Oxford college introduces compulsory classes on ‘cultural appropriation’ for students

Nov 19, 2017 by

by Camilla Turner, Telegraph:

An Oxford college has become the first to introduce compulsory classes on “cultural appropriation” for students.

Magdalen College will run the mandatory workshops for freshers starting from next year, where they will be taught about racism, institutional racism, cultural appropriation and implicit bias.

The move follows a series of rows about racism and cultural appropriation at the university. Magdalen College was criticised by students over its 1920s-themed ball, held last year.

It was claimed that the ball may cause offence to female and ethnic minority students on the basis that “people of colour and women were entirely absent from college spaces” during the time period.

Lincoln college was also accused of “cultural appropriation” over its New Orleans-themed ball, with students claiming it promotes “nostalgia for an era steeped in racism.”

The Oxford Union’s governing body passed a unanimous motion in 2015 recognising that it is “institutionally racist” following an outcry over a “highly offensive” cocktail named “The Colonial Comeback”.

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