“All whites are racist” according to official policy at the University of Delaware, and students are required to undergo “treatment” and obliged to demonstrate “behavioral changes.”
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education article:
The University of Delaware subjects students in its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the universityâ€™s own materials as a â€œtreatmentâ€ for studentsâ€™ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delawareâ€™s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the total dismantling of the program, which is a flagrant violation of studentsâ€™ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech.
â€œThe University of Delawareâ€™s residence life education program is a grave intrusion into studentsâ€™ private beliefs,â€ FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. â€œThe university has decided that it is not enough to expose its students to the values it considers important; instead, it must coerce its students into accepting those values as their own. At a public university like Delaware, this is both unconscionable and unconstitutional.â€
The universityâ€™s views are forced on students through a comprehensive manipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to â€œsustainabilityâ€ door decorations. Students living in the universityâ€™s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a â€œdiversity facilitation trainingâ€ session at which RAs were taught, among other things, that â€œ[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.â€ …
According to the programâ€™s materials, the goal of the residence life education program is for students in the universityâ€™s residence halls to achieve certain â€œcompetenciesâ€ that the university has decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the overall educational goal of â€œcitizenship.â€ These competencies include: â€œStudents will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,â€ â€œStudents will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,â€ and â€œStudents will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality.â€
At various points in the program, students are also pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate their agreement with the universityâ€™s ideology, regardless of their personal beliefs. Such actions include displaying specific door decorations, committing to reduce their ecological footprint by at least 20%, taking action by advocating for an â€œoppressedâ€ social group, and taking action by advocating for a â€œsustainable world.â€
In the Office of Residence Lifeâ€™s internal materials, these programs are described using the harrowing language of ideological reeducation.
Office of Residence Life — Report 1 On Strategic Change:
In the most turgid of bureaucratese (page 9), the Assistant Director for Residential Education is tasked to “design… engage in action… interpret,” yada yada, and so on “competencies,” i.e. student (re-education/indoctrination subject) program goals.
1. Understand how your social identities affect how you view others.
a. Each student will understand their social identities which are salient in
their day-to-day life.
b. Each student will be able to express an understanding of how their social
identities influence their views of others.
2. Understand how differences in equity impact our society.
a. Each student will learn about the forms of oppression that are linked with
social identity groups.
b. Each student will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society
c. Each student will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of
3. Understand your congruence with citizenship values:
a. -Human suffering matters.
This program surely produces plenty of human suffering.
What seems to be so strange to me about all of this is that the administrators and residence directors see these thought modification programs as perfectly normal. Someone mentioned several months ago that “1984” was supposed to have been a novel, not an instruction manual.
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