Student Resident Assistants slam Western Carolina University for being ‘hijacked by wokeness’ after being told not to refer to America as a ‘melting pot’ in forced racial and gender sensitivity training
- A group of Resident Assistants at Western Carolina University have revealed to be receiving mandatory racial and gender sensitivity training courses
- The RA’s were briefed on the type of offensive language to avoid using to a person of a different race as well as gender identity and expression
- Phrase like ‘When I look at you I don’t see color’ and calling the US a ‘melting pot’ were considered to be offensive to the experiences of different racial groups
- WCU has since received criticism from the students for their ‘woke’ approach
A group of Resident Assistants has slammed Western Carolina University for being ‘hijacked by wokeness’ after they were subjected to mandatory racial and gender sensitivity training where they were told not to refer to America as a ‘melting pot’.
During the training courses, the RAs were shown a series of slides that told them to avoid using certain phrases while working at the North Carolina school and were shown a ‘gender unicorn’ to highlight transgender identities.
In one example, they were told to stop referring to America as a ‘melting pot’ because it emphasized the idea that people should assimilate to the country’s ‘dominant’ culture.
‘It really pisses me off how what should be the one of the premier leadership positions on campus, being an RA, has been hijacked by wokeness,’ one of the students told Fox News.
‘I took the job because I wanted to help people in their college experience, not be told that men and women don’t exist and that everyone has their own gender unicorn.’
As part of the training, the group was taught the type of language to avoid using in racially sensitive environments along with a graphic illustrating concepts related to gender identity and expression.
In the presentation, one of the slides discussed language that could be deemed offensive to a person of a different race.
They were told not to use phrases like ‘When I look at you I don’t see color’ and ‘Gender (or race) does not affect the way I treat you’ because it denied the experiences of people with different identities.
The school also hold segregated RA ‘support spaces’ – one of which is designated for black, indigenous or people of color, while another is referred to as a ‘general’ support space.
DailyMail.com reached out to Western Carolina University for comment.
Resident Assistants at Western Carolina University have revealed to have undergone mandatory racial and gender sensitivity training courses
In one of the presentations, the RA’s were taught phrases to avoid using to people of different races that could be deemed offensive
They were also briefed on the concepts of gender expression and identity using a ‘Gender Unicorn’ graphic
As part of the racial discussion in the presentation, one of the black presenters talked about her fear of stopping her car in northern Georgia because of her race.
That led to the topic of post traumatic slave disorder which ties in the concepts of a racial group’s past experience with slavery and its relationship to their modern day oppression.
A presentation about gender expression and identity was also given using a ‘Gender Unicorn’ graphic.
The slide also presented the difference between sex and gender which a presenter claimed did not involve genitals.
The same presenter also made fun of a conservative part of North Carolina and claimed that members of the LGBTQ+ community should feel unsafe there.
Students who work at RAs at the school have since slammed the training courses, with one saying that the gender sensitivity course went against their personal beliefs.
‘The Rainbow 101 class goes against my beliefs but I have to be in that class or I could possibly be fired,’ the student also told the network. ‘I’m not allowed to speak against that.’
This incident is not the first time the institution has received backlash for their ‘woke’ approach.
WCU students have since spoken out and criticized the ‘woke’ attitude of the school
In April, the RA’s were previously told to avoid using ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’ in conversation with residents as not everyone celebrated those holidays.
They were also reminded of the ‘inclusive’ nature of the school throughout the presentation to avoid offending any of the students.
Despite praising them for the statements, WCU is said to have no religious terminology banned from campus.
‘This was a conversation among RAs in training and a housing coordinator, who was merely suggesting that we should consider that not everyone observes the same religious holidays, so we need to be inclusive of everyone,’ WCU spokesperson Marlon Morgan told Fox News.
‘That was all. WCU hasn’t banned any religious terminology, and we have no policies to that effect.’
WCU was also revealed to have tampon dispensers installed in the men’s restrooms, to be used by transgender student, which were criticized for wasting money and resources.
A student recorded the presence of the dispenser in the restroom and posted it on social media in November.
‘I, along with a majority of the student body, feel this is an absolute waste of our resources,’ the student told Fox.
‘The school shows no initiative in showing how much of our money has been spent on items like this and that bothers me greatly.’
‘We feel like the forced need to be so ‘inclusive’ on campus is getting in the way of real progress that can be made in other areas that can actually have positive change.’
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