This is something I feel compelled to talk about as a white person.
In very, very few situations have I been a minority. I went to a racially diverse high school and now a racially diverse college and I can still, at any given moment, count on turning my head and seeing someone that looks like me. I would say that GSU’s racial make-up ensures a similar experience for students of most other backgrounds, which is a glorious thing.
I think it’s awesome that so many culturally and racially infused clubs exist at GSU. It’s nice that the university holds to its promise to support diversity.
Recently, a white student union was chartered and it troubles me deeply. The club itself is a problem, but the language presented on this flyer is what ultimately inspired me to write this.
This club was chartered not in an effort to promote community amongst a group of people but as a retaliation against other groups joining together to promote community. The flyer indicates that blatantly.
As far as I’m concerned, the last time a group of white people banded together as a retaliation against minority cultural unity, they called it the KKK.
White students do not need a club to find each other on campus. They don’t need a safe space to discuss the consequences of being a racial minority. The university system in general is a white student union.
Cultural and racial community groups should not be started in an effort to make a point. They should be created as an open space for educated dialogue about history, customs, issues, and progress. The topic of discussion should never be “Ha, we did it.”
And that’s all I have to say about that.