Georgia Southern students burn book by Latina author after a discussion about white privilege

Georgia Southern University students angered by a fiery conversation with a Latina author, who urged them to examine their white privilege, responded by setting her book ablaze  Jennine Capó Crucet, a New York Times Contributor and associate professor at the University of Nebraska visited the predominantly white college Wednesday night to discuss her novel, “Make Your Home Among Strangers ” The award-winning book, published in 2015, follows a Cuban-American girl from Miami while she adjusts to her new life at an elite New York college Advertisement  When Crucet opened the floor for questions about the story – required reading for some students as part of their First-Year Experience – several audience members took issue with how she presented and discussed white people, according to the University’s newspaper, The George-Anne  “I noted that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged,” one student reportedly said  “What makes you believe that it’s okay to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught I don’t understand what the purpose of this was.”  Crucet responded to the student, explaining that white privilege is a “real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question ”  In wake of the discussion, students took video of themselves gleefully burning Crucet’s novel and then posted it to social media  “So after our FYE book’s author came to my school to talk about it… these people decide to burn her book because ‘it’s bad and that race is bad to talk about,’” one student said in a tweet condemning the clip  “White people need to realize that they are the problem and that their privilege is toxic Author is a woman of color.”  Crucet also retweeted the video Wednesday night and called on the university to pay “attention to how their students are responding to tonight’s talk ”  “Also want to say: I met some very amazing, brilliant students at @Georgia Southern tonight Many of them were the ones disrupting the aggressive & ignorant comments made during the Q&A,” she added “At the signing, we hugged & cried. I’m happy to know them and also legit worried for their safety ”  In an email to The George-Anne, John Lester, Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing said that “while it’s within the students’ first amendment rights, book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values ”  Crucet was scheduled to deliver another talk at the university’s Armstrong campus but it was canceled in wake of the book burning incident

2 thoughts on “Georgia Southern students burn book by Latina author after a discussion about white privilege

  1. Georgia has white privileged kids? I grew up in southern Georgia and I never saw white privilege. Most of us were just as poor as all the “ other races”. Her view maybe she did experience some race issues while she was at her very privileged school, however we southern Georgian barely got by and did not have advantages of a fancy northern school. Just another whiner.

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