San Diego University Students Take Intense Workshop to Experience Oppression

“How would you feel if one of your family members was getting taken away from you?"

Some San Diego State University students are participating in a workshop that organizers admit is a “disturbing” series of “sensory experiences” designed to help students “step outside their comfort zone and into the shoes of those who are struggling with oppressive circumstances.”

College Fix reports on the annual program called “Journey to a Shared Humanity” and reveals that this year, some students were required to attend the event, held earlier this month, as part of their classes. The 20-minute experience consists of students walking through a darkened room and viewing a series of about a dozen melodramatic skits acted out by campus social justice warriors.

In one skit, a black man yells at the students to face the wall and not look at him, for some reason. Then he recites a modified version of the famous poem from a German pastor around the time of World War II:

“First they came for the Native Americans, but I’m not Native American, so I did not speak up. Then they came for the Jews, but I’m not a Jew so I did not speak up. Then they came for the gays, but I am not gay so I did not speak up. Next they came for the crippled, but I’m not crippled, so I did not speak up. Turn around. What do you see? What do you see?!"

A self-important naif with no life experience but lots of hours spent reading Howard Zinn?

In another performance, a student acts out a phone call between mother and daughter as the students hear someone banging on a door and a man’s voice yelling, “ICE, open up!” The mother offscreen is about to be deported.

“Don’t let them teach you to be scared of others that don’t look or sound like you,” she says. Yeah, that sounds just like what someone about to be deported would say.

At the end of the cringeworthy skit, the actress stands and faces the students observing in the wings. “How would you feel if one of your family members was getting taken away from you?" she asks. "Well it’s happening today. It’s happening to me." Then she turns off the light and the room is plunged into darkness again.

Here's a simple and just suggestion: don't be in the country illegally, and then you won't have to worry about deportation.

In another skit, a loudspeaker repeats “Jews will not replace us” as an echo of the chant shouted by neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville. Background images from WWII Germany and present-day Charlottesville are juxtaposed. This is ironic because the left cares nothing about protecting Jews. Campus leftists despise Israel, support Palestinian terrorism, and believe "Islamophobia" is a bigger problem than anti-Semitic Islamic supremacism.

In another stiff, awkward performance, a young woman complains to a friend about her Middle Eastern roommate because she wears a headscarf and "could be related to a terrorist.” This is supposed to seem bigoted and intolerant, but here's a thought: maybe she is related to a terrorist, or is aiding and abetting one, or is one herself. There's no way to know until it's too late.

Campus Fix reports that "after students viewed the 'immersive live theatrical experience presenting a collective of raw and emotional performances'... they are taken into a room and debriefed by professors or other campus leaders about how the skits made them feel and what they should do to better combat oppression." By "debriefed" they mean "brainwashed."

Ray Savage, leadership coordinator for residential education and coordinator for Journey to a Shared Humanity, told SDSU’s News Center back in 2014, “It is our sincere hope that by exposing students to the oppressive systems in society they’ll take a look at how we all participate in these systems and hopefully commit to changing oppressive patterns and behaviors."

Here's an idea: how about changing the behaviors of the supposedly oppressed? Don't be here illegally, don't support Palestinian Jew-hatred, don't commit acts of terrorism.

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