Automatic soap dispensers can apparently discriminate against people of color, claim students at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Sullivan Israel, a UCLA civil engineering student and College Fix contributor, said he recently attended an online discussion on “systemic racism” where some students expressed serious concerns that automated soap dispensers were racist because for black students, they purportedly only worked when the students showed the palm of their hand, which is lighter in color compared to other skin areas.
“As one UCLA student claimed during the debate, automatic soap dispensers “don’t see her hands” due to the dark pigment of her skin. As another student reiterated, soap dispensers are racist because they force “black and brown bodies” to show their palms — “the only light areas of the skin” — in order to get soap out,” Israel wrote in an opinion piece for The College Fix published on Wednesday.
Israel explained that the sensors on automatic soap dispensers do not recognize color and would sprinkle liquid soap for anyone with a pulse, regardless of their skin color.
“First of all, let me just debunk the basis of this claim: for anyone who doesn’t know, the sensors on soap dispensers don’t see human hands; they don’t have eyes. They work using a simple device called a PIR sensor that recognizes infrared light, which is emitted by all people, regardless of color (as long as they’re not dead),” he wrote.
He continued: “The point here isn’t how a soap dispenser works. It’s the idea that students at UCLA actually thought that they were designed with white supremacy in mind.”
Israel said this was not the opinion of several students, but rather the view of the more than 80 students who attended the online debate.
He said students also voiced other flimsy arguments to support the idea of systemic racism, including that “white people fed black babies to crocodiles.”
One student reportedly suggested her teacher was racist because she asked the student where she was from.
Israel said the students did not discern between “real racism and perceived racism,” and did not single out individuals for their supposedly racist views. Rather, their arguments were in support of the notion that “systemic racism and white supremacy is all around us, and in everyone, and everything.”
For the majority of students, he explains, racism “is not a viewpoint held by a shrinking group of misguided individuals, but rather a secret force that exists everywhere, permeates all things, and wields power over society. Sound familiar? That’s because it has a name: conspiracy theory.”
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