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University’s ‘Diversity’ Summit Segregated Participants Based On Race

Portland State University’s (PSU) diversity summit instructed participants to sit at tables which matched their self-ascribed racial identity, according to a presentation from the event.

The event, titled “The Future and Thriving of BIPOC Communities,” was held on Nov. 4 at the University Place Hotel to “advance the insights from the [Black, Indigenous People of Color] convenings and Inspire collective action,” according to a slide deck from the event. The university is dedicated to becoming a “majority-BIPOC student institution” and the November workshop built upon “previous affinity summits” and meetings, its website reads.

Participants sat at racially segregated tables, according to instructions on a slideshow from the event. Specified identities included white, black, Native/Indigenous, Latiné, “Middle East, North Africa, South Asia” (MENASA) and “Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Asian American” (PIAA).

Tables were also designated for participants who self-identified as “multicultural” or “intersectional,” according to the welcome slide.

“You are also welcome to self define multicultural and intersectional tables that extend beyond single definitions e.g. Women of color, QTPOC, folks with disabilities, Immigrant, refugee etc.,” the presentation said.

“The daylong gathering built on a series of affinity convenings that took place earlier in the year,” Katy Swordfisk, media relations manager for PSU, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Participants were invited to sit at a table that resonated with their identity … for the first part of the day, and shifted to tables by discussion topic later in the day.”

The event was part of the university’s Time to Act initiative, which promotes “equity and justice” at the Oregon campus, according to its website. Five task groups organized the virtual Equity Summit in 2020 and made “a learning and action agenda to make our vision for a racially just and equitable future a reality at Portland State University.”

The Oregon Association of Scholars (OAS), a nonprofit dedicated to merit in higher education, described the affinity groups as “a clear example of neo-segregation and discriminatory public sector behavior,” according to its January reportabout racial segregation at PSU. The group wrote the events were “a non-voluntary and non-escapable imposition of racial categories as the basis for university operations.”

OAS specifically alleged that the “white” tables were a “double assault on the principle of non-discrimination” because they were “intended to highlight the oppressive character of all white people, who are instructed to deconstruct their whiteness and share their white guilt.”

PSU President Stephen Percy and the OAS did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

This article has been updated with comment from Portland State University.

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  1. Diversity (anti-white), Equity (equal outcomes/Socialism), and Inclusion (Trans rights); it’s just another Democratic language perversion that does the opposite of what it portends. DEI has brought about illegal laws that call for firing whites first, for hiring whites last, and anyone that disagrees with them is a Racist, a Fascist, a Homophobe, a Xenophobe, a Misogynist and now, an Ableist. Did I miss one? There seem to be an infinite number of pronouns so that people can decide to be whatever they want, except for a male or a female. They say men can get pregnant and they pass idiotic laws like the “Menstrual Protection Act” in Oregon that mandates installing tampon dispensers in every boys restroom in every public school in the state. Seriously, go look it up. They want to teach your children to hate themselves and cower if they are white or be a perpetual victim and hate whites if they are black or brown. We now have biological males destroying women’s sports and we have a transgender fake “Admiral” as the “highest ranking official of the U.S. Public Health Service”. He/She? also thinks that it’s O.K. to mutilate and castrate children in the name of “gender equity”. Then, of course, there’s the non-binary head of our country’s nuclear waste disposal that just got arrested for stealing women’s underwear out of airport luggage. It’s almost impossible to comprehend how we are living in such an upside down clown world.

    And don’t dare to speak against any of it, or you are likely to be banned from any social media platform and investigated by the new “Stasi”; our own DOJ and FBI. Unless it’s stopped soon we will simply disintegrate into an evil, lawless, corrupt, society ruled over by the rich politicians in collusion with the “woke” corporate oligarchs. Sadly, that’s the Democrat’s dystopian goal; along with bankrupting us all with their never ending government money printing and ridiculous “Green New Deal” mandates. As the middle class is destroyed, we will become the poor masses that will own nothing. Just like every other Socialist/Communist state in history.

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