When the Multicultural Center asked for more office space at Santa Clara University, white students complained the center was exclusionary. At issue are “See Me” T-shirts that are supposed to encourage students to see (and presumably appreciate) differences. The colored faces are smiling in smiley-face style; the white faces have two eyes and a nose but no mouth. The San Jose Mercury News reports:
“Personally, as a white student, I don’t feel welcome in the MCC,” one student wrote in response to the chat-room question, Should SCU make more space for the MCC? “Those `See Me’ shirts were so racist, with the white faces singled out and made to look expressionless next to the smiling faces of color. Any center that promotes that sort of bigotry should not be a part of this campus.”
It sounds like the multiculturalists have a vision problem. Let’s hope they can hear what their classmates are saying.