here and it is not about Resisting Whiteness. It is about causing divisions to provoke racial wars. It's an excuse for them.
– Jane Ginger (@ JaneGinger50) September 29, 2019
Responding to the reaction, the university said that the organizers have agreed to revise the "safe spaces" policy to "ensure that the event complies with our values."
They seemed to have an attenuated wording of the microphone access rule that originally stated, "We will not provide the microphone to white people during Q&A." However, if there are changes to the "safe spaces" rule, they will not be reflected on the official event page.
While many scolded the organizers, others sided with the "collective", arguing that "reverse racism" does not exist.
Maybe the saddest thing about people crying # Resistingwhiteness2019 It is how many of them are unable to understand that they themselves are both beneficiaries and victims of whiteness as a construct. They are barking at the people fighting around the corner.
– Thomas D (@VideoPheasant) September 29, 2019
A bookstore that helped organize the event criticized critics, saying they had "intentionally misunderstood" the group's intentions.
"Resisting whiteness does not refer to white individuals, but to whiteness as a widespread system of oppression – social and political – a system that needs to resist and dismantle," I wrote.
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