California University Bans the Separation of Whites and Colors at Student Laundry Facilities

BERKELEY, Ca. – Administrators at the University of California in Berkeley announced on Friday that beginning January 15, 2019, students will be barred from separating white and colored garments at all campus-run laundry facilities.

The stunning decision comes on the heels of a three-week sit-in at the university’s administrative offices where more than four hundred students called for an end to the longstanding tradition of washing white and dark-colored clothing separately on the grounds that doing so violates federal civil rights laws and encourages racial discrimination.

“The fact that we’re still separating whites and colors in 2018 says a lot about us as a society,” Rebekkah Bernstein, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at UC-Berkeley, told the San Francisco Chronicle. One of the key organizers of the sit-in, Bernstein said she felt compelled to take a stand after witnessing an encounter at a campus laundry facility in which a white university RA “chastised” a young African-American woman over her failure to properly separate her laundry by color. “It was absolutely appalling,” Bernstein recalled.

While the act of separately washing white and colored clothing remains a standard throughout most of the civilized world, students at UC-Berkeley say the continued practice triggers memories of a darker period in American history. “It’s no coincidence that the washing machine was invented in 1850 when slavery was still alive and well in this country,” Jayce Peterson, a twenty-year-old social justice major at UC-Berkeley, told Real News Right Now. “Every time you make a conscious effort to separate your whites from your colors you’re essentially pouring salt on a four-hundred-year wound.”

With UC-Berkeley’s rules on laundry separation scheduled to go into effect at the start of the upcoming 2019 semester, university officials issued a stark warning to the student body this week: “Effective January 15, 2019, any student caught segregating laundry will be expelled. If you want to do that, take it off campus. Here at University of California-Berkeley there is zero tolerance for that kind of behavior.”

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  1. Figures,California is the land of fruits and nuts, and only they would get this far off whack, get real you friggin idiotic morons, nothing like educated idiots and our educational system seems to pouring them out in the numbers,

  2. LOL Clearly great satire, but nowadays the title should really be something about UC mandating colored clothes having their own separate wash load, and preferably their own dedicated washing machine.

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