Props to Goldsmiths Students’ Union, for taking the ‘safe space’ concept to absurd new levels. Last week, one faction of the union hosted a screening of the film Dear White People and advertised it as being ‘for BME students’. For those not au fait with this lingo, BME stands for ‘black and minority ethnic’ – and the poster specifies that this screening is for students of ‘African, Caribbean, Arab, Asian and South American ethnic origin’. The union’s welfare and diversity officer and education officer both reiterated this message on Facebook and Twitter, then stated that before the screening, there was a BME ONLY social happening at Cafe Natura.
There it is: racial segregation at a British university. Imagine if the tables were turned, and the film was called Dear BME People and the screening was ‘for white students’ and ONLY WHITE students could attend the social before the screening.
Yet the concept of BME ONLY is apparently supported by Goldsmiths Students’ Union, presumably thanks to the orthodoxy of the ‘safe space’. But if ‘safe space’ actually means ‘racially-segregated space’ – as it’s increasingly starting to look like – then we’ve got a serious storm coming.
I’ve yet to hear back from anyone from the union about whether any white people were allowed into the social.
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