Mums the word in this Southern Georgia university when it comes to speaking out about white privilege.
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The book tells the story of a Cuban-American family in Miami that tells a fictionalized tale of a boy who floated on a raft from Cuba to Miami. The battle for his custody becomes international news and the main character, Lizet (Liz) tries to understand her attachment to the boy as well as navigate her first year of college at a predominantly white, wealthy college.
The book is required reading for first year education students at Georgia Southern University.
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Because the book is required reading, author Jennine Capo Crucet was guest speaker at Georgia Southern University to talk about her book Make Your Home Among Strangers. She did, but then came the Q&A portion.
Needless to say, things took a turn for the worst.
One student reportedly asked:
I noticed that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged…What makes you believe that it’s okay to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught. I don’t understand what the purpose of this was.
In response, Crucet said this:
I came here because I was invited and I talked about white privilege because it’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question.
The student newspaper at Georgia Southern University tweeted this:
As per a statement by Georgia Southern University, students have a right to burn books if they choose, but said book burning does not “encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas”.
The Guardian quotes a university spokeswoman who said that the school was “not planning any actions against any of the students involved in this incident”.
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