On the Saint Louis University campus, students are preparing to break down and analyze a book that associates the caucasian race with privilege and racism.
The book, titled “Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It,” is written by Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D., and hones in on “white privilege” and negative characteristics associated with it.
The author illuminates how white people have poor relations with people of color, causing racial discomfort.
The SLU campus has provided 25 students with a book discussion group, targeting those students supportive of initiatives prioritized in the book. Such topics to be further discussed includes developing “leadership capacity around issues of diversity and race”, and understanding “privilege, witness, and racism.”
The meetings, which are primarily for the discussion of this book, are also highlighted as safe spaces for participants, who can freely and without shame talk about the issues they have experienced. The series lasts the duration of 11-weeks, and delves into white supremacy with extreme detail.
Garrett Ziegler, Vice-Chairman of the school’s Intercollegiate Studies Institute Society and a Junior at SLU, revealed to Campus Reform that he considers the process a lunacy.
While some students are pleased with the option to discuss such matters, others are faced with the very real fear that donors of the university will not tolerate such situations.
H/T: Campus Reform
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