The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) is offering students up to four college credits if they attend the public university's 14th annual "White Privilege Conference," Campus Reform reports.
The event, which is organized by UCCS, will focus on teaching whites that they are born with an inherent privilege over other races. A stunning promotional video for the event provides an idea of what the White Privilege Conference is all about.
"I am privileged," reads black text on an all white background. "I can if I wish arrange to be around people of my race most of the time."
The video continues:
"I can go shopping fairly assured I won't be followed or harassed."
"When I'm told about our national heritage or about 'civilization' I am shows that people of my color made it what it is."
"I can, whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, count on my skin color not to work against my appearing financially reliable."
"I don't have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily protection."
"I can choose blemish cover or bandages in 'flesh' color and have them more or less match my skin."
"I cannot be blind to the invisible system of privilege I am a part of," the video concludes.
Students will receive one college credit for each day of the three day conference that they attend if they write a brief journal entry summarizing what they learned, according to an online syllabus on the UCCS website.
The UCCS sociology professor in charge of organizing the conference, Dr. Abby Ferber, has authored several books, including "White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy."
"According to the conference’s website, the credit can be attained by any student in attendance and is “widely transferable” to other academic institutions," The Leadership Institute's Campus Reform notes.
The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota are among the four other institutions helping sponsor the controversial conference, which is set to take place in Seattle on April 10-13. Seattle is roughly 1,300 miles from Colorado Springs, Colo.
Just as a side note, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs is the same university that sparked controversy over its tips for women who are targeted by a rapist. These tips included urinating and vomiting to deter an attacker.
After much ridicule, the school removed the list from its website, but given the nature of the Internet it will never be truly deleted. Here's the full list:
1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
4. Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
10. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.