An Inclusive Litany

12/28/92

When the University of Pennsylvania announced mandatory "racism seminars" for students, one member of the University Planning Committee voiced concerns about the coercion involved, expressing "deep regard for the individual and my desire to protect the freedoms of all members of society." A university administrator sent her note back, with the word "individual" circled along with the comment, "This is a RED FLAG phrase today, which is considered by many to be RACIST. Arguments that champion the individual over the group ultimately privileges [sic] the 'individuals' who belong to the largest or dominant group."

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