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White people not allowed at POC Housing

By Lawrence Edward HincheePublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Is this the 1940’s or is it 2022? If a private co-op tried to create a similar housing that banned persons of color the NAACP would have filed a lawsuit so fast that the property would have shut down. If you try to have anything that is similar to Black Entertainment Television for whites only again the NAACP will file a lawsuit for inclusion. But what I am reading out of the University of California, Berkeley smacks of racism. How can it not? In his article they refer to the student who are persons of color pays to have a place to stay that is free of white people violence. I am not understanding this at all. I thought we had done away with Jim Crow, separate but equal and I thought the anti-discrimination act of 1964 did away with this bull shit? I thought the civil rights act put an end to this crap.

The UC Berkeley People of Color themed student cooperative home, which bans white people from ordinary spaces, has a troubled history of discrimination and neglect, according to the students.

However, the house was ‘founded on pillars of cross-cultural exchange, academic and professional support, and anti-harassment/cooperation,’ student Manduhai Baatar said, adding that it has operated counter to those ideals during a tumultuous past.

In a 2020 Medium piece, which appears to be an attempt to rebrand the house while addressing its problems, Baatar said the house is plagued by ‘white supremacy’, neglected students who left the house ‘exiled’ and has gained a reputation. ‘Call out culture’ and drug use.

A private housing co-op just off the University of California, Berkeley campus has banned White visitors in common areas or without consent from other tenants. The “Person of Color Theme House” is a housing co-op located near UC Berkeley that “aims to provide housing to low-income, first generation, immigrant and marginalized students of color,” according to its website.

It is a private venture and is not affiliated with the university. But can the university do anything about this housing unit?

In a leaked photo of “house rules” for the co-op, tenants are instructed not to bring White guests to the home without permission and to keep White guests from common areas. “Many POC members moved here to be able to avoid white violence and presence, so respect their decision of avoidance if you bring white guests,” the leaked house rules list states.

White people are not entirely banned from the house’s premises, but those wishing to bring White guests into the building must alert other tenants.

“Always announce guests in the Guest Chat if they will be in common spaces with you and if they are white,” one rule states. White people are entirely banned from entering shared spaces within the home to allow people of color to avoid “white presence.” What does this really do to help further these people's education? What are they to do if they get a white professor and they live in this housing unit? Remember they live in a people of color housing for white avoidance and to avoid white crime.

“Guests are allowed in common spaces, but please be mindful if there are house members in the room beforehand. White guests are not allowed in common spaces,” another rule states. “Avoid bringing parents/family members that express bigotry. Queer, Black and Indigenous members should not have to avoid common spaces because of homophobic or racist parents/family members.” This rule makes sense, or does it? In the real-world gay, black and indigenous people are going to have to deal with racist individual in the workplace.

“Person of Color Theme House exists to create a safe and welcoming space for its house members and build solidarity with communities of color in the Berkeley area and beyond,” the house’s website states. But this also is reverse racism. If these people are going to interact with nothing but persons of color, aren't they doing themselves an injustice? What are they going to do when they get into their career field and have a white boss? How are they going to handle that? Aren't companies now required to be diverse? (Source: Fox News Timothy Nerozzi)

This is blaming everything on one race. It is also saying every white person is violent, homophobic, racist. This too me is utterly ridiculous. In the 1930’s Adolph Hitler blamed everything on one race as well. What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear them.

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About the Creator

Lawrence Edward Hinchee

I am a new author. I wrote my memoir Silent Cries and it is available on I am new to writing and most of my writing has been for academia. I possess an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. I reside in Roanoke, VA.

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