I found out about a Rutgers student’s invitation to an evening of Disney-based racism through the magic of Twitter.
***rubs palms together***
Let’s jump right on in, shall we?
Tis alleged that a white PhD student sent an invitation via email to some of her "Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in Education" classmates (the white ones)…
Am I the only one who finds it confusing that a student interested in that class would send such an invitation?
Maybe she thought the class would be more of a celebration of racism or a gathering of folk who enjoy inequality in education or…oh, fuck it.
The student sent the email invitation to her “fellow non-racist racists” for a screening of one of my favorite racist Disney movies to loathe, Song of the South.
Shark-Fu’s thoughts on this shit…
Thought #1 - Could this be an experiment gone wrong?
I know, I know…the fact that the student calls the invited students her “fellow non-racist racists” is damning…and it doesn’t look good that she only sent it to white students.
I was kind of hoping this was a failed attempt at a social experiment…kind of like the blue eye test that Oprah did that show on where folks with blue eyes were treated better than everyone else.
If that was the case then why the hell hasn’t anyone come out to say that this was an experiment set up to test how the students that received the invitation would respond?
Thought #2 – How the fuck did the students who received the invitation respond?
This is something that fascinates me – when confronted with a oppression-based happening, most people do not respond the way they thought they would, assumed they would, or even hoped they would. In this case, the students who received the invitation didn’t confront the sender and the department has yet to take action.
Soooo…who stepped up?
Well, someone had to in order for this to leak…unless the students of color had to overhear that shit in the loo.
Oooooooh, that’s just wrong!
Alrighty then, we’ll move on.
Final Thought – When the class becomes a case study for what the class is about...
I’m betting that this isn’t a social experiment in the classic sense of a professor staging an incident and then calling all parties together for a post-mortem analysis. The loud as hell silence from all parties sans the students who didn’t get invited kind of backs me up on that shit, because an easy way to avoid all this drama would be to announce that the drama inducing ig’nance has a purpose.
No, this looks to be more of an accidental social experiment…the kind that happens every single day in America…the sort that forces us to take our professed values out for a test run and see how they perform. And that casts the lack of outrage, condemnation, and censure from the students who received an email sent to “fellow non-racist racists” in an entirely different light.
Did they laugh?
Did they giggle?
Or did they show up with popcorn and beer?