We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not new. This was going on at my Top-10 law school 35 years ago. A special reception party for "minority" students to welcome them when they entered but not for other students. Plus a two-week free session ahead of the regular fall semester at which newly admitted minority students (but no others) could take mini-classes on succeeding at law school, legal writing and analysis classes, and a mock moot court.
Only difference between what you describe and now is that "white" students did not get any equivalent.
At some point, those not of color who experience this will become less enamored to support such programs and the organizations that push them. I suspect they are still living on residual early civil rights feeling by older decision makers. But those people are aging out leaving those who had a different experience.
Several years ago, when my son was still in high school (the very same one I attended)I had a chance to observe the cafeteria at lunch time. In my day, as in his, there were two premier tables that the elite cliques dominated. This day, while my son attended this school, I saw those two tables contained ONLY black students. One of those students had been a frequent visitor in my home. I asked my son why those students were separate, so visibly so, from the rest of the cafeteria students. The black students had instituted their on segregation and did not allow, with the support of the school administration, white students to sit at those tables. What a bizarre world we now live in.
I have asked numerous people on the left to define the term "people of color". I've had my motives attacked for asking the question and I've been told the answer is self-evident and thus the question does not deserve an answer. What I have NOT gotten is a definitive answer that allows me to say "This person is a person of color" and "That person is not a person of color."