A new San Diego State University event is billed as a way to train students to become less oppressive and prejudicial, but the tactics involved might be shocking and disturbing to the participants.
Organizers of the “Journey to a Shared Humanity” say the annual event is designed to get students to walk in the shoes of people who face oppression.
The event, staged by campus leaders, takes students on a tour through a darkened room, where a series of “disturbing” skits are performed, according to The College Fix. Among the themes covered are open-mindedness toward gays and transgenders, deportation, and racial discrimination.
Attending the event was a class requirement for some students this year, reports The College Fix, a conservative student publication led by veteran journalists.
In one of the skits, a black actor yells at students, telling them to face a wall and not look at him.
“Let’s go! Face the wall! Don’t look at me,” he harshly yells.
He continues, referencing the "first they came for me" poem.
“One light. One life. My life, and when they came for me there was no one else to speak up,” the actor concludes.
Other skits reflected similar talking points.
Ideas featured in the script
In one skit, actors assert that “Cisgenderism is the discrimination of people whose assigned sex does not align with their gender.”
Another vignette addresses the issue of deportation. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent bangs on a door and yells for the family inside to open up. An actor playing the mother is taken away. Her "daughter" faces the students watching the skit and asks them how they would feel if one of their family members was taken away.
In another skit, a crowd of people repeatedly chants, "Jews will not replace us!"
Other vignettes depict various opinions about religion. In one of the skits, an actor says: "I hate Indians. They are beastly people with a beastly religion."