College’s ‘no whites allowed’ pool party postponed after backlash

The Claremont Independent reported Thursday that a group at the school, Café con Leche (“the badass Latinx at Scripps”) would be holding a POC-only (persons of color) pool party at the school Friday night.

“This event is open only to 5C students that identify as POC,” read the original Facebook event page. (5C stands for the five Claremont Colleges, one of which is Scripps College.)

The Independent then reported Friday that the event description had been changed to include all 5C students, and added an update: Scripps College President Lara Tiedens sent an email to students Friday afternoon noting that the pool party had been postponed “due to concerns about student safety in the wake of numerous phone calls and emails from the public expressing hostility and threatening physical violence.”

The story made it to conservative outlets like Legal Insurrection, The Blaze, Campus Reform, and The College Fix, where it was then picked up by The Drudge Report:

College hosts no-whites-allowed pool party https://t.co/jJTp7HMSol via @collegefix

— The College Fix (@CollegeFix) April 13, 2018

College hosts no-whites-allowed pool party… https://t.co/OaKBi8hkMF


Segregation. Fifty years after we fought to end it. WTF? https://t.co/W50dCvm5Dc

— Mark (@CoyoteV) April 13, 2018

Progress. #MLK would be so proud. https://t.co/bbV4Mscbq2

— ¡Buey o buey! 🐻/ ☕🏑 (@BueyOBuey) April 13, 2018

What Progressive looks like.

The Claremont Independent: Scripps College Hosts Segregated Pool Party. https://t.co/nvshPQ3VA6

— Couch Potato Analyst (@CouchTaterAnlst) April 13, 2018

NO WHITES ALLOWED?! Hey, Scripps College! What about Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI states, “Schools and colleges that receive federal funds must operate without discriminating when it comes to race, color, and national origin.” https://t.co/5bVJoXavn7

— Pure Michigan Girl (@PureMichGirl) April 13, 2018

@scrippscollege This is illegal. You cannot bar someone from a public gathering on school property based on the color of their skin. https://t.co/cNOq2hBxzS

— TheMissus (@s_kupp) April 13, 2018

.@scrippscollege You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is racism. https://t.co/j7nwuBkPW1

— It's the Russians (@ConservativeHic) April 13, 2018

How is this not racist? If not for double standards, the Left would have no standards at all. https://t.co/2rigwyRkMt

— Mark Pulliam (@MisruleofLaw) April 14, 2018

#FridayFeeling #FridayThe13th Scripps college who takes federal funding from taxpayers in california bans white people from pool party.

Organizers accused of looking at social media to see who is white or nothttps://t.co/3AMbmp3L9Y

— Best & Worst News (@bestworstnews) April 13, 2018

Segregation at @scrippscollege. Nothing surprises me. https://t.co/4Bdl588iqu

— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) April 12, 2018

Nice! I thought we were trying to get AWAY from the days of segregation! https://t.co/Jcb0ekKiei

— AdorableDeplorable (@virtuoso32) April 13, 2018

Private CA college hosts "No Whites Allowed " pool party. Racism has become the order of the day at American universities. https://t.co/bRGFPbxBO6

— OliverThePug 🇺🇸 (@ravena68) April 13, 2018

Scratching my head trying to remember where this has been tried before. https://t.co/onloVuiyD4

— Michele Schiesser (@MicheleSchiesse) April 13, 2018

The Independent reports that POC-only events are becoming more common at the 5C colleges:

Self-segregated spaces and events exclusively for POC are increasingly common across the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer College’s Climbing Club is hosting an event later this month off campus for POC only. The event’s description begins by saying, “Are you a person of color? Have you ever wanted to try climbing, but felt intimidated by the predominantly white space that is the climbing community?” and tells members to “bring all of your POC identifying friends for a fun, FREE, night of climbing! … This is a closed event for POC identifying people only,” with the caveat that for white members being excluded, “expect another climb night in the near future open to everyone.”

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