California University Announces Pool Party But Has ‘Special Rule’ For White Students Who Want To

California University Announces Pool Party But Has ‘Special Rule’ For White Students Who Want To

October 28, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Racism in America has once again taken a huge
leap forward with the acceptance of racist tendencies. Like many objectionable virus
type thinking, if it’s not stomped out as soon as it sees the light of day, it will
spread very prolifically. Unfortunately, movements like Black Lives
Matter and other special interest groups have pushed the narrative that because their groups
faced discrimination in the past, they are allowed to put that on others now. Sadly,
they’ve taken that liberty and run with it, because the racism that was once almost
extinguished, is now again flourishing. While fringe groups inspired by the KKK still
exist, they’re by in large, just that, a fringe. However, the discrimination against
traditionally non-discriminated groups, especially Caucasians, are on the rise. There are now
even groups that won’t allow white people into their events, or centers. While this might seem like a backward world,
where those who so loudly protested racism are now exercising it, it’s not at all a
futuristic issue, it is upon us now. The Claremont Independent reports that a group has gone
so far as to proudly post about their “no whites allowed” parties on social media: Organized by Scripps’s Latinx group “Cafe
con Leche”, the event was announced via Facebook (click here for archived description)
under the claim of being the “first ever POC [person of color] pool party in [Clare]mont”. The three-hour use of Scripps’ Sallie Tiernan
House Pool is aimed at the creation of “a safe space for 5C students that identify as
POC to come together and build community,” and will be open to only students identifying
as POC attending the Claremont Colleges, a consortium which also includes Pomona College,
Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Harvey Mudd College. The event is set
to take place between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, after the pool’s normal hours of operation. Cafe con Leche also advertised the event on
its own Facebook page, adding in its post that the pool party will be ‘POC ONLYYYY.’
Cafe con Leche is a registered student club at Scripps College. Its stated goal is to
‘provide a forum for the discussion of social, political, and economic issues that affect
women, particularly those of Latinx decent.’ The group also claims to be welcoming of all
members of the Scripps College community: ‘We welcome all members of the Scripps community
regardless of racial and cultural heritage to join us in this pursuit.’ The event, sanctioned by the college, appears
to violate Scripps’s anti-discriminatory policy. The policy reads, ‘Scripps College
is committed to a policy of equal opportunity, and no differentiation will be made based
on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status,
or the presence of a disability.’ This event is clearly advertised as a party for individuals
that identify as people of color to the exclusion of white students. Even if the event is in accordance with Scripps
College policy, it may run afoul of federal law. Because Scripps College receives federal
assistance, it is bound by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI states,
“Schools and colleges that receive federal funds must operate without discriminating
when it comes to race, color, and national origin.” Educational programs and services
that must abide by this law include recreational facilities such as Sallie Tiernan House Pool.
Consequences for violations of Title VI can include loss of any sort of federal assistance.
It is unclear whether hosting the pool party after regular hours affects the application
of civil rights legislature. However, one student attending Pomona College
told the Independent that he believes the pool party is exclusive in nature: ‘I am
white-passing with a diverse friend group, most of whom were invited to this party except
for me.’ ‘Talking to my friends, I felt as though
the hosts of the event had gone through people’s social media profiles to determine their skin
color and then explicitly allowed or denied people admission to the event on the sole
basis of their skin color,’ he added. The organizers also posted a link to a form
to let those invited notify who the hosts should keep out of the pool party: “Here’s a link to anonymously let us know
of people that would keep this experience from being a safe and comfortable one.” The event description of the pool party ends
with ‘It’s a great time to enjoy a pool party by the people and (more importantly)
FOR THE PEOPLE!!’ However it’s clear that ‘for the people’ actually means for the
people—of the race(s) the organizers deem acceptable to let into this party. Anyone with even a casual understanding of
history can see that while the names have been changed, this is an exact repeat of what
has happened multiple times in the past. A race which has fallen from grace is first
torn down verbally, then attacked, unsanctioned by the law, and then the government is infiltrated
by the hate mongers and the begin to change the way the government works to allow the
abuse. If racism is bad, it’s bad no matter who
it is being perpetrated against. When we begin to understand that, only then will Dr. Martin
Luther King’s dream of not seeing color, become a reality.