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Cornell tells students if they are ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’

Campus Reform – by Grace Gottschling

Student ambassadors at Cornell University were given an “orientation packet” ahead of welcoming the incoming freshman class. The packet contains a sheet of categories labeling certain groups as having “privilege” or being “oppressed.”

Campus Reform obtained a copy of the document from a concerned student who felt the content was inappropriate. The sheet outlines social issues and designates certain demographics as privileged or oppressed in a “U.S. Context.” The 15 categories range from gender identity to martial/parental status, education level, and “use of English.” 

Over the course of three weeks, Campus Reformgave Cornell University multiple opportunities to confirm or deny the packet was distributed. University spokesman John Carberry eventually responded to Campus Reform on Wednesday but did not deny the student’s account, saying that Cornell “will not be participating” or commenting on the issue.

According to the document, if you speak “accented English” you are marginalized or oppressed compared to “‘proper’ English” speakers who are privileged.  If your parents are married or “in a heterosexual relationship” you are privileged while “divorced; LGBTQ parent; domestic partnership” and “single parent” individuals are oppressed.

If you are “temporarily able-bodied,” you must have privilege according to the sheet as “people with a physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability” are oppressed. The document also lists “age” as a category, ranking those in their “30s to early 50s” privileged compared to “younger and older” demographics.

Altogether, if an incoming female Cornell student is a racial minority, has an accent, is in their late teens or early 20s, and was raised by a single parent, they are “marginalized or oppressed” in at least five ways despite their background, socioeconomic status, or life experiences.

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8 Responses to Cornell tells students if they are ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’

  1. flee says:

    Cornhole University.

    At Cornhole University ….

    We take pride in the students, faculty and the parents fulfilling education requirements that will nurture integrity and enhance students future.

    Honor…
    Persistence…
    Moral Values…
    Commitment. ..
    Hard Work….
    Intellectual Mind Rape…

    That’s what we believe in …

    For our future.

    Cornhole University. ..

    “Adding ROI Value Into Your Future”.

  2. DL. says:

    The late, great American author, Kurt Vonnegut–Cornell grad–must be rolling over in his grave!

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    I sometimes ponder highly unlikely scenarios (I mat have too much time on my hands these days), and here is one I pondered last night.

    Fill a college stadium to capacity with these snowflake ‘students’ (all males), and give every single one a sword. Then, if I could transport 1,000 Spartan warriors from the past – armed only with a sword each, I would have them surround me in the center of the football field. The ‘students’ would have 2 choices ONLY… fight their way through those Spartans and kill me, and they get to live out their (miserable, worthless) lives, OR they face years of unending torture.

    I’d be sitting in a lounge chair (on a platform high enough to watch the festivities), while smoking some killer bud, and drinking Kilkennys.

    And I have zero doubt that I WOULDN’T survive.

    Disclaimer: I’ve NEVER claimed to be ENTIRELY sane now, have I. 🙄

  4. flee says:

    I’m paraphrasing. … I heard a quote. ..

    That a normal mind can think normal.

    But an insane mind can think deeply.

  5. KOYOTE says:

    WHAT IF YOU’RE BOTH PRIVILEGED AND OPPRESSED?

  6. flee says:

    Answer:

    That would make you…

    A government employee.

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