The University of Florida’s Anthropology Department just lately invited all the scholars in a single explicit course to a digital townhall — besides the white college students.
Students enrolled within the course obtained an electronic mail to the townhall, which was organized by two PhD college students, in keeping with Kara Zupkus of Young America’s Foundation. The electronic mail was addressed to BIPOC (black, indigenous, folks of coloration) college students, and acknowledged:
We have some wonderful graduate college students in Anthropology which can be holding a digital Town Hall tomorrow, Nov 19 4:30 p.m. to debate future instructions and objectives for a BIPOC Anthropology Group (open to non-anthro BIPOC majors and minors).
To guarantee this occasion is a protected area, organizers are asking that you simply attain out to them for the Zoom hyperlink. An necessary message from them: “We kindly remind all that you respond to this space [sic] is only for those who identify as a BIPOC individuals in this department. While we appreciate white students may want to join to learn more about the BIPOC perspective, we ask they respect this space as a chance for BIPOC students to come together as BIPOC. We cannot hide our skin color, and for this reason we already navigate the University of Florida as BIPOC surrounded by a majority white student body and faculty body. We ask white students to respect that this is a space where BIPOC students can come together without the need to perform any emotional or mental labor to explain their experiences as BIPOC. Additionally, we acknowledge colorism exists within our own BIPOC communities and therefore we kindly ask all BIPOC students to be mindful that we will be a diverse group of BIPOC students, and it is expected we will respect differences in experiences due to colorism.”
The electronic mail concluded, “Don’t be shy if you are interested in attending but not an Anthropology major — they welcome all BIPOC students!” The official UF Anthropology division account additionally retweeted an advert for the occasion.