'University lecturers are being asked to attend workshops to help them understand how their ‘whiteness’ makes them unwittingly racist.
Classes at UK universities are telling lecturers to acknowledge their ‘white privilege’ and examine the idea that white people enjoy advantages in life simply because of the colour of their skin.
Posters for the seminars say that black staff and students are discriminated against regularly.
A session at Bristol University, hosted by the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Advisory Group, said it would ask lecturers to ‘examine and acknowledge the destructive role of whiteness’.
Flyers for the event, called Walking On The ‘White’ Side Of The Street, said: ‘We will look at it as a day-to-day reality of white privilege that causes daily “aggressions” towards people of colour.
‘We discuss why white people accrue advantages and benefits simply due to the colour of their skin and how whiteness as a discriminatory force is as prevalent today as it was 400 years ago.’
A workshop at Anglia Ruskin University in East Anglia, entitled Privilege: The Truth We Don’t Tell Ourselves, asked participants to face ‘our privilege in an honest manner and understand exactly how we benefit from a racist system’.
It warns staff and students that the seminar ‘seeks to expose the truth about the privileges we unknowingly carry with us in everyday life... the ideas presented might make you feel uncomfortable’.'
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