There’s not a lot of references to the incident, but I found a description of the it here (which itself is a fine article):
On December 9 at about 4AM, a student at Columbia University filmed another student committing the unpardonable sin of declaring that he loves being white. The video lasts less than a minute as a clearly intoxicated and upset scrawny white boy flails about while screaming:
Europeans built the modern world. We built the modern world. We invented science and industry, and you want to tell us to stop because oh my God, we’re so bad….We saved billions of people from starvation….White people are the best thing that ever happened to the world. We are so amazing. I love myself and I love white people. Fuck yeah, white people. Fuck yeah, white men. We’re white men, we did everything. I don’t hate other people, I just love white men, I love white men.
As you can imagine, the young man got in trouble. Apparently, he did not back down…
The reason a college undergrad gets globally denounced for saying that white men invented the modern world is not because it’s false but because it’s so true.
One of the comments to the tweet:
Your average college student today lives in a luxury that monarchs of old could never imagine. Central heating, modern medicine, a personal slave to shuttle them (automobile), birth control, electricity. All invented by white men. No gratitude.
Personally, except in the service of context, I don’t know why he limits the point to average college student. Most people, certainly leftists, don’t get this either.