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Massachusetts University Offers Students ‘Processing Spaces’ Following Rittenhouse Verdict

The spaces are segregated based on race

Students at Fitchburg State University were provided segregated “processing spaces” following Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

In an email to the student body, the Massachusetts university’s Center for Diversity & Inclusiveness wrote it would be “creating space for our community to process the ‘not guilty’ on all accounts verdict in the Kenosha, Wisconsin case where Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois native shot and killed two people protesting the wrongful death of Jacob Blake in 2020.” 

“Kyle was acquitted of all charges in the case after driving to Wisconsin with an automatic rifle,” the Center added. It told students “virtual and in-person physical spaces” would be available to “discuss [their] thoughts, emotions, and reflections.”

“Soon after Rittenhouse was declared not guilty, protests broke out across the U.S. Demonstrations were held in cities including Chicago, New York, Portland and Oakland,” per The Hill.

The university will offer four separate spaces: a “Students of Color Processing Space,” “White Student Ally Processing Space,” a “Faculty and Staff of Color Processing Space” and a “White Faculty and Staff Ally Processing Space.”

A Fitchburg State University spokesperson told Fox News that “some factual errors were included in the original communication” because of the rush to create the spaces. 

“The intention of the communication was to inform our community as quickly as possible of the optionally available space given the holiday break,” the university said in a statement on Nov. 19. “These do not change the intent of the gatherings, which is to provide a space for members of the campus community to discuss their reactions and experiences.”

Fitchburg added that “organizing such discussions by identity groups is a proven educational strategy [that] reflects the reality that different community members may process such events differently” and could “feel more comfortable sharing their feelings with community members of similar background and identity.”

The university also said it intends to eventually host a “combined session” open to all students and staff, regardless of their identity.

Fitchburg has just over 3,400 undergraduate students and about 1,200 graduate students.

Its Center for Diversity’s stated purpose is to “coordinate and maintain a campus-wide program that reflects the university’s mission to support the development of the whole person by engaging students in an inclusive environment.”

It advises identity-focused student groups including the Black Student Union, the Latin American Student Organization, Focus On Faith, the Asian Cultural Society, World Integrated Nations and the Gay Straight Alliance.

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12 responses to “Massachusetts University Offers Students ‘Processing Spaces’ Following Rittenhouse Verdict”

  1. MrTreestan says:

    Reminds me of the Ryan Long / Danny Polishchuk skit where Wokes and Racist agree on Everything. Ok, Whites over this way, people of color move this way. Lol

  2. Mdoll21 says:

    Yes teach some real coping skills and maybe we can stop pumping out self centered snowflakes

  3. RVL1 says:

    This was my alma mater, I left in 2019


  4. GrandmaCookie says:

    Sorry to Xbandyx for messing up your moniker in my 1st comment!

    Also, sorry for the spelling errors–don’t know if it’s me/keyboard or powers-that-be messing with me.

  5. GrandmaCookie says:

    #2 instead of coddling them, as I’m sue they were raised, since they cannot seem to cope with reality.

    Will there be anyone who knows the FACTS of the KR case, and the real reasons behind the jury decision, to give insight to and advise these panty-waists?

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  7. GrandmaCookie says:

    I agree with Pandusa & Zbandy–it’s time these “adults” are taught to critically think about today’s problems (the KRverdict, socilism and what destruction will become their daily lives, inflation, the GND, etc.)

  8. wescom says:

    Fitchburg State Universities’ post reads like The Onion. Very nearly everything stated was deemed false by the prosecution. Oh well. We bring out that tired old lap dog: let’s go Brandon!

  9. Seesaw says:

    for every $ he’s awarded, a red pill is delivered… 🤞

  10. pandusa says:

    I guess if you can’t handle reality and run with the big dogs…you’ll just have to stay in the processing place.
    Well, they probably don’t have friends or a real life. And how much is this baby-sitting service/university costing? Teaching real life coping skills and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
    for personality disorders would probably be more appropriate. But who would instruct? The staff is obviously a major part of the problem.

  11. TuckR8 says:

    Somebody at MU should really read Brown v. Board of Education, particularly as it addresses the prior doctrine of “separate but equal”.

  12. xbandyx says:

    Kyle should also sue Fitchburg State University for defamation as well.