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White People Banned from Speaking During UK 'Anti-Racist' Conference

'Resisting Whiteness 2019' accused of 'blatant racism' for banning white people

 on 1st October 2019 @ 12.00pm
the  resisting whiteness 2019  conference was organized by qtpoc   queer and trans people of color © press
The 'Resisting Whiteness 2019' conference was organized by QTPOC - Queer and Trans People of Color

An "anti-racist" conference in the UK has been slammed for "blatant racism" after it banned white people from speaking and only allowed "people of color" to access certain areas.

Edinburgh University has come under fire for hosting the "Resisting Whiteness 2019" event, which was organized by the group QTPOC - Queer and Trans People of Color.

The anti-white event took place over the weekend and purports to oppose racism.

QTPOC set up two "safe space" areas at the event - one of which blocked white people from entering.

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Edinburgh University has been slammed for hosting the 'Resisting Whiteness 2019' event

According to the Telegraph, organizers allege that the event seeks to "amplify the voices of people of color" and give "people of color a platform to talk."

Organizers will "not be giving the microphone to white people during the Q&As," according to the event’s blurb.

Furthermore, one of the two "safe spaces" is strictly reserved "only for people of color."

While the other is open to people who are feeling "overwhelmed/overstimulated or uncomfortable."

"If you are a white person with a question, please share it with a member of the committee or our speakers after the panel discussion," the blurb states.

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QTPOC organize events all around the world - a protest in Atlanta, GA, pictured

42-year-old Jane McColl, an anti-racism campaigner from Glasgow, describes the event as "blatantly racist," however.

“It sets back the battle to achieve equality and fairness by decades," McColl states.

"All because of the actions of a tiny group of extremists, whose perverse sense of logic has led them to belittle white people, not by who they are as individuals, by merely because of their skin color.

“Imagine if this event was called ‘Resisting Blackness’ and non-white people were told they could not ask questions, nor access a room because they were the ‘wrong’ color,” McColl added.

In a statement from Edinburgh University, a spokesperson said that the fighting racism was of great importance for the institution while adding that it places "great value on issues around equality and voice."

"Consequently, the University has met with the event organizers to ensure the event is compliant with our values," the statement adds.

"We have expressed our concerns to them about certain aspects of the format of the event and they are revising their 'safe space' policy for the conference as a result."

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