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California State University faculty members protest caste inclusion in non-discriminatory policy

Days after California State University announced the addition of caste as a protected category in its system-wide anti-discrimination policy, more than 80 faculty members reportedly sent a letter to the board of trustees. to oppose this decision.

Faculty members said the new policy would unfairly target a minority community for policing and disparate treatment, Press Trust of India reported.

The university policy came after years of Dalit student activism. Under the policy, a caste-oppressed student would be able to report anti-Dalit bias experienced on campus.

“I salute the incredible work and dedication of the students, employees and other partners whose efforts ensure that our policies align with our bold aspirations,” said Chancellor Joseph I Castro, as quoted by the LA Times.

Caste is one of the oldest forms of social stratification passed down at birth and is used to divide Hindus into hierarchical groups and to determine social status. Although caste-based discrimination is prohibited in India, the system has long been used in the South Asian diaspora to entrench the privilege of members of so-called upper castes while condemning those of lower castes to roles or occupations. specific less desirable.

However, opposing the move, the 80 faculty members wrote to CSU trustees and trustees that “this addition is a misguided excess.”

“We believe this addition is a misguided excess without any evidence of its necessity and that instead of reducing discrimination it will lead to more discrimination by unconstitutionally singling out and targeting Indian and South Asian Hindu faculties .”

The signatories expressed dismay that they were not consulted by the California Faculty Association before arriving at the decision. “We have already met with the President of the CFA in May 2021 about this possibility and were assured that no such decision would be taken without consulting those of us who would be directly affected by the addition of the caste in the protected category.

“To our great disappointment, the CFA did not consult any of us,” they said.

Opposition to the move, however, has become a subject of ridicule on social media.

“Caste is a kind of racism. Only #Caste_racists oppose the identification of caste as one of the discriminatory practices,” wrote one netizen.

“Melting! Oppressor caste faculties write letter against adding caste to anti-discrimination policy system of [CSU], the largest university system in the United States,” another user wrote.

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