James W Loewen, author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me" talks with attendees at White Privilege Conference 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 16, 2016 (Facebook, White Privilege Conference)

James Loewen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” speaks with attendees at White Privilege Conference 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 2016 (Facebook, White Privilege Conference)

Race activists who recently gathered in Pennsylvania to intellectually flog white people for alleged “privilege” found themselves lamenting the sizable number of white people who paid for the experience.

The Twitter hashtag #WPCSoWhite accompanied the 2016 White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia April 15-17. The Daily Caller’s Blake Neff attended the conference, much to the organizers’ chagrin, and chronicled everything from its keynote speaker being labeled an agent of “white supremacy” to the disturbing “whiteness” of the “Batman v Superman” movie.

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In addition to being upset at the conference’s racial breakdown (the Daily Caller estimates that 70 percent of attendees were white), activists soon turned on their keynote speaker.

“Great keynote by @JamesWLoewen, but going over time allotted is another example of white supremacy #WPCsowhite #PHLWPC17,” education consultant Aeriel Ashlee said of historian James Loewen.

The man was attacked again when he countered that his presentation actually ended early.

“A white man’s defensiveness instead of accepting responsibility,” Ashlee replied.

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Loewen was also criticized for the racial language in his speech despite the fact that it was done for instructional purposes.

“I’m not ok with using oppressive & racist language by a white man in the ‘service’ of learning,” Heather Heater wrote on Twitter April 16.

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“N-word NEVER acceptable from #whitefolks lips! Deeply offensive & traumatizing,” added Jill Poklemba.

Tickets to attend the event cost $200 for students and $375 for everyone else. Organizers who found out the Daily Caller was attending the conference sent an email to the news organization demanding its reporter meet them in person to sign a restrictive agreement, but the demand was rebuffed.

WPC speakers were also instructed to ask if reporters were in the audience prior to presentations, but the Daily Caller did not respond to the question.


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