If you are a residential assistant at Northeastern University, you will be made to take it seriously:
An instructional guide apparently in use at Northeastern University in Boston is teaching the school’s residential assistants that it is impossible for white people or men to be oppressed.
“In order to have the experience of being oppressed one must belong to an oppressed category,” the guide, titled “The Umbrella of Oppression,” says. “Men cannot be oppressed as men, just as whites cannot be oppressed as whites.”
The guide was posted to the university’s Resident Assistant Resource Link portal, and was revealed to the wider public when a screenshot of it was posted to the popular news aggregator Reddit on its TumblrInAction page.
After its blunt declaration that whites and men can’t be oppressed, the guide then reiterates itself to ram the point home.
“For a male to experience oppression, they would also need to be a person of color, gay, disabled, or in a lower social class. They cannot be simply because they are male.”
The guide then concludes with a handy image of the “umbrella of oppression,” visually showcasing the many types of pernicious oppression that can be seen in the dangerous world of the American university system:
Glad I got my degrees just before the final stage of the rot set in.