CHARLOTTE – Well, not exactly no one. Nine people showed up to a “White Consciousness Conversations for Students” workshop organized by some social justice warriors at UNC Charlotte that want to be sure no privilege goes unchecked. It was organized by The UNCC Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement (yes your tax dollars pay for that). They said it was for students only, and there are 30,000 of those at the university, but the crowd they got wasn’t exactly their target audience.
From the College Fix:
“[…] The total number of students in the audience for the first “White Consciousness Conversation,” held Sept. 10, was nine — but two were students there not as participants but as journalists mainly to observe. One was from The College Fix and another from the Niner Times campus newspaper.
Of the remaining seven students, five are members of the university’s conservative Young Americans for Freedom chapter, who were there more out of curiosity and concern about the nature of the seminar and its taxpayer-funded narrative as opposed to learning about how they allegedly perpetuate racism and inequality as Americans with white skin.
Finally, the other two students attended because their professors offered them extra credit to do so, they told The Fix. […]”
Probably not what the organizers intended, but an encouraging sign that students at UNC Charlotte, may have better things to do than stay as well versed on white privilege as possible. With the large pool of young and impressionable social justice warriors, it’s a little surprising that this description of the event from the IEE didn’t draw them out in force:
“Understanding the meaning and implications of whiteness and engaging in anti-racist practice is crucial in creating racial equity. This space is for all undergraduate and graduate students at UNC Charlotte who are interested in engaging in conversations to assist in their understanding of how racism is perpetuated individually, culturally, and systemically. This space is intended to be group-based, meaning we would love for participants to attend all sessions. Join in conversation with IEE staff as we work toward racial equity.”
Maybe all the students had already earned their Social Justice degrees? Read more about the event bust here.