An elementary school in California's San Francisco Bay Area sparked outrage after it arranged a Playdate Social for students that is exclusively for those who are "black," "brown," or "API," standing for Asian and Pacific Islander. White students were excluded from the mixer.
The event was hosted by the Equity & Inclusion Committee at Chabot Elementary School in Oakland, California.
"If your family identifies as Black, Brown, or API or are a parent/caregiver of a Black, Brown, or API student. Come hang out while we get a chance to know each other and build our community as we kick off this schoolyear," the event invite states.
"Feel free to bring a ball, game, or snack/drinks to share (but no pressure there will be fun games, light snacks, and drinks available," event invite reads.
Below the description, a small caption says that it was "Hosted by Equity & Inclusion Committee," and is followed by an email address for the group.
The event, which was created to entertain students of all colors unless they are white, notably encourages participants to "build our community as we kick off the school year."
One person who said they are a parent at the school blasted the event on Reddit.
“I dunno about others, but I’m genuinely upset about what ultimately boils down to a 'No whites allowed' playdate,” said the Reddit user, who posted the event graphic online. In other comments, the user said the event invite was "emailed to all the parents," and that they are "particularly impassioned by this BECAUSE of how backwards it is."
He added, "I am firmly against racial segregation in any form, and think this is the kind of event that pulls more people AWAY from the cause they are likely trying to promote."
The Reddit user also appeared to suggest that such events are pushing regular people to become more politically conservative, writing, "I know people who have literally gone full blown conservative/Trumpers because of shit like this, which is in large part why I think I have such a visceral reaction to this event."
Another user noted that "the worst part" is that these types of events are primarily "fueled by extreme white left of liberal 'woke' people" who "feel they can speak for poc" (people of color).
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