College Initiative Seeks to Make Whites Feel Safer, More Comfortable

Davidson is an inclusive community that values its ability to make students feel empowered in an academically rigorous setting. Recently, this ideal has come under attack as political institutions, news media, and college campuses across the nation have become more hostile against whites. This has only been exacerbated in recent years due to Black Lives Matter, a notoriously anti-white social movement (as its name implies), and the Charlottesville protest, where violent Antifa violated people’s basic rights to be Nazis in public. To help white students feel more comfortable in an already white space, the college has started a “Comfortable Inclusiveness Initiative” that aims to make Davidson a place where any student can honestly say “It’s Okay to be White”.

The “Comfortable Inclusiveness Initiative” will set certain standards for admissions as well as campus conduct to ensure a comfortable college experience for white students. Although the initiative is in a nascent stage, initial reports indicate the college will aim to have a majority-white student body by 2020, aiming for “somewhere around two-thirds Caucasian.” Furthermore, the college will try to foster an inclusive atmosphere for largely-white fraternities and eating houses; encourage white students to run for SGA and Honor Council; and support a culture of “both-sides-ism” that opts to honor narratives of white victimization over literally any fact of the social, political, economic, and cultural state of the US. Yowl reporters congratulate Davidson for already achieving all of these marks.

Still, the college has reason to worry about the state of white students on campus. Diversity initiatives like SAID and the welcoming of NPHC fraternities and sororities are known to cause ‘White Fragility’, a DSM-5-recognized psychological state characterized by a sense of cultural erasure and symptoms of erratic fear. The only known cure to White Fragility is creating a safe space where whites aren’t harassed with everyday facts of institutional suppression.

“It can be hard being white,” said one student who preferred to remain anonymous. “The other day, someone put up a sign with undertones of white nationalism without the college’s permission and it got torn down. I felt really victimized.” Yowl reporters have recorded reports of white students struggling to cope with basic facts of white privilege, theories of reparative justice, and the concept of institutional violence. Asked the student: “Honestly, I don’t even see race… why do people get to accuse me of ‘white privilege’?”

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