Texas Tech to End ‘Anti-Racism’ Seminar that Separated Students by Skin Color

Students walking on Texas Tech campus
by Kendall Tietz

 

Texas Tech University has cancelled an anti-racism seminar where students were segregated by race, the school told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Faculty and students were broken up into two groups within the “Allyship and Co-Conspirator” session of the “Deeply Rooted Conversations” training, Young America’s Foundation (YAF) reported based on documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. YAF filed the requests for information in May 2021 after a student told the group about the “anti-racism” training.

“Upon reviewing materials from the ‘Deeply Rooted Conversations’ discussion series, we learned that some of the content does not align with our university values, and we have discontinued this program,” Matt Dewey, a spokesman for Texas Tech University, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

In a video of the seminar, Mica Curtis-Wilson, who is no longer employed by Texas Tech, instructed attendees to break off into two groups, the “BIPOC affinity space” and the “Ally affinity space.”

“We are breaking up into two separate rooms just to facilitate conversation…and also to allow those who identify with each other to be able to communicate ways in which we can be better allies in different spaces,” Curtis-Wilson said in the video.

“The point of this is to be able to identify how we experience these concepts and ideas and deeply listen to others and how they understand these ideas,” she added.

Students were also broken into groups based on race during the “Understanding White and White Allyship” and the “Racial Battle Fatigue” seminars, YAF reported. The FOIA office at Texas Tech said the latter session was not recorded, but the office provided YAF with PowerPoint slides from the session.

YAF identified an administrator, referred to as JST in internal notes, as Jade Silva Tovar, senior director of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the university, who came up with the idea to have two different breakout sessions for black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students and non-BIPOC groups, according to the FOIA documents.

The segregated sessions, once reunited “could discuss the groups and find comparisons/contrast … Means to segway into white fragility … Also discuss what BIPOC members need from their non-BIPOC allies,” internal documents show.

During the “Understanding Whiteness and White Allyship” session, “immigration laws,” “mass incarceration,” “the war on drugs” and “law enforcement,” were listed as examples of “white supremacy,” YAF reported.

The seminar also asked students to consider questions such as “When have my racist ideas and actions affected others?” and “How have I supported racist/antiracist policies and norms?”

“The program was not part of the sanctioned academic curriculum at Texas Tech University,” Dewey told the DCNF. “It was a series of strictly voluntary, optional discussions offered as part of a pilot program to students who were interested in participating through the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.”

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Kendall Tietz is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “students on campus” by Texas Tech University.


 

 

 

 

 


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3 Thoughts to “Texas Tech to End ‘Anti-Racism’ Seminar that Separated Students by Skin Color”

  1. Dr Ken

    CRT more accurately defined is “Creating Racial Tension”. To what end? Dividing a group does not unite a group. Sadly many faculty, and I served as a guest lecturer in two universities so I have direct observation, spew the ultra-liberal leftist garbage simply for acceptance by peers. Conservative faculty often are ostracized by these lemmings. It is long overdue to rid the universities of faculty who promote or push their own political ideology.

  2. 83ragtop50

    Makes one wonder what the college administers actually do if they have no idea what is happening on campus. Is there no advanced approval process for this kind of stuff? I went to college 50 years ago in what would be a conservative state. Even then we had liberal “instructors” spewing socialist garbage.

  3. Wolf Woman

    This seminar is an example of the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT) CRT is a neo-Marxist concept, designed to divide people and judge them by their collective race rather than individually by the “content of their character.” CRT can never unify us or bring us together as a color blind humanity as its foundation is based on materialism and envy.

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