Straight white males banned from university lecture union's 'equality conferences'

The University and College Union in England is banning straight white males from its equality conferences in order to create "safe spaces" for members.

That the union is oblivious to its unequal policy for attending an equality conference is uproariously funny.  But it gets better.

Daily Mail:

The equality conference of the University and College Union said that members must declare their ‘protected characteristic’ – whether they are gay, disabled, female or from an ethnic minority – when applying to attend.=

Activists say that it means representatives who do not qualify cannot participate in all of the discussions – even though they have been elected by their union branch.

I've got a hangnail.  Is that a "protected characteristic"? 

They would be barred from ‘break-out’ sessions that organisers claim are a ‘safe space’ for those with the ‘protected characteristics’ to talk openly about their situations.

There are four sections of the conference – for women, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. 

Though there were also some ‘joint sessions’ last year, for break-out discussions reps must have the relevant ‘characteristic’.

That means reps would be barred from debates on areas they were not affected by, and a straight, white man who was not disabled would be unable to attend any.

Yesterday critics branded the policy ridiculous – arguing that people from all walks of life can be dedicated to the cause of equality.

Emma-Jane Phillips, who sits on the UCU equality committee, said: ‘Equality reps are passionate about equality regardless of their own situation. 

To infer that someone does not understand someone’s situation just because you don’t tick a box is insulting.’

The Northumbria University lecturer said it meant some reps would have to lie about having a protected characteristic to be able to attend – something she said they would be unwilling to do.

She told Times Higher Education magazine: ‘It is ridiculous that people who regard equality as their life can’t attend our equality conference.’ 

The issue was raised at UCU’s congress, held in Liverpool last week, when a motion was proposed to give equality reps the automatic right to attend conferences without having to ‘self-identify’. However, it was defeated – the only motion not to pass during the summit’s opening day. 

I'm surprised obestity isn't a protected characteristic.  The "fat revolution" is gaining steam, and we'll be adding them to the list of "protected" minorities soon unless they become a majority first. If that happens, can we persecute them, too?

These supposedly learned scholars and lecturers are so full of their own hubris that they can't see how ignorant they are.  Of all the fallacies in modern leftism, this one is the idea that "equality of outcome" is a desirable goal, and not "equality of opportunity."  They believe that the way to achieve equal outcomes is to put everyone in their little boxes and protect people from the ravages of straight white males, who can't possibly understand what it's like to be gay, or handicapped, or a member of a racial minority.  So, like Jews under Hitler, straight white males must be singled out and denied their humanity because of all the supposed advantages they have.

Just like what Hitler thought about the rich, dirty Jews.

To melt into a pile of goo when a straight white male enters the room is something you have to convince yourself is necessary.  No human being is that weak and helpless.  If we were, we never would have survived this long.  The combination of leftist brainwashing and a desire to get attention invariably leads to a desperate insanity that makes forming an unequal policy for an equality conference possible.

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