Saturday, August 12, 2017

What Passes for Education At Stanford

8/11/17 The College Fix reports on a new Stanford class:
Stanford University is slated to offer a class this fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students will “survey the field of whiteness studies” and discuss the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness,” according to the course description....
“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”...
Ernest Miranda, a spokesman for Stanford, told The Fix via e-mail that “‘abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”
Perhaps there are professors who identify politically as white, but I would guess that this has been rare since the end of the Confederacy or at least Jim Crow.  I do not know anyone who identifies themselves politically as white.  Conservative, libertarian, progressive, liberal, but white?

Historians who do so are failing to come to grips with their own racism and guilt.

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