White Students Barred From Arizona State University Theatre Production

White Students Barred From Arizona State University Theatre Production

It’s become quite clear that Arizona State University has been completely taken over by left-wing activists with a distinct anti-white bias and the administrators are either in on it or are too afraid to speak up.

In 2015, ASU offered a course regarding “the problem of whiteness,” while last year a pair of black female students accosted two white male students trying to study in a multicultural center, claiming that there is no such thing as “white culture” and calling one of the male student’s pro-police decal “racist.”

Now, the university is tolerating a theatrical production that specifically bars white students from participating, according to The College Fix.

“The Color Cabaret” is “an opportunity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) students in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre to create performances that speak to their own experience,” according to a description for the performance that was held the last weekend in January.

“The cabaret, held Jan. 29 and 30, was made up entirely of students of color, and the songs performed told a story with heart, grace and a cultural flair representing the diverse community at ASU,” The State Press added.

“This performance also serves as a fundraiser for the BIPOC student scholarship fund, led by the ASU Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization,” the description stated. “Together we celebrate and highlight what makes us different.”

The College Fix adds:

Students directed the show under the direction of ASU Assistant Professor Nathan Myers. It occurred at the university’s Evelyn Smith Music Theatre. The performing arts department helped put on the performance.

“Thanks to Brian DeMaris and our supportive faculty and staff, we have made it known to our entire community that diversity and equity are the pillars that carry this program,” the program for the show noted. “Through hard discussions and active change, the MTO program has made it clear that all Black, indigenous, and People of Color, no matter the artistic background, are free and welcome to take up space here,” student director Jonice Bernard wrote.

A version of the production has been presented since at least 2013, The State Press reported, though last year, ASU held the production virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The College Fix emailed communications officials at ASU asking for comment on Monday but did not get a response. Specifically, the outlet asked if ASU officials would confirm that white students were prohibited from the production and if an attorney for the university had reviewed the production to make sure it complied with the Civil Rights Act, which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

But after the article was published, ASU officials thought it best if they finally respond.

Sort of.

“The Music Theater and Opera Student Organization (MTOSO) is one of hundreds of registered student organizations at ASU. Like every other registered student organization, MTOSO is responsible for planning and organizing its meetings and programming. And like every other registered student organization, MTSO has committed to operating in a manner that does not discriminate. Consistent with that commitment, the MTSO Color Cabaret was open to all Music Theater and Opera undergraduate, graduate, and vocal performance students,” ASU said in an emailed statement…that was not signed by anyone.

The College Fix noted that the Department of Education has recently opened an investigation into American University for allegedly offering a class to black students only.

This kind of illegal behavior is increasingly happening on a greater number of college and university campuses, giving new meaning to the phrase “institutionalized racism.”


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