Atonis Scott, right, age 13, carries a banner with a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along Marshall Ave. during a rally in celebration of Dr. King's birthday entitled "A Call to Action: Taking Care of Unfinished Business", as several dignitaries march along with him at the head of the crowd. . From left to right are St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, Senator Norm Coleman, the Reverend Bob battle and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. The march followed a rally at Central High School and went from the school to Concordia College, where another program took place. GENERAL INFORMATION: 1/20/03- St. Paul, MN - On the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "A Call To Action" rally followed by the renaming of Constitution Ave. at the sate capitol to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.(Photo By JUDY GRIESEDIECK/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

College’s MLK Day Features Workshops for White People, Says There’s A ‘Nasty Little Racist Inside Them’


To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Concordia College (Minnesota) trampled on his dream for individuals to not be “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” by holding a variety of panels and workshops aimed at addressing “racism” exclusively perpetrated by white students.

The most egregious event –  “How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People” – instructed attendees how to “recognize and acknowledge that there is a nasty little racist inside them, and to do so without becoming angry or defensive” and defy their “racist tendencies.”

Concordia’s event description

The flier also noted: “this session is for white people only” adding that the presence of people of color in the room would “interfere with the effectiveness of the session.” 

Professor of Religion and Social Activism Ahmed Afzaal led the event and has a track record almost as radical as the ideology the session promoted: he’s written about peaceful application of jihad and how “free speech comes with a price tag.”

A student who attended commented: “The room was packed with people sitting on the floor. There was only white people there.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Concordia’s MLK Day celebrations.

The college hosted a session geared towards white women: “And You Call Yourself an Ally: White Women, Antiblackness, and a Discussion of Ijeoma Oluo’s interview with Rachel Dolezal.”

Prior to the event, students were instructed to read an interview with Dolezal, a white woman who infamously masqueraded as black and even served as an NAACP official. 

The panel, led by co-director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, aimed to “encourage white women to confront and analyze their participation and/or complicity in racist systems of oppression,” “educate participants on instances of white women commodifying or appropriating the work and narratives of black women,” and “create a foundational experience of exposure to white women’s microaggressions.”

Concordia’s event description

Another session entitled “Anti-racism for White People” sought to “advance awareness of whiteness, what it means, and how it operates at Concordia,” aiding in a broader quest to “dismantle racism.”

Concordia’s event description

In addition, the college hosted a panel on “Race and Environmental Justice in the Great Lakes Region” aimed at “increasing understanding of the current, ongoing, deeply unjust health and other effects of racial residential segregation in Great Lakes region cities.”

Concordia’s event description

Apparently proper spelling isn’t a prerequisite for social justice – note the misspelling of “Environmental” in the flier…

Students also had the option of attending a panel, “Can We Stop Being Polite? Legitimate Anger and Bold Behaviors” which professes to aid in “dismantling racist systems” and the “ liberation of oppressed people.”

Concordia’s event description

And the cost for this “education”?

Tuition at Concordia College will set you back $56,026 a year.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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