University Of Maryland Creates ‘White Awake’ Safe Space For White Students To Talk About Race

On the surface, it doesn’t sound that bad – there are millions of disillusioned white people in this country who are choosing to vent their anger with racism and bigotry instead of channeling it into constructive hobbies, like burning flags or kneeling during the national anthem. But one university has decided it’s high-time that white students who “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities” need a safe space to talk about it:

The University of Maryland at College Park announced a new diversity support group this week to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”

Shockingly, no one at the university recognized how tone-deaf the group sounded before making a flyer for it:

“Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?” is the most subtle way I’ve ever heard someone ask “Hey dude, you feelin’ racist today?” Frankly, they should have this group geared towards white people against white people, because the only times I’ve ever really felt uncomfortable were during family dinners at Thanksgiving whenever someone asks “So…what is this ‘blog’ thing you do? And they pay you? Weird. Guess we can’t all achieve our dreams.”

The backlash against the “safe space” group was quick and swift…

…which led UMD to change the name to the “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group,” along with a description that reads “Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.” The school also put out a statement…

…which just goes to show that nobody can win these days. Excuse me while I go bury my head back into the sand.

[H/T Campus Reform]