One Place With No Guns

As reported by John Tabin at the American Spectator:

In January 2006, Virginia Delegate Todd Gilbert introduced House Bill 1572, which was meant to guarantee, with a few exceptions, that students with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry guns on college campuses. The bill died in subcommittee later that month. Like many schools, Virginia Tech had a policy prohibiting guns on campus, and Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker expressed pleasure at the bill’s defeat. “I’m sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly’s actions,” said Hincker, “because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.” (emphasis mine)

Colorado Springs – White Privilege Conference

Oh boy – do we have a good one in our own back yard. And I appreciate James Taranto of the WSJ for bringing it to the world’s attention. This is a target rich environment – a sample ofsome of the liberal guilt to be served up medium warm:

Taking Apart the Matrix: Multiple Systems of Oppression

This experiential workshop provides an opportunity to explore the multiple privileges and oppressions we experience daily and to gain deeper understanding of our own position in the many interrelated oppressive systems we all inhabit. Recognizing that we are not alone in these experiences can create a sense of connection to a wider community. The workshop is intended to inspire conviction that creating social justice requires a commitment to dismantling multiple systems of oppression simultaneously.

Lots of theory on how to make classrooms oppressively non-discriminatory and diffused of white privilege:

Towards a critical theory of liberation: Enacting liberatory consciousness in classrooms, communities and collective spaces

Eliminating white privilege can increasingly happen as we create a theory which enables daily action toward liberation. It is not enough to be against oppression. It is necessary that we be for liberation. Clarifying a theory of liberation provides the mechanism through which each of us can ratchet ourselves toward daily enactments of a liberatory society.

This highly provocative and challenging session requires participants to articulate a theory of liberation and a set of specific practices that can be enacted on a daily basis that results in the dismantling of white privilege and the creation of classrooms, communities and other collective spaces characterized by equity, fairness, and justice. Participants will develop a protocol for monitoring implementation of their critical theory of liberation through specific liberation enactment strategies.

Of course, some things are only allowed for non-white people (I assume that’s what’s mean by “attendees who identify as people of color”) , although are white, transsexuals considered people of color and are allowed to attend this one?

People of Color Caucus

WPC attendees who identify as people of color are welcome to join this daily discussion. This caucus will provide a safe, supportive environment for people of color to process information, feelings, experiences, and interactions that occur during the conference, and to explore avenues of mutual support and empowerment.

Nope – wait – found the place for those transexuals

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Caucus
WPC attendees who identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum are
welcome to join this daily discussion. This caucus will provide a safe,
supportive environment for “queer” folks to process information, feelings,
experiences, and interactions that occur during the conference, and to
explore avenues of mutual support and empowerment. Recognizing that WPC
attendees have more than one identity, caucus participants can flow in and
out of this group as well as bring up the intersections of many social
identifications as well process the day’s learnings.

Lots and Lots and Lots of racism questioning- are Jews a race?

Complex Positionality: Jews, Whiteness, and Identity

Looking over the historical emergence of the concept of “race,” critical race theorists and geneticists tell us that “race” is an historical, “scientific,” cultural, and biological myth; a social construction used as a justification and rationale to persecute those constructed as the “other.” Though Jewish people are members of every so-called “race,” due to historical, social, and economic circumstances, dominant groups have constructed Jews across a wide continuum on the racial divide.

Asians are a race, but are they also white? even though they might not have white skin?

The Model Minority Myth; Removing the Shroud of Silence

This workshop is about the systems of privilege and institutional barriers that have been shaped in part by the model minority myth discourse. In order to assist in the building of collaborative relationships, increasing global understanding and promoting solidarity within educational institutions, organizations and communities, we need to address the oppressive effects of the model minority myth beyond its influence on Asian and Asian Americans, to include the broader societal population.

I thought Latino was a racist word? Wouldn’t this exclude people from South America?

Ending Internalized Racism: African-American and Latino Alliances by Alysia Tate & Maria Franco

As our country’s Latino population experiences record growth, and social safety nets disappear, a wedge is increasingly being placed between African-Americans and Latinos. Though the situation is often described as one of two groups competing for scarce resources, these communities are positioned to be each other’s staunchest allies in the fight for the elimination of racism and other oppressions. This workshop will explore using the tools of listening and putting attention on these challenges through Re-Evaluation Counseling as one method for bringing our communities closer together in an effort to frame, and work together, on common agendas.