Campus Reform | UCSD 'White allyship' program material puts ‘Blue Lives Matter’ supporters in ‘White Terrorist’ category

UCSD 'White allyship' program material puts ‘Blue Lives Matter’ supporters in ‘White Terrorist’ category

The University of California-San Diego launched a “White allyship” program “with an intentional focus on the work white people need to do” in forwarding “anti-racism.”

One recommended resource is a “checklist for white allies against racism,” which includes proclamations such as “I use the language and political worldview of anti-racism.”

Another says that a person who believes in “Blue Lives Matter” or uses “white evangelical rhetoric” to “justify racism” can be classified as a “White Terrorist.”

The University of California-San Diego launched a “White allyship” program “with an intentional focus on the work white people need to do.”

According to the university, the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion launched its “White Allyship, Action & Accountability Initiative” in response to “the campus community’s desire to strengthen white allyship in particular.”

As the program’s website further details, the initiative aims “to holistically and comprehensively promote anti-racism by strengthening white ally engagement in efforts to mitigate bias and to deepen white ally involvement in educating on anti-racism.” The self-directed learning plan put out by the program is meant to “deepen white ally capacity to identify, engage, and actively promote anti-racism and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.”

Though the White Allyship, Action & Accountability Initiative is open to people of all races, there is an intentional focus “on the work white people need to do, both individually and structurally to create and sustain change at UC San Diego.”

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The first module of the program recommends that participants read "Me and White Supremacy: A Guided Journal," which encourages “people who hold white privilege to examine their (often unconscious) racist thoughts and behaviors through a unique, 28-day reflection process complete with journaling prompts.” The program believes that the book will help individuals “examine white supremacy in their own lives.”

The next module provides participants with a “checklist for white allies against racism.” Items on the checklist include “I use the language and political worldview of anti-racism,” “I recognize my own limitations as a white person doing anti-racist work,” and “I use my privilege to communicate information from the dominant group to people of color.”

The checklist’s section for “problematic areas where white people seem to get stuck” includes “ it is important to me to point out examples of ‘reverse racism’ when I see them” and “I prefer to spend anti-racist time & energy dealing with my personal feelings and issues rather than moving the anti-racist agenda forward.”

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The next two modules recommend a variety of resources from UC San Diego’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office. 

For example, the department suggests one article entitled “The 7 Circles of Whiteness,” which describes seven types of White people in progression from lesser to greater racial awareness.

The first circle — “White Terrorist” — includes people who are “most likely to be seen with a gun in a public location,” believe in “MAGA” and “Blue Lives Matter,” and use “white evangelical rhetoric” to “justify racism.” Individuals who exhibit "rigid patriotism" are also included on this list, alongside the KKK and the "alt-right."

Campus Reform reached out to UC San Diego for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.

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