California University Event: There are 14 Ways to Perpetuate ‘Whiteness’

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There are allegedly fourteen different ways where society continues to perpetuate ‘whiteness’ at California State University-San Marcos, an event that has been ongoing for fifteen years:

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A “Whiteness Forum” at Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday prominently displayed 14 poster boards detailing different ways in which students say whiteness in America oppresses people of color and society.

For 15 years and “going strong,” this annual forum has taken place as a part of Professor Dreama Moon’s “Communication of Whiteness” course, the scholar said as she kicked off the two-hour event inside a large multipurpose room.

A banner hung at the front of the room indicated the “Whiteness Forum” is about “reflecting on white privilege and racism.”

As part of the class, the students teamed up to create 14 different poster boards that aimed to illustrate different ways whiteness is allegedly oppressive.

Among the topics students broached: mental health services favor whites, media coverage is biased against people of color, Hollywood stereotyping, racism in the military, and real estate practices that favor whites, according to their projects.

 

2 Responses

  1. Evyn griffith

    December 8, 2017 5:13 pm

    I was a former student and faculty member at CSU San Marcos and worked as technical support for the Communications department under Dreama Moon. Since i often created flyers and promo materials in an effort to help out different events, I was instructed by her in 2009 to create several “Whiteness Awareness” posters for her to promote and adorn her forum with, all of which had anti-white sentiments. I felt a little leery from the gate, but I didn’t like to cause waves and didn’t mind that she held a different view than me, so I agreed to assist her and asked for more info. One suggested poster design went so far as to feature a photo of an actual student on campus who had been deemed offensive for dressing up in an american indian costume while presenting a project to class. Dreama Moon asked me to essentially display his dress-up picture with a giant Red X over it. It was at this point that i decided I was uncomfortable taking part in any way, and it still sticks in my mind as a glaring example of the bias and conservative witch hunting on American College campuses. Her intention was not to have a discussion with the student privately or even allude to similar situations anonymously in her forum… she wanted to dox him publicly and shame him. I thought about addressing the issue with campus administration at the time, but was just happy to have received permission from my supervisor that I did not have to create the posters if I did not feel comfortable doing so — so i let it go. Now that i see this is still going on I wish I would’ve challenged her more back then

  2. Dreama Moon

    December 13, 2017 7:32 pm

    Hi Evyn, yes I wish you had discussed this with me at the time. It seems you had a number of misconceptions about what we were doing, and why. It’s always good to check such assumptions with others. I’m still here if you want to chat. Best, Dreama

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