Students seeking non-white roommate spark nationwide debate

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Students' Post Seeking Non-White Roommate Sparks Debate

CLAREMONT, Ca (KDAF) -- For some college kids, trying to land the perfect roomie can be a complete fail. That's why two students at Pitzer College in California decided to recruit a fourth roommate using Facebook. But, after listing "POC Only" as one of the requirements social media critics gave them a lesson on discrimination.

In case you didn't know, "POC" stands for Person Of Color.

"I do not hate white people. Um, that's not what I screamed in that post," Kare Urena explained.

Since all the seeking roommates are minorities, several students said the ad was a prime example of racism.

"Racist and racism is built on prejudice and power," added Isaac Tucker- Rasbury. "In order for me to be racist I would need to have some network or system of power working in line with whatever my goals may be."

When school officials got word of the controversial post they claimed it was "inconsistent with the mission and values of Pitzer College."

"What I screamed in that post was I am eagerly desperate to create a safe space on this campus in order for me to return and be successful here," Urena said.

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