Claremont Insider: Communication Breakdown

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Communication Breakdown

What we have here is a failure to communicate - achromatically....

Will Bigham in the Daily Bulletin reports that the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College are in hot water over party flyer they circulated for a "white party" - that is, a party where everyone was supposed to come dressed in white.

Apparently, Scripps College Dean of Students Debra Wood took that to be an invitation to racism and sexism and said as much in an email she sent to Scripps students last week.

In her e-mail, Wood said the fliers promoted a "racist party theme." She urged Scripps students to boycott the party, and write letters of protest to student leaders and campus newspapers. Bigham reported:

"I am saddened and dismayed, and angered, that students in the year 2008 would use this kind (of) advertising to promote a party," said Wood in the e-mail sent Friday. "It harms not only women and African Americans, but all of us here at the colleges and undermines our educational efforts."

The party, hosted by the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, was held Saturday night in a large tent erected on one of the campus fields.

The disc jockey who performed at the event and contributed the images on the flier said he was "kind of astounded" when he learned of Wood's objections.

Tim Scarne, who performs as DJ Timbo, said the "white party" theme "meant you were supposed to wear all white because there were supposed to be black lights."

"Where the racism came in I have no idea, other than the theme of the party was misconstrued," he added.

"And sexist? I'd say sexy. I'll meet them halfway on that."

Wood's a little behind the times. Doesn't she know we're supposed to be in the post-racial world now? This sort of thoughtspeak business is getting a little out-of-hand, not to mention laughable.