A controversial, highly-racialized event promoted by Trent University’s Central Student Association (TCSA) is causing a stir in Peterborough, Ontario.
The event – entitled “It’s OK to be Against Whiteness” – drew ire shortly after it was revealed the campus lecture would centre around the existence of “white privilege.”
“You are inciting hatred against an identifiable group (Caucasians),” complained one social media user, adding “stop embarrassing the university.”
“What a joke university to put on an event like this,” another Facebook user added. “Parents, save your money and don’t send your children … There should be a boycott.”
The anti-“whiteness” event is headlined by Dr. Michael Cappello, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Regina University. The TCSA describes Cappello as “an anti-oppressive educator.”
The divisive title of the event is in response to the “It’s OK to be white” posters that emerged on Canadian university campuses last year.
“These posters had a divisive and offensive message and were revealed to be tied to white nationalist agendas,” the TCSA wrote in response to questions being raised about the March 12 event.
The “It’s OK to be white” posters were believed to be a gag, cooked up by trolls on the message board 4chan with the intention of kicking off a media firestorm.
In a clarification post to Facebook, the TCSA provided its own definition of “whiteness.”