White Fragility Event Part Of Community College’s “WHITENESS HISTORY MONTH”

vlcsnap-2016-04-04-14h27m53s100As Portland Community College continues to claim that “whiteness history month” has nothing to do with white people or shaming white people, a presentation entitled “White Fragility: Shaking Hands With the Elephant In The Room” took place.

The presenters, Juanita Range and Louise Nelson, from Range Mediation & Consulting, say that white people are afraid of black people in authority, while using a Power Point slide of President Obama.

“Whites have an expectation to be in authority, and that when they see a black person of color in authority, it makes them uncomfortable” says Range. “If you are uncomfortable with a person of color in authority, what is that about? Is it because you’re a bad person? You’re a white person, and you just walked into a room, and this black woman’s in charge or black man’s in charge, and you immediately feel uncomfortable” she continues.

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Some of the handouts explained certain whiteness things such as:

“White Fragility: Triggers and Difficulties:

Most whites have a very limited understanding of racism because they have not been trained to think in complex ways about it and because it benefits white dominance not do so.

Whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways because they have not had to build the cognitive or affective (sic) skills or develop the stamina that allows for constructive engagement across racial divides. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Separation. Most whites live, grow, play, learn, love, work, and die primarily in social and geographical racial segregation.
  2. White Taboos about talking openly about race. A double bind exists. People of color are discouraged from talking directly about their racial perspectives. Yet it is stressful for whites when people of color are not willing to tell their stories or answer questions about their racial experiences.
  3. White racial sense of entitlement to racial comfort. Whites often confuse comfort with safety. We say we don’t feel safe, when what we mean is that we don’t feel comfortable.
  4. Good/Bad Binary of white racial innocence. Causes defensiveness about being connected to racism, because only “bad people” are racist.
  5. Meritocracy. The assertion that access is equal between racial groups.
  6. White authority. Can be challenged by person of color being position of leadership. The expectation that people of color will serve whites.
  7. Psychic freedom among whites. Race is for people of color to think about — it is what happens to “them”
  8. Constant messages that whites are more valuable. In virtually any situation or image deemed valuable in dominant society, whites belong.
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Another handout reads:

What can we do?

  1. Better tolerate the discomfort of honest appraisal. Honor the feelings of people of color in the discussion. It is not about your white guilt. If you make a mistake, ask people of color how you can fix it.
  2. Acknowledge yourself as a racial being, as is everyone else. Adopt the understanding of the intersection of multiple types of oppression as an approach to all aspects of everyday life and start taking it seriously.
  3. Better understand racial realities. Listen when people of color talk about everyday racism and white privilege. Ask plenty of questions. Earnestly seek to understand people of color before trying to have your viewpoint understood. Avoid conflating other oppressions with racism unless it’s directly relevant to the conversation.
  4. Not take credit the credit (sic) for “starting conversations.” Rather than being a spokesman, direct peers towards the perspectives of actual people of color. Becoming a “savior” is not cool.
  5. Get educated and educate each other. Educate yourself about racism as much as possible before asking people of color for help. Openly call out and reject any and all white white privilege you witness or experience. Challenge other white people in your life to think critically about racism — family, friends, coworkers, teachers, and even public officials. Commit to make a difference.

They also said that if you’re against “whiteness history month”, then those are your own fears! “That’s the privilege piece, that for whites, just goes right over our heads… And I’m thinking about people who might be against whiteness history month. Where’s that coming from? Their own fears.”

Later in the event, they said you shouldn’t ask people of color to educate you on race issues, yet one minute later, encourage people to ask people of color if they have questions.

Some of the other handouts dealt with Muh Feelz and other wacked out SJW word soup.

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Day 1 Of “Whiteness History Month” At PCC – Speaker Defends Black Rapists

WHM_poster_17x11_with_OEIlogo_FINAL.inddDay 1 of “whiteness history month” is in the books at Portland Community College. Before the first workshop, the Dean Of Student Instruction, Craig Kolins, tried to explain what the month long series was about, but could not name a single instance where a student was a victim of bias, despite repeated chances to elaborate.

DSC00024 DSC00023 DSC00022 DSC00021Part of the day’s festivities involved analyzing some of the negative comments found online about “whiteness history month” and some of the emails that PCC staff had received from dissenters. (h/t to Campus Reform for being featured!)

One of the presenters, Rut Martinez-Alicea, would go on to defend black rapists when someone brings up internet comments about black men raping white women. They completely ignore the rape aspect, and focus solely on the fact that people are criticizing black males and explain that it’s somehow a privilege that people are talking about white women as victims.

You’re also racist if you say you are colorblind, as Martinez-Alicea says “Part of whiteness and part of systems of oppression is to say ‘what is best is not see difference’… When we don’t see difference, we’re missing out a lot of information. We’re also denying the consequences of difference. So when we engage in comments or behaviors that are informed by this (????) of colorblindness, we’re engaging in bias” Denying you’re a racist means you must be traveling from a different time. “Because we are the obvious consequence of our moment in history.”

If you say you believe in “one race, the human race” then that makes you racist. If you say you are white and born in America, that also makes you racist.

Somehow they conclude that ignorance is privilege, and knowledge creates bias.

Earlier in the day, participants took Harvard’s “Implicit Bias Test”, which is basically rigged to say you’re racist. I took the test and answered honestly on the first go around and it said I was racist against African Americans. Then I tried a second time and intentionally associated every positive word with African Americans, and every negative word with European Americans, even when it was “wrong” according the way the test was designed. Rather than telling me I was racist against European Americans, it told me there were too many mistakes in order for it work right.

Stay tuned for more all next week! “Whiteness history month” has over 100 events planned for April, and Progressives Today will be continuing to report on these events throughout the month.

Portland OR Mayoral Candidate Forum Turns Into WHITE GUILT FEST (VIDEOS)

vlcsnap-2016-03-29-15h22m05s96Portland’s mayoral race is heating up, as 3 of the 15 contenders recently took part in a “social justice” town hall forum. These were the 3 who had raised $5,000 or more. The event quickly turned into a white shaming contest, with each candidate trying to out-martyr the other, as well as a few statements about pandering to the homeless and junkies.

The candidates were Jules Bailey (current Multnomah County commissioner, and former state representative), Ted Wheeler (current state treasurer, and former Multnomah County commission chair), and Sarah Iannarone (small business owner).

Bailey would eventually say “I, as a white male will never really be able to understand the perspective of those 2 African American men. And the sense of shame that is inherent in that. Because not only do we have to talk about and acknowledge racism and bias, we also have to talk about privilege and white privilege. And the fact that even though I grew up in a working class family that sometimes struggled to make ends meet, I grew up in privilege. And as a mayor, you have to understand and surround yourself with people who represent the communities that you’re trying to serve. It’s especially incumbent upon me, as a white, straight male, to have a staff that can be part of the solution. To have bureau directors who part of the solution. Have appointees to commissions who part of the solution. Who reflect communities of color, who reflect under served communities. And who can be the people who are taking solutions into their own hands”

Ted Wheeler would say that all white police officers are racist, “White police officers have to understand that they have, in their minds, whether they think they do or they don’t, it’s [racial bias] there”

Sarah Iannarone said “I want us to have the first actively anti-racist police force in the United State Of America… Because not being racist is not enough.”

They all want “safe injection sites” for heroin junkies.

And they’re all three a-ok with homeless bums living on the sidewalk.

Which Ted Wheeler wants to subsidize via more tax increment financing on businesses.

Ted Wheeler also admits he’s often times clueless, and that the county mental health system deteriorated under his watch, and he apparently did nothing to remedy that.

Ted Wheeler’s manliness, or lack there of, was displayed when Sarah Iannarone totally alpha-ed him.

All in all, it was exactly the kind of loon-fest one would imagine would take place in Portland, when the theme of the event specifically deals with “social justice” issues.

Portland Community College Prepares For “Whiteness History Month”

vlcsnap-2016-03-29-17h07m15s221As first reported by the Daily Caller back in January, Portland Community College prepares for “whiteness history month” at its four different campuses in the metro area, and a number of off-campus events, as well.

In total, more than 100 events will be taking place in this white-shaming spectacle and indoctrination festival.

Such event themes include “A Call for Reparations From the White Community for Stolen Black Lives and Resources”; “The problem of White Leadership”; “Becoming White”, where “Whiteness allows white folks to ignore their race”; “IMAGINE! A World Without Whiteness”, “It’s Not My Fault: Whites and Racism”… and the list goes on and on, with each event seemingly more wacked out than the previous.

But PCC officials are quick to try to say this has nothing to do with white people or shaming anyone.

The Oregonian reports:

“The college views this project as part of a larger national conversation around race and social justice on America’s college campuses,” Sylvia Kelley, interim president of PCC, said in a statement.

“It’s not about shame or guilt. it’s about education and empowerment,” according to a video posted this month.

PCC officials say the goal is changing the climate on campus for both white and nonwhite students by “changing how we talk about racism.”

PCC linked to three promo videos for this gala month on their website, if you know where to look. The videos were set to “unlisted” on their YouTube channel and with the comments disabled. Here are the videos, reuploaded, set to be public and searchable, and with comments enabled.

Protesters Harass Restaurant Over “Colonial” Theme

SaffronColonialA new restaurant in Northeast Portland opened up last week, and is already being marched on and protested by the professional protesters. Saffron Colonial specializes in British cuisine, touting their “globally inspired dishes from the height of the British Empire”, “English & colonial breakfasts”, and “English tea-time treats”.

Leave it to the wackjob Portlanders to protest this new establishment, saying it promotes racism, slavery, and gentrification.

We will NOT accept the glorification of colonialism in our community, particularly in a neighborhood that has a painful legacy of black & brown folks being displaced.

After Black PFLAG’s “Now What?” event I’ll be walking down to Saffron Colonial to deliver an open letter to the owner and I would like other people to join so she (and other community members) know we’re serious.

Please note, this starts outside In Other Words and ends at Saffron Colonial. If you’re unable or uninterested in walking with us, feel free to meet at Saffron around 2:30.

Click the link below to see the open letter:

https://medium.com/@dunx/an-invitation-9f96a0827309#.nxgfde7hj

Jobless protesters with nothing better to do assemble in front of a locally owned restaurant to protest it. Because, social justice, and stuff, man.

Jobless protesters with nothing better to do assemble in front of a locally owned restaurant to protest it. Because, social justice, and stuff, man.

Part of that open letter reads:

The fact is that the English language is not the only aspect of British colonialism that lingers today. Mentalities established during British colonialism (like white supremacy ) have led to the painful legacy of residential segregation and housing disinvestment which continues to affect community members in Boise today. Which is why the decision to launch your business on North Williams is especially egregious. It’s a slap in the face to people who have experience the harms of racist economic development policies (a legacy of colonialism), wherein land and resources were taken from black and brown people in order to make some white folks rich.

Saffron Colonial owner Sally Krantz looks on as moron protesters stage a sit-in out front of her restaurant. (Note the racist, corporate, white supremacist supporting OREO cookies)

Saffron Colonial owner Sally Krantz looks on as moron protesters stage a sit-in out front of her restaurant. (Note the racist, corporate, white supremacist supporting OREO cookies)

The owner, Sally Krantz, is quoted as saying:

When I stated that I was more than happy to have a dialogue and asked if Stephanie had a suggestion for a different name, I had hurls of abuse thrown at me for being lazy and getting her to do my job…very few people were willing to actually engage in a dialogue, but preferred to scream abuse at me.”

The protesters demands consist of:

1.) Change the name of the restaurant immediately, and remove references to plantations throughout the restaurant like the one below:

2.) Apologize for the pain you’ve caused black/brown communities and take the necessary steps to repair that relationship. It was suggested on the event page that you host or attend a listening session on gentrification and I think that’s a great idea.

3.) Require your chef to apologize for his ignorant remarks and require him to take sensitivity or unconscious bias training. (And make his continued employment dependent on these actions.)

In fact, a local coffee roaster has now severed ties with the restaurant.

Ristretto Roasters says it will no longer do business with the North Portland bakery, which advertises itself as a “British Colonial Cuisine” restaurant. The restaurant has faced a backlash from people concerned about a British Imperialism-themed restaurant with a drink called “Plantation Press” opening in an historically black and quickly gentrifying neighborhood.

Ristretto supplied Saffron Colonial with coffee and sold them pastries in their cafes. The relationship goes way back: Krantz had imported Ristretto coffee to the Saffron cafes she owned in Hong Kong.

“Since they released their colonial branding, we’ve been in the process of dealing with the repercussions of it,” Ryan Cross, Director of Wholesale for Ristretto told us over the phone.

Welcome to Portlandia. It’s a pity that these people don’t have jobs or lives.

(h/t Daily Beast)

Immigrant Rally Says White People Need To “Feel Discomfort”

ImmigrantRallyFlyer“If you’re white, be ok with knowing that you may not be trusted because of what you look like. It takes time to build that trust, you may need to sit with that discomfort when trying to be an ally” reads part of a flyer that was being passed out at a rally to support “immigrants” and “refugees” in Portland last month.

And, apparently, by saying you don’t see color, this oppresses people and denies them their experiences. The muslim head scarf, called a hijab, apparently empowers women. Don’t question someone who thinks they are oppressed, as that just oppresses them further. And last, but certainly not least, don’t treat others as you wish to be treated, but treat them how they wish to be treated.

One of the MCs of the rally was Kayse Jama, of the Center For Intercultural Organizing, who says it’s racist to do background checks on the Syrian “refugees”, and encourages the crowd to call Oregon Senator’s Wyden and Merkley and tell them to oppose the bill.

Another speaker was a crazed Black Panther guy who goes off on a rant about white people, capitalism, “patriarchy”, and “neo colonialism”.

Joseph Santos-Lyons, of the Asian Pacific American Network Of Oregon (APANO), says white people rely on fear to maintain the status quo, and are insecure about multi culturalism and interfaiths.

An instructor at University Of Oregon’s “Labor & Education Research” department, Raahi Reddy, claims that Donald Trump wants to imprison Japanese Americans.

Andrea Paluso, of Family Forward Oregon, poses the question of “To my white brothers and sisters in the room, what are you willing to risk, to give up? How are you going to step forward to claim it? How are you going to step back, so that all can be seen?” after going off about “A great topic of concern and violent focus for so many men this today and always. The occupation of women’s bodies is a well exploited act of war. It is an exercise in complete domination. It leaves no grey areas. It is direct, it is violent, it is everything. Whether by force or by the powerful coercion of legislation, how can women know freedom or justice when our bodies are under the domain of angry and fearful men?”

Here are few other handouts from the rally:

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VIDEO=> Portland State Dishonors MLK With #BlackLivesMatter Founders

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.01.44 PM#BlackLivesMatter co-founders Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza were the special guests of honor at Portland State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. event. The Stott Center gymnasium was sold out, and a live stream was set up in an overflow room.

The event started off with Chief Officer Of Diversity And Inclusion, Dr. Carmen Suarez, lecturing everyone about white privilege, and explaining how they’ve been embedding that notion in academia for years.

“Privilege. The concept of privilege has, for some time, been engaged in our studies and our discourse, and we’ve moved the concept of privilege out of the academic classrooms and research, to a foundational lens by which many us learned and examined individual, structural, and systemic social injustices. Light skinned privilege is something unearned that so many of us enjoy.”

The guests of honor openly said “I want a candidate that will take seriously, reparations for black people”.

But what about saying “all lives matter”? “But most of the time when we hear ‘all lives matter’ it’s not well intention-ed. It’s a way to silence a very important conversation that this nation needs to have around the foundations of this country. This country was built on genocide, theft of people’s land, and slavery. From the very founding of this nation, not all lives have mattered.”

And if you bring up black-on-black crime, you’re racist. “To me that statement, especially when it’s deployed by white folks, is a very blatantly racist way of engaging and relating”

Of course they hate capitalism and “hetero-normative ways of thinking about relationships.”

And they ended the festivities by ripping on black conservative actress Stacey Dash. “When i hear comments like that, I often think about who’s behind it, more so than I think about who the mouthpiece is. And the same comments that Stacy Dash is making are comments that I expect to hear from people like Donald Trump.”

Facebook Silences Defender Of “Refugee” Rape Victims

FAcebook-logoFacebook is removing posts from well known yellow flag anarchist Christopher Cantwell that involve his defense of women who are being raped by the wave of “refugees” in Germany and Sweden. Cantwell also happens to be an admin of the page Gun Rights, which has been unpublished and then republished by facebook.

All of this surrounds supposed violations of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

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Today, I got the all too familiar “You must log back into facebook” message I have seen dozens of times before. I was subsequently made aware that a post made to the “Gun Rights” Facebook page, which has over 200,000 Facebook Likes, had been removed for unspecified violations of “community standards”.

I personally was blocked from posting to Facebook for 30 days as a result of the post.

The “Gun Rights” Facebook page was subsequently unpublished by Facebook, but is now back online.

This is a troubling trend that seems to get worse by the day. The Internet had once provided us with a means of breaking from from mainstream media narratives and giving each individual a voice. But, as political correctness and government policy bring pressure to bear on popular online gathering places, that is ceasing to be the case. Expressing political opinions that run contrary to PC narratives or government policy will now get you silence on the most popular platforms, and as internet regulations steadily increase we can expect this to also come at the ISP level.

On New Year’s Eve, months after Sweden’s very accommodating immigration policy got them dubbed “The Rape Capitol of the West“, hundreds of sexual assaults by invaders against European women were reported all across Europe. The rapists reportedly taunted police saying “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me“. Rather than look at the problem, the government fired the Chief of Police in Cologne, Germany.

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Want LeBron James TO GO ON STRIKE OVER TAMIR RICE

hi-res-fe467f82e49dd872c50e501c5f9525e6_crop_northUsing the hashtage #NoJusticeNoLeBron, #BLM activists are calling on LeBron James to sit out until “the DOJ imprisons the murderers of Tamir Rice”.

From The Root:

Social media has been on fire ever since word came down that the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice would not be indicted. An Ohio grand jury made the decision Monday, and people immediately began passing around the same tweets and putting up the same social media posts that proclaim Black. Lives. Matter.

There have also been marches scheduled across the nation to protest the grand jury’s decision. But a particular call to action involves NBA superstar LeBron James. James is from Ohio and plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, so folks think that his involvement in the protest would strike a hard blow to the heart of America—especially since we’re knee-deep in the NBA season.

They want James to boycott NBA games until a federal prosecutor brings an indictment against the officer who killed Rice.

This effort is apparently led by Islamic Monthly columnist Tariq Toure, who posted the following flyer on his twitter feed.

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“People Of Color Are Allowed To Be Angry” Says Huff Po

Huff Po WritersThe 20-somethings at Huffington Post are attempting to enlighten world, once again, on why people of certain skin tones should feel certain ways.

In the article “11 Things White People Need To Realize About Race”, writers Emma Gray and Jessica Samakow tell white people how to think, “The same way men need to be forced to confront, interrogate and reckon with masculinity in order to address sexism, white people need to face their whiteness. And it is not the responsibility of people of color to educate white people about race.”

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Because whiteness is viewed as the “default,” white people have the privilege of distancing themselves from the concept of race or denying it altogether. The first step towards combating structural racism is acknowledging its existence — and the ways in which cultural ideas about whiteness prop up those structures.

2. Confronting privileges and structures far larger than yourself — ones which you may feel you have little-to-no control over or no idea how to change — will always be uncomfortable. But… tough shit. “The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings,” wrote Metta. (See: “white fragility.”)

3. Pretending that you don’t see race simply means that you haven’t had to. Guess what? That’s the epitome of privilege. 

4. You need to recognize that you benefit from white privilege in order to move the conversation forward.

You don’t get to choose whether you benefit from white privilege or not — it’s the structures in place that automatically grants it to you. Denying that only makes you complicit in continuing that cycle.

5. #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t suggest that other lives don’t — it’s about making sure that black lives do.

6. People of color are allowed to be angry about racism. Don’t dismiss that anger, take it in.

As white people, we have to accept that anger is a natural response to being systematically oppressed. And it can be an effective tool.