Carmen Goséy knows all about racism.
The black student is the chair of student body government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a predominantly white, elite school.
In that position she’s witness how people of color and white people interact with – and react to – each other. She’s been a campus leader on various important issues and has come to one conclusion: all white people are racist.
Of course, that blanket statement – like “all black people are dumb” or “all Mexicans are lazy” – is bigoted and racist in its own right, but Goséy is not too interested in what you white folks think.
Her racism. She says it’s because of “white supremacy.” And because “all white people are racist.” But those statements alone give an indication of the real reason she may have struggled in her efforts.
“I was operating in a white position as a person of color,” Goséy wrote. “Now I see the University was not designed for the success of minority communities; it was designed for white students to learn about my oppression while not having to participate in dismantling it.”
“I have struggled with the juxtaposition of my identity and representing a campus that does not look like me or remotely relate to my experience,” Goséy wrote.
She told parents of “children of color” that they shouldn’t send their children to the prestigious school. “I ask people of color to reconsider your place at this institution,” she wrote. “I ask parents of people of color to rethink sending your children to this institution.”
Her final comment, which she repeated twice, was to deride the institution that is providing her with the quality education she is benefiting from.
“This institution does not care about people of color. This institution does not care about people of color,” she wrote.