Cambridge Students’ Union launches’ witch hunt ‘for student who leaked compulsory racism lessons
Cambridge University college students’ union officials have launched a “witch hunt” against those who flee compulsory first-year running courses, with the aim of having them ousted.
A bitter war of words has erupted at Wolfson College with student leaders accusing those they represent of being “very cowardly” and “sowing division”, in the back row that awoke at Oxbridge.
It happened after college students approached The Telegraph with screenshots of mandatory anti-racism workshops, all new students were invited to attend this fall term.
The online courses asserted that “whiteness is centered” within the framework of “white supremacy” in modern British society, and covered micro-aggression, privilege and intersectionality.
Students disgruntled with Cambridge College’s’ wake-up call ‘leadership then told this newspaper about yet another argument in which their peers complained that a photographer of the listing’ made them feel unsafe. By asking the “gentlemen to help the ladies” to descend from an elevated platform during a gowns ceremony.
Now the Wolfson College Student Association (WCSA), the union for the mostly postgraduate college students, has pledged to find and ban the leaks of the union’s official online forum, where the fury has focused.
The flight “sows division, uncertainty and mistrust”
Officials will be removed from the 450-member WCSA Facebook group, the main bulletin board where vital updates, events and wellness issues are communicated to students since the pandemic forced posts online.
Students reacted with fury to the “witch hunt”, while the Union for Freedom of Expression said a “crowd of students” had taken control of the college, which has several country leaders among them. his former students.
Scott Dunleavy, the president of WCSA, told students in an angry statement last week: âIt is disappointing that some in this community want to sow division, uncertainty and mistrust among their peers.
“It’s even more disappointing that they choose to do it completely anonymously. It’s frankly very cowardly, and I would expect better from the students here. I think it’s necessary to add that we know the identity of at least one of the students who is disclosing these screenshots, and that they will be removed for breach of group privacy. “
Mr Dunleavy also doubled down on mandatory racing workshops. âWCSA is proud of the initiatives it has put forward over the past academic year, including its anti-racism workshops, and we fully intend to build on these over the course of this year. ‘coming year,’ he said.
âWe are proud to support our entire community and to address and act on the issues that affect us all. “
“University authorities should be embarrassed”
Sources inside the college said the union initially banned an innocent student and some students formed a rebel group in protest. One said, âThey post a lot of wellness issues on the Facebook group that never reach the student mailing list, such as recent events in college beverage consumption. How can they create two levels of students and deny people that information? “
Toby Young, secretary general of the Free Speech Union, said: âUniversity officials should be embarrassed. They have given up their leadership role and the result is that a host of students are now in charge. “
He added, “Why would anyone want to go to Wolfson if the college is now run by a bunch of Maoist thugs in short pants?”
In the compulsory running workshops, students were told that micro-aggressions were brief daily interactions that left people feeling devalued, such as saying “you speak good English”. Another PowerPoint slide stated, âGoogle search images are of white people, unless you specify otherwise. “
Another row in October saw students write a formal letter of complaint accusing a graduate photographer of sexism for asking “gentlemen to help the ladies” at the end of the induction ceremony. They claimed it created a “targeted atmosphere of inequality” and created a “safe space for all genders” on campus.
Wolfson College and its student association did not respond to requests for comment.