University Of Maryland Receives Backlash Over ‘White Awake’ Group

The University of Maryland is dealing with quite a bit of backlash due to a new group called “White Awake.”

Flyers posted on campus read it’s a “group for white students to talk about race.” The flyer also poses three questions:

1. Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself?

2. Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities?

3. Do you want to become a better ally?

FOX 5 reached out to the university, who released this statement:

“Although it is our intent to promote anti-racism, we acknowledge that there are members of our community that may have felt harmed by the naming of this group.

“Our Counseling Center embraces multiculturalism as one of our key and most important values, as evidenced by its diverse staff, services and programs.

“The purpose of this effort is to promote anti-racism and becoming a better and more informed ally. Our Counseling Center acknowledges that we did not choose the right words in raising awareness about this research-based initiative, and how this group has been perceived is counter to the values of inclusiveness and diversity that we embody. Therefore, we are renaming the group to better reflect our intention and values.”

The university has changed the group’s name to “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group.”



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