(Patriot.Buzz) – Claiming voluntary affiliation rather than exclusion, MIT President Sally Kornbluth defended the existence of a blacks-only dormitory at her institution.
Kornbluth made these statements while testifying before a U.S. House committee regarding the rise of antisemitism on college campuses.
“Actually at MIT, our students affiliate voluntarily with whichever dorm they want to. It’s not exclusionary, it’s actually positive selection by students which dormitory they want to live in,” Kornbluth, who is white, stated during the hearing. Her comments were in response to inquiries from Representative Burgess Owens, a black Republican from Utah, concerning the dorm known as Chocolate City.
Chocolate City, as the MIT website details, is characterized as a “brotherhood” of students and alumni with shared backgrounds and interests, identifying with urban culture and similar experiences or ethnicities.
The discussion took a contentious turn when Owens questioned the implications of such segregation. “So, it’s ok for blacks to not make whites feel included,” he asked Kornbluth. He further queried if it would be acceptable for whites to similarly exclude blacks on campus, drawing parallels to the segregation era.
Kornbluth responded by highlighting the difference between exclusionary practices and seeking communal support based on shared experiences. However, Owens expressed strong disagreement, equating the situation to racial segregation practices from the 1960s.
The hearing, which also included testimonies from Harvard University President Claudine Gay and the president of the University of Pennsylvania, further delved into the issue of affinity group graduation ceremonies at Harvard. When questioned by Owens about segregation based on color, Gay stated, “I oppose segregation.” Owens countered by highlighting that such segregation is occurring on her campus.
Additionally, during the hearing, the academic leaders addressed the topic of campus policies against bullying and harassment, revealing that calls for the “genocide of Jews” do not always violate these policies.