Hateful Conservatives Going Insane Over College Class About White Privilege.
(by John Prager via AddictingInfo)
Unless you’ve been living under a very bigoted rock since the 1950’s, you are probably aware that America has a gigantic problem with racism. The GOP may claim that racism is over in America, and our mostly conservative Supreme Court may agree, but it’s hard to forget the harsh realities African Americans face when right-wing icons like Cliven Bundy are still telling us all they know about “the Negro.”
Conservatives are furious about a new class taught by a white professor at Arizona State University. The course, “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness” tackles white privilege — and the discussion on race — head-on. The class, in which 18 students currently are enrolled.
The course utilizes a wide array of thought-provoking books to encourage critical thinking about race, including Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning Toni Morrison’s “Playing in the Dark.” Other books required for the class are “Critical Race Theory: An Introduction” by Richard Delgado, “Everyday Language of White Racism” by Jane Hill, “Alchemy of Race & Rights” by Patricia Williams, and “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness” by George Lipsitz.
ASU explained that: “This course uses literature and rhetoric to look at how stories shape people’s understandings and experiences of race. It encourages students to examine how people talk about – or avoid talking about – race in the contemporary United States. This is an interdisciplinary course, so students will draw on history, literature, speeches and cultural changes – from scholarly texts to humor. The class is designed to empower students to confront the difficult and often thorny issues that surround us today and reach thoughtful conclusions rather than display gut reactions. A university is an academic environment where we discuss and debate a wide array of viewpoints.”
In one such “gut reaction,” Fox News tackled the issue of race by complaining about a class that focuses on educating people about issues surrounding it. Elizabeth Hasselbeck, joined by ASU student Lauren Clark, complained loudly about the thought of educating Arizona students about racism.
“All of these books have a disturbing trend and that’s pointing to all white people as the root cause of social injustices for this country,” Clark told Hasselbeck. The Fox host then wondered if ASU would offer a course titled “The Problem With Blackness” or “The Problem With Being Female.” [video]
“I don’t think that would fly at the university,” Clark said. “Quite frankly, as an ASU student myself, I’m disappointed that my school would offer a course like this. Clearly we have a lot of work to go as a society in terms of racial tension, but having a class that suggests an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and quite frankly, counter productive.”
And here’s what conservatives have to say about the “problem.”
Though the course seems to simply educate on the issues surrounding race in the nation — and the very real problem of white privilege — those on the Right view it was “anti-white propaganda.”
Lee Bebout, the professor who teaches this necessary course, has not spoken much about the backlash he is receiving, but he did tell AZ Central in an e-mail that “the last 24 hours have been stressful with some of the vitriolic hate-mail that I have received.”
Because, of course he did.
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