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    A row has broken out after white people were barred from an ‘anti-racism' event at top London arts, music and social science university in what has been described as a stunt that is "patronising beyond belief".

    The Goldsmiths, University of London Student magazine, the Tab, reported that this week's student event on an anti-racism theme banned men and white people from attending. Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity officer for Goldsmiths Students' Union, tweeted:

    "Please invite lots of BME women and non-binary people!! Also if you've been invited and you're a man and/or white PLEASE DONT COME."

    The event claimed to be "challenging the white-centric culture of occupations", "diversifying our curriculum" and building a "cross campus campaign that puts liberation at the heart of the movement."

    In February, Mustafa made headlines when she organised another social event only for black and minority ethnic (BME) students ahead of a screening of the film Dear White People. 

    "Patronising Beyond Belief"

    According to the Tab, a senior Student Union society president, speaking on condition of anonymity, slammed the event and the Track record of Bahar Mustafa.

    Speaking anonymously, they said: "For Bahar to have the nerve to write this is patronising beyond belief.

    "She (if that is her preferred gender pronoun) has made it very difficult for white cis males on campus who feel like they can't say anything for fear of retribution. The irony that she (or they) think that they are diversifying the student community in the name of feminism and multiculturalism is laughable."

    Lara Prendergast, online editor of The Spectator, described the latest non-white event as: "Essentially the proposition of racial segregation in a British university.

    "It is astonishing that this is deemed acceptable. It wouldn't be tolerated anywhere else in Britain — so why on earth is it being tolerated at a British university?" 

    The meeting took place in a room named after the highly controversial former American Communist Party leader and soviet-union fan Angela Davis, who met personally with German secret-police state dictator Erich Honecker in the 1970s.

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