[VIDEO] Public university sponsors ‘White Privilege Conference’

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The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) will offer students up to four college credits for attending its 14th annual “White Privilege Conference,” Campus Reform has learned.

A screenshot from a video promo for the conference.

An official video promo for the conference, which is organized by the university, teaches Caucasians they are born with a permanent and irreconcilable advantage.

“I am privileged,” reads animated script that appears an all white screen. “[I] can go shopping fairly assured I won't be followed or harassed. When I am told about our national heritage or about ‘civilization’ I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.”

“[I] cannot be blind to the invisible  system of privilege I am a part of,” concludes the video after listing a number of supposed advantages of being white.  

An online syllabus on the university’s website says students will receive one college credit for each day of the three day conference they attend as long as they submit a brief journal entry summarizing a major concept they learned by May 4.

WATCH: Video promo for conference teaches Caucasians they are born with a permanent advantage 

The White Privilege Conference itself is set to take place April 10-13, in Seattle, more than 1,300 miles from Colorado Springs.  It is organized by Dr. Abby Ferber, a professor in the UCCS Department of Sociology, and the Director of the Matrix Center.

Ferbner has authored numerous books including one called “White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy.”

Neither Ferber nor the university responded to multiple requests for comment from Campus Reform.

According to the conference’s website, the credit can be attained by any student in attendance and is “widely transferable” to other academic institutions.

Four other institutions of higher education are helping sponsor the conference including the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

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Tim Dionisopoulos is a reporter for LI's Campus Reform and works as a communications editor in LI’s Campus Leadership Program.

Tim has been with LI's Campus Reform since the summer of 2011, and his stories have been cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets.

Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.

 

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