Fierce

White Students Burned A Book After A Latina Called Them Privileged, Not Realizing That Burning Books Is A Privilege

Truth hurts, white privilege exists and it’s beyond toxic. Students at a predominantly white university in Georgia took umbrage with this truth however when a Latina author delivered a lecture at their school about the issue. In protest of the notion that they were privileged, several students who had attended the lecture committed one of the most privileged acts of all time and burned her book.

Jennine Capó Crucet spoke at Georgia Southern University on Wednesday night about her book “Make Your Home Among Strangers.”

Her novel is a fictional piece about a young Latina from a lower-middle-class family living in Miami. The book follows her journey as she attends school at a prestigious college in New York state and struggles to keep up both socially and academically in the new “predominantly white” school setting. According to Georgia Southern University, the book was required reading for some of its First-Year Experience classes.

After speaking about the book at Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday she opened up her lecture to audience questions.

According to GSU’s school newspaper the George-Anne, the question and answer section of the lecture quickly turned into a rush of questions about her criticisms of white people.

“I noticed that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged,” one student said to Capó Crucet, according to the school paper. “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.”

In response, Capó Crucet explained that she had been invited to the university to speak about white privilege “It’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question,” she reportedly replied.

It didn’t take long for her response to spur more questions about race and white privilege from students present. According to Buzzfeed News, students became upset when the author asserted that most white people “needed to be removed from authority positions because two-thirds of people in high positions should not be white.”

That evening a group of students organized a burning of her book on campus.

According to reports, some students also gathered outside of the hotel that she had been staying at.

“Last night’s discussion with the author devolved into accusations of her demonstrating racism against white people. Some students burned copies of Crucet’s book and even gathered outside her hotel. We assert that destructive and threatening acts do not reflect the values of Georgia Southern University,” Dr. Russell Willerton, the department chair, said in a statement.

In response to the burning, Capó Crucet tweeted “This is where we are, America.”

In response to the book-burning incident that took place on their campus, the university’s vice president for Strategic Communications and Marketing John Lester said the school is “not planning any actions against any of the students involved in this incident… While it’s within the students’ First Amendment rights, book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values nor does it encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas.”

Truth is that whatever you think of white privilege and the contents of this author’s book is never really a good look.

READ: A Viciously Racist Video Has Gone Viral In Which Two Girls Call For The Return Of Slavery And The KKK

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

Entertainment

Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty

Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Aunt Becky’s Daughter Speaks Out About George Floyd And The Privilege That Got Her Into USC

Entertainment

Aunt Becky’s Daughter Speaks Out About George Floyd And The Privilege That Got Her Into USC

oliviajade / Instagram

Lori Loughlin‘s daughter Olivia Jade Giannull, who got into University of Southern California after her parents paid $500,000 to get her in, is speaking out about her “white privilege.”

But just to be clear: no one really cares…

Jade, 20, posted a story to her Instagram page addressing current nationwide protests over the unwarranted deaths of Black people across the country like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Speaking to her followers on Sunday, Jade underlined that “not being racist is not enough.”

Jade urged followers to speak up and correct others when they hear them spout racist comments.

“If you hear people saying disrespectful things. CORRECT THEM. Don’t sit there & allow this to continue happening,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “[And if] someone saying something like ‘no one is around that it offends.’ Or ‘It’s a joke’ IT SHOULD OFFEND all of us because it’s outright wrong and disgusting that humans talk/treat other HUMANS the way we’ve seen. Explain how it’s not funny at all. How actually ignorant it sounds. How uneducated you sound when u [sic] are are undermining what black people had had to deal with for generations. Speak up!!!”

Jand went on to explain that as a “person who is born into privilege based on my skin color & financial situation I was not always aware that these issues were still so present. And that makes me feel awful. But that also fuels me.”

Jade also said that she wants to”learn more and do more and be better for all my beautiful black friends and any other person who faces discrimination.”

“I’m not racist and I never have been but I need to speak up about this because just not being racist isn’t enough. It out rages [sic] me. It makes me feel sick. It brings me to tears. THERE SHOULD NOT BE SUCH A GAP BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THIS,” she explained.

Jade also directed her followers to use their white privilege to stop the injustice.

“‘We need to support and stand up and speak and USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS. We need to stop complaining about the smallest things because the black community are fearful of dying and being oppressed every single day just on the way they look and how they were born,” she wrote. “Time to step up and keep making noise because this cannot continue to happen. IT’S DISGUSTING.”

Although clearly Jade meant well, many expressed that they felt her comments were tone-deaf.

Many were quick to point out that Jade’s parents have been using their white privilege in the past year since being accused of bribing their daughters into school to get off scot-free. In fact, it was recently revealed that if the judge presiding over their case accepts their formal plea agreements this week Jade’s parents will only serve two months and five months in prison for their crimes.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com