Last Updated on November 14, 2022
Gettysburg College has postponed a painting and writing event hosted by its Gender Sexuality and Resource Center for people who are “Tired of White cis men,” according to a report from the New York Post. The private Pennsylvania college was set to host the event as part of a “peace and justice” senior project, though it has since been postponed after significant backlash.
The event, which was slated for November 12, was billed as an opportunity for people to “come paint and write about” how they are sick of white, straight men. After the event, the resulting paintings were to be publicly displayed in the school’s dining hall.
Sent in from Gettysburg College. Imagine the outrage if this was about any other group. pic.twitter.com/SpvD8b9YML
— Old Row (@OldRowViral) November 10, 2022
One Gettysburg College student told Fox News that he was “pretty upset” by the event and that “as a White, cis male, the fact that basically people are being allowed to discriminate based on sexuality and race is not something that was ever in the Gettysburg that was taught to me.”
“Even as a conservative, the one thing Gettysburg used to always strive for was diversity, equity and inclusion but in an actual good way that you could have conservatives, you could have liberals, you could have actual conversations,” he said. “You could have that academic back and forth as a liberal arts college.”
The Gettysburg College went on to say that he believes the school “thought they were going to get away with it” until the story went viral to the tune of 2 million shares on Instagram alone. “And a bunch of people saw it, and they went, ‘What the heck?’” he said, adding that he believes the event presents a “negative” image for the school’s student body and alumni.
“I hope that they take this as a learning experience and push back on some of this wokeness that you’ve seen, because the primary focus of school should be to educate the next generation and make sure that we have a society that continues to function and think critically,” he said.
Another Gettysburg senior, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Fox News that he was not surprised that such an event would take place at Gettysburg College. “Normally, rhetoric on posters of this nature tends to be more inclusive and welcoming to the target student groups. But this rhetoric is simply divisive,” the student said. “The faculty on campus always preaches unity among students on campus but never actually do anything to enact this unity.”
“The school should not allow this type of rhetoric as it openly and boldly defies what the college says they want to achieve from their student body,” the senior continued.
He went on to say that this “incident, like many other incidences that have occurred at Gettysburg College, makes me feel as if the school is incompetent” and that the “school no longer allows students to speak freely, they only allow ideas and concerns of students to be heard that fit their ideas that the school would like to promote.”
“The school does not have an accurate grasp of how students truly feel about the college,” he said. “Most are angered and discouraged that the school is improving not just from this event but many other events that have occurred before this.”