That flyer above may tip-toe through the legal tulips adequately (though I would love to see it challenged), but it stomps its way through the garden of ethics.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a “Welcome BBQ” on September 12, four days after the start of the academic year “intended” only for students of color. White, like everyone else, are “welcome,” of course, but they have been warned that the event isn’t “intended” for them. “We don’t want you white devils to come, but you’re ‘welcome’ if you do.” Boy, I bet the legal staff worked long and hard on that wording. They should have worked harder. If a “welcome barbecue” is only intended for one type of student, how are other students still “welcome”?
The university’s Center for Cultural Enrichment is hosting the barbecue. It’s whose mission includes “embracing all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, religions, classes, abilities, or any other aspects of identity we hold.” It does this, apparently, by figuring out ways to discriminate against white students without getting cited for it.
I know I am a child of the Sixties, but if there are any white students on campus having any fortitude and integrity while possessing a shred of self-respect, they should be organizing a huge contingent of white students to prove how “welcome” they are at the barbecue. Once again, we have the political Left trying to use Rationalization #64, “It isn’t what it is,” and assuming that everyone else is gullible or stupid. What would we call a restaurant that said in its ads, “This establishment is intended for whites only, but all are welcome” ?