Cornell opens a ‘BIPOC-only’ climbing course for white students amid claims of racism

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Cornell University has opened a “ BIPOC only ” rock climbing course for white students amid allegations that they encourage racial segregation on campus.

An online description of the course, entitled PE 1641: BIPOC Rock Climbing, initially stated that the class was “for people who identify as black, native, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.”

The prestigious Ivy League university quickly came under fire, and the course caused outrage on the Internet.

Critics claimed Cornell was “ disgustingly racist ” and actively discriminated against whites, prompting administrators to open up the rock climbing course to students of all races.

The course – which costs students $ 315 – is still training called ‘BIPOC Rock Climbing’, but an updated course description states, ‘This course is open to all Cornell students interested in learning rock climbing with this special focus. ‘

Cornell University has opened a `` BIPOC only '' rock climbing course for white students amid allegations that they encourage racial segregation on campus.  An online description of the course, entitled PE 1641: BIPOC Rock Climbing, initially stated that the lesson was 'for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian or other people of color'

Cornell University has opened a “ BIPOC only ” rock climbing course for white students amid allegations that they encourage racial segregation on campus. An online description of the course, entitled PE 1641: BIPOC Rock Climbing, initially stated that the lesson was ‘for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian or other people of color’

The prestigious Ivy League university quickly came under fire, and the course caused outrage on the Internet

The prestigious Ivy League university quickly came under fire, and the course caused outrage on the Internet

The course sparked heated discussions on Reddit, with one user claiming the course was an example of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which claims that “ institutions are inherently racist and that race itself … is used by whites to promote their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color ‘.

“This happens everywhere in higher education in all different study programs,” the user explained. “Critical race theory is f ** king toxic!”

Another agreed, wondering if Cornell preferred to ‘separate drinking fountains for whites and BIPOCS too?’

A third wrote, “I didn’t know Cornell liked Jim Crow.”

A university spokesperson did not comment on the change, but simply said it The Cornell Daily Sun: ‘While some [activities] may focus on students with a specific identity, they are not limited to just those students. ‘

However, an instructor who led the course told the publication that it was “unlikely” that white students would enroll now.

According to CollegeSimply, 59 percent of students at Cornell are BIPOC or from abroad.  Only 41 percent are white Americans, well below the national average of 76 percent

According to CollegeSimply, 59 percent of students at Cornell are BIPOC or from abroad. Only 41 percent are white Americans, well below the national average of 76 percent

Another instructor claimed that the course was simply designed to help BIPOC students get comfortable with the ‘white-focused’ sport of rock climbing, and was not intended to be discriminatory.

From bigger issues like entry fees and accessibility to smaller micro-aggressions like the names of some outdoor climbing routes, it’s hard to be a minority and feel welcome in the outdoors. Just below the surface, the climbing world in particular is influenced by racism, sexism and sizeism, ‘they stated.

The instructor didn’t specifically call the routes “ micro-aggressions, ” and many popular rock climbing spots in upstate New York are located in national parks with Native American names.

Meanwhile, there were some BIPOC students who supported the exclusive rock climbing course and wished it was not opened up to those who identify as white.

“Hearing people complain about this lesson and saying that taking it away from our white peers is laughable and frustrating,” someone told The Cornell Daily Sun.

According to CollegeSimply, 59 percent of students at Cornell are BIPOC or from abroad.

Only 41 percent are white Americans, well below the national average of 76 percent.

The college also has other climbing courses.  A Cornell student practices his skills in an indoor climbing center

The college also has other climbing courses. A Cornell student practices his skills in an indoor climbing center

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