Arizona State student Ryan Visconti proves that there is hope for the future.
Visconti – a senior at the school – is pushing back over a “diversity exercise” in which students were assigned ethnic, affectional and social backgrounds, and subjected to society’s supposed stereotypes.
Visconti said the students who designed the roleplay overlooked their own stereotypes, such as the notion that white men don’t have to work for wealth because society gives them a free ride. Or the idea that Christian churches are filled with bigots, and people who support traditional family values such as heterosexual marriage are hateful and narrow-minded.
“They were basically saying that if you don’t feel the same way, you’re wrong,” Visconti said. “It got to the point that if you weren’t a minority or gay, you were supposed to feel guilty and that everything was given to you in life.”
To start the role-play, participants were handed coded index cards that indicated their race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Participants were then told to visit different “life stations” and create their “perfect life.”
The stations included booths for housing, banking, church, jail, transportation and employment.
At each stop, Visconti said he was given scripted responses based on his gay Hispanic identity. He was told he could be a landscaper and live in a ghetto apartment or be unemployed and homeless. Meanwhile, students assigned white identities were encouraged to be business executives.
Of course, the “training” starts well before college. I’ve had a longstanding program with my kids; I pay ‘em a buck for every example of liberal indoctrination they bring home from school. These sorts of stereotypes are all over schools well into the elementary grades.
It’s equally interesting to read the comments from the “tolerant” people at the end of the article…