A meeting of the "White Student Accountability Group" at the University of South Carolina elicited the ire of a conservative youth group.
A university representative insisted the meeting was not sponsored by the College of Social Work but rather was a student project. However, students from the College of Social Work were invited to attend the event on April 26, according to an email obtained by Turning Point USA.
"The Accountability Group was part of a student's project and was not part of an officially sponsored College of Social Work activity," the spokesperson told Fox News. "The meeting was open to everyone and was strictly voluntarily."
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The purpose of the event was to "help social work students recognize both their contribution to and responsibility to dismantle racism in our practice," as well as helping to encourage students to use their "voice, power, and privilege" to address racism and to "support students in developing skills" that will allow them to host similar groups with their peers and colleagues, according to the description.
Statement condemning the "White Student Accountability Group" hosted yesterday by the College of Social Work. pic.twitter.com/G7xV9aBTaT— UofSC Turning Point USA (@uscturningpoint) April 27, 2022
Dylan B., who was identified as the local chapter president of Turning Point USA, described the event as "disappointing" and one that promotes "racist ideas."
"We believe all people are created equal, endowed, by their creator with certain unalienable rights. This is one of the core principles America was founded upon," TPUSA wrote in a statement. "We respect the dignity of all people regardless of their racial or ethnic background. Unfortunately, the same can not be said of the College of Social Work here on our campus."
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Some universities throughout the United States, such as Loyola University in Baltimore and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, have some sort of "White Accountability Group."
"Turning Point USA condemns racism in all forms, and the University of South Carolina should immediately cease pushing racial divisions on its students. Students should learn to judge everyone by the content of their character, not the color of their skin," the conservative activist group wrote.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the University of South Carolina for a request for comment.