“Many POC members moved here to be able to avoid white violence and presence, so respect their decision of avoidance if you bring white guests.”
The Person of Color Theme House is a private housing co-op off campus for people at UC-Berkeley. It’s meant for “low-income, first generation, immigrant and marginalized students of color.”
But you cannot even bring white people into the common areas. You must alert the residents if you want to bring white people to the house: “Many POC members moved here to be able to avoid white violence and presence, so respect their decision of avoidance if you bring white guests.”
Private landlords run co-ops in the Berkeley Student Cooperative.
White guests are banned from the common spaces at the Person of Color House, an off-campus housing option for Berkeley students, according to a photo of the guest rules recently posted on Reddit.
Under a section labeled “Guests in Common Spaces,” it states: “Guests are allowed in common spaces but please be mindful if there are house members in the room beforehand. White guests are not allowed in common spaces (see intro).”
The POC House intro states in part that many members moved in “to be able to avoid white violence and presence.” When students do bring a guest, the rules direct them to announce it in the house guest chat and note “if they are white.”
But it’s not just white guests who are unwelcome.
“Avoid bringing parents/family members that express bigotry,” the rules continue. “Queer, Black, and Indigenous members should not have to avoid common spaces because of homophobic or racist parents/family members.”