No whites, no men: ‘Equality’ protest accused of racism & sexism
The event, which took place on Wednesday and was organized by the students’ union Welfare and Diversity chair Bahar Mustafa, was branded divisive after students of non-BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background were told not to attend.
Mustafa, who is a representative of the student union, wrote on the event’s Facebook page: “If you've been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME.”
The event was aimed at “challenging the white-centric culture of occupations,” as well as “diversifying our curriculum” and building a “cross-campus campaign that puts liberation at the heart of the movement.”
Students attacked the union for the ban.
— Matt H (@mathinuk) April 23, 2015
“For Bahar to have the nerve to write this is patronizing beyond belief,” said one society president.
“She (if that is her preferred gender pronoun) has made it very difficult for white CIS males on campus who feel like they can't say anything for fear of retribution,” they said.
— Rob g (@shearersbuddy) April 23, 2015
“The irony that she thinks that they are diversifying the student community in the name of feminism and multiculturalism is laughable,” they added.
This event comes after a previous BME-only film screening triggered a backlash in the national press.
— The Nick Parton (@FineExcuses) April 23, 2015
The screening, which also involved Mustafa, was of a film called ‘Dear White People’ and was accused of creating a “racially segregated space” in the university.