The social was organised by the Rowing Club’s social secs but created independently of the University Club. The original event read,”It has come to our attention that the boat club is so white… As promised in our mandate we want to have an ethnic minority social but it turns out that it wouldn’t go down too well with Yusu or many ethnic minorities so we are having a lesser nation social instead… As such we want to pay homage to our peers from less well known nations of the world.”
In response to criticism, the event’s organisers have amended the text. The event has since changed its title to one member’s, ‘super douper Dutch/around the world themed pardyy!!!’ The text now reads, “We want to pay homage to our peers from less well known nations of the world.”
One second year student told Nouse, “Its a shame that students in positions of responsibility on campus think they can get away with this kind of bigotry. Its not funny and it makes people feel unwelcome, whatever their ethnicity, to join a University Society that should be inclusive.”
One organiser was, “disappointed that anyone feels that way. With regards the page, it is an unofficial page that we are putting on separately from a club social to celebrate our Treasurers 21st Birthday. As we say in the description, the social is largely based around her and I suppose is kind of an inside joke that could potentially be deemed offensive if you don’t know who is being talked about or referenced. In no way did we mean to cause offence and I’ve changed the bits I believe to be in question and hope this issue need not go any further.”
The event had asked for “dedication” from everyone, “when it comes to representing some of the Britain’s less significant cousins this week. We are also launching a new strategy we have been working on called ‘bring your favourite foreigner’, where, if you know any, you should bring a companion from a distant land. Don’t know any minorities? Don’t worry!
“You can find them and make friends with them in the following places: the library after dusk, the languages for all department on a Wednesday afternoon, Jumbo’s Chinese buffet, and anyone with a camera at the minster, the dungeons, anywhere on the walls, or queuing up at Bettys.”
YUSU Sports President, Charlotte Winter: “I want to make it clear that neither myself, the York Sport Committee or YUSU condone actions or language that could reasonably be deemed to be offensive YUSU is determined to actively promote equality and diversity as a core value and would take action to prevent offence to any group within our diverse membership body.”
Members have been told to, “not resort to any primitive stereotypes kids! We’re better than that!”