When I attended university in the 1980s....there were generally three requirements. First, you needed pay them before the classes started....in cash, check, or money-order. Second, you had to get form signed by the Air Force which would pay for 75-percent of the tuition. And third, you needed to visit some counselor to ensure that you had some plan.
To be honest on the third requirement....there probably never was a plan within my scope of things, but the these counselors didn't really care one way or the other.
This week, I noted in the news that Kennesaw State University (within the beltway of Atlanta) had gone and added another seminar onto the requirements to attend. This had something to do with privilege and interracial relations....note, NOT rank and privilege as most military folks would quickly have misunderstood and chatted on for an hour.
The university had gone out and hired some outside training counselor to ensure folks were hyped up on privilege and interracial relations.
So, you'd all come into one big room....I assume twenty-five-odd folks. Then they'd say to you.....you folks who identify as white.....need to go to this room, and you folks who are of color....need to go to another. By dividing the group....you'd create an "environment" of understanding and support.
I sat and read through this piece.
The contractor consultant was counting on folks playing his or her game.....getting up and going to room X or room Y.
Me? I would have sat there with my coffee while everyone got up and just stayed in my seat. Eventually, the instructor guy would have asked about my status. I would have said that I was translucent in nature....not white or of color.
It probably would have confused the consultant a good bit, and I would have been told that I wasn't grasping the game being played. Frankly, I see this as an hour or two of time wasted. You could just as well chatted about limiting alcohol consumption....how to handle a firearm, or how to handle a rattlesnake situation.
No one said much over how much this seminar cost in nature. I'd hate to think that you had to pay $25 for something like....without any value.