A mandatory University of Delaware program requires residence hall students to acknowledge that "all whites are racist" and offers them "treatment" for any incorrect attitudes regarding class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality they might hold upon entering the school, according to a civil rights group. Full story published October 30th, 2007 by WorldNetDaily. Pictured above left, Dr. Kathleen Kerr, the Director of Residence Life responsible for the program.
And it doesn't stop there. The school requires all of its approximately 7,000 residence hall students "to adopt highly specific university-approved views on a whole range of issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy and environmentalism."
And one student noted on FIRE's blog that a residence assistant (RA) told students, "Not to scare anyone or anything, but these are MANDATORY!!" And the training program for those who indoctrinate students includes the order: "A researcher must document that the treatment/intervention was faithfully applied (ex: specific lesson plans were delivered to every student, etc.)."
Requirements for students include: "Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society," "Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression," and "Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality,"
Furthermore, the school requires "a systemic change" as a result of the program, FIRE noted. As one RA told students: "Like it or not, you all are the future Leaders, and the world is Diverse, so learning to Embrace and Appreciate that diversity is ESSENTIAL."
But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) caught wind of this program, and is fighting back. Samantha Harris, director of FIRE's legal and public advocacy, wrote the following in a letter to university president Patrick Harker: "Somehow, the University of Delaware seems terrifyingly unaware that a state-sponsored institution of higher education in the United States does not have the legal right to engage in a program of systematic thought reform. The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of conscience – the right to keep our innermost thoughts free from governmental intrusion. It also protects the right to be free from compelled speech".
FIRE also cited excerpts from the university's Office of Residence Life Diversity Education Training documents, including the statement:
"A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. 'The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination….'"
The education program also notes that "reverse racism" is "a term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege." And "a non-racist" is called "a non-term," because, the program explains, "The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face of racial oppression, and to shift the responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called 'blaming the victim')."
FIRE also noted that the "education" regarding racism is just one of the subjects that students are required to adopt as part of their University of Delaware experience. The "shocking program of ideological reeducation," which the school itself defines as a "treatment" for students' incorrect attitudes and beliefs, is nothing less than "Orwellian". Consequently, FIRE is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of students' rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech".
"The University of Delaware's residence life education program is a grave intrusion into students' private beliefs," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "The university has decided that it is not enough to expose its students to the values it considers important; instead, it must coerce its students into accepting those values as their own. At a public university like Delaware, this is both unconscionable and unconstitutional."
The University of Delaware did not respond to World Net Daily's enquries.
Commentary: This is where state lawmakers need to get involved. The University of Delaware is a public university which receives public funds. Consequently, the state legislature needs to consider cutting off all funding to this university if they don't immediately dismantle this program.
It is no wonder that blacks and hispanics take advantage of whites. When the intellectual centers of America promote the idea that all whites are racist, and all non-whites are victims, non-whites have and will continue to take advantage of this. Amongst lower class non-whites, this is manifested in the form of increased interracial crime by blacks and hispanics against whites. It contributes to the inverted morality prevailing among much of the black community, causing them to defend and celebrate the causes of non-whites who commit crimes against society in general, and against whites in particular.