Students at Cornell defended the university’s decision to segregate a rock climbing course in the name of anti-racism.
According to the Cornell Daily Sun, a local school paper, controversy ensued when news of the class, “BIPOC Rock Climbing,” where BIPOC stands for “black, indigenous, and people of color,” triggered outrage and a “wave of media coverage” which led the university to remove the initial ban on white student enrollment.
“This class is designed to enable Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asia, or other people of color underrepresented in the sport of rock climbing to learn the sport and to feel included and supported,” the course description reads.
Matthew Gavieta, one of the course’s instructors told the paper while the university opened enrollment to non-BIPOC students, white students would be unlikely to sign up given its mission statement, and complained rock climbing was too white.
“There is an issue of inaccessibility for minorities in this white-centric sport and BIPOC rock-climbing is a