Wow, this is utter bulsh*t if you ask me. If there is something a white person can’t do, such as having a class called THE PROBLEM WITH BLACKNESS, then there certainly shouldn’t be a problem with whiteness class. But, that’s exactly how many racists are, they can do it because their great, great, great…second cousin was a slave.
Take a gander at this class that’s supposed to be taught next semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called “The Problem of Whiteness.” The course description aims to “understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”
Teacher of the course, professor Damon Sajnani stated:
“Whites rarely or never questioned what it is to be white,” he went on, “So you go through life taking it for granted without ever questioning or critically interrogating it.”
For Sajnani, there is a clear way to solve this problem, and that is to offer a class on “The Problem of Whiteness.” During the semester these students will analyze what it means to be white and how to deal with it as a “problem.”
He said: “The idea of talking about the problem of whiteness is to turn the question back to where it belongs.”
One focal the points of the class is to understand race, identity, and the impact it has in our lives on a daily basis. The talking points are joining white privilege and white power, the scholar said.
“The problem of racism is the problem of whites being racist towards blacks,”
The class will then theorize what white students can do with their “whiteness” and how to mobilize their identities as a mode for social justice as opposed to racial injustices, he added.
When asked what he might say to those who oppose the course topic, Sanjani said they have no logical idea of what race actually is and how it is a political machine as well as a social construct.
“Since white supremacy was created by white people, is it not white folks who have the greatest responsibility to eradicate it?” he asks in the course description.
Sajnani told The Fix the premise of the course is to understand that race is neither biological nor cultural, but rather a social and political construct. He purports that blacks, throughout their life, constantly question what it is to be black, however “blacks did not invent racism or racial oppression.”
Naming the problem of whiteness is a play on what used to be known as the “Negro Problem” in the 20th Century, he points out.
Students will write two papers in the course. The first will be a reflection of themselves and their racial identities and how that plays into their roles in modern society. The second will be a critical engagement with the required readings.
According to the online class description, readings will include:
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1920. “The Souls of White Folks” in Dark Water
Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015. Between the World and Me
Damon Sajnani, 2015. “Rachel/Racial Theory: Reverse Passing in the Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal”
Tim Wise, 2016. White Lies Matter: Race, Crime, and the Politics of Fear in America
In Sajnani’s “Rachel/Racial Theory” piece, he argues “race is an ideological structure created for the purpose of global European domination. It is designed to be fixed and permanent; to reify the contingent relations of colonial subjugation into immutable identities.”
Sajnani is a self described far-left professor who said he views both Democrats and Republicans as right-wing entities.
There is no winning with people like this! If you ask me white is becoming the new black. A white person embracing their whiteness would make you a racist. If there were a White History Month, that would be viewed as a racist holiday.
Blacks can belong to clubs and organizations that cater only to their race. But do you see a National Association for the Advancement of White People? NO, because such a group would be deemed racist. Blacks can call white people “honky” and “cracker,” all they want, but whites cannot use the N-word.
There is a double standard here that black people are taking advantage of and it’s time it ends. No more coddling, White people were slaves too and you don’t see us complaining about our ancestors’ troubling times. Let the past be the past already, let’s move on with the FUTURE. George Yancy, 2010. Look, a White!
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