An instructional guide being used at Northeastern University in Boston is teaching the school's resident assistants (RAs) -- who usually serve as live-in dormitory supervisors -- that it is impossible for white people or men to be oppressed, the Daily Caller website reports today (August 17, 2015).
"In order to have the experience of being oppressed, one must belong to an oppressed category," Northeastern's guide -- titled "The Umbrella of Oppression" -- says. "Men cannot be oppressed as men, just as whites cannot be oppressed as whites."
The guide was posted at Northeastern's Resident Assistant Resource Link portal, and was posted to a wider public when it appeared on the popular news website Reddit.
The guide becomes more assertive and specific by stating, "For a male to experience oppression, they would also need to be a person of color, gay, disabled, or in a lower social class. They cannot be [oppressed] simply because they are male."