“The BIPOC Lounge is a dedicated space for BIPOC attendees to connect, relax, network, and utilize for career focused endeavors. With the intention to build, assist, and provide resources for the growth of the community, we encourage BIPOC attendees to visit the space,” the Gen Con Instagram description said.
“This space was created to follow through on our goals of spotlighting underrepresented voices, supplementing convention experiences, and supporting new opportunities for those seeking to enter or move further into the tabletop industry. Gen Con is committed to maintaining this goal and will ensure this space is used for this purpose throughout the show.”
Comments were disabled on the Instagram post, but reactions on Twitter were brutal, especially after the popular account Libs of TikTok shared a screenshot of the post announcing the BIPOC Lounge.
“So inclusive,” the account for The Daily Wire’s “Candace” wrote.
“They’re so progressive that they’re actually regressive,” another Twitter user shared.
While the BIPOC lounge at Gen Con is optional, leftists have been accused in the past of advocating for segregation in certain settings, mainly schools. Last September, Texas Tech University canceled a so-called anti-racism seminar that segregated students by race, The Daily Wire reported at the time.
“Upon reviewing materials from the ‘Deeply Rooted Conversations’ discussion series, we learned that some of the content does not align with our university values, and we have discontinued this program,” Texas Tech spokesman Matt Dewey told The Daily Caller News Foundation. This was after Young America’s Foundation revealed the segregation through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The groups for the event were divided up as “BIPOC affinity space” and “Ally affinity space” before the seminar got canceled.
In August, black parents in Atlanta became furious upon learning that their elementary school children were being segregated by race in their classrooms.
“[The principal] said, ‘That’s not one of the black classes.’ And I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused,” mother Kila Posey told the local news outlet. “I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in this school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes, I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes.’”
“We’ve lost sleep trying to figure out, like, why would a person do this? First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me, a black woman,” Posey continued. “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”