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Course on ‘American Political Thought’ at CU Denver Removes White Men from Curriculum

Course on ‘American Political Thought’ at CU Denver Removes White Men from Curriculum

“absolutely zero mention of the Founding Fathers”

Try this with any other group in society and watch what happens.

The College Fix reports:

‘American Political Thought’ course at CU Denver removes all white men from curriculum

I can clearly recall the first day of class a few semesters ago when I eagerly began a course called “American Political Thought” at the University of Colorado, Denver.

My excitement quickly soured, however, after Professor Chad Shomura explained to the students in the room that most traditional “American Political Thought” courses are too focused on the achievements of white men.

As a consequence, he told us he had removed every single white male and their theoretical perspectives from the entire course curriculum.

This is echoed in the syllabus:

“This course aims to develop an understanding of American political life from the margins. Rather than surveying traditional figures of American political thought, it attends to historically marginalized voices at the crossings of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. It explores issues such as intersectionality, antiblack racism and the American Dream, ordinary life, borderlands and migration, public feelings, mental health, and settler colonialism. The materials we examine also exceed the usual genres of American Political Thought. They include, among other things, poems, an ethnography, academic articles, a novel, and a hacked tarot card set.”

My disappointment and frustration at this narrow view led me to drop the course after just the first day. But the class continues to be taught at CU Denver by Professor Shomura.

Making matters worse, political science majors at CU Denver are required to take two political theory courses in order to fulfill the requirements for the degree, and with very few class options to pick from, “American Political Thought” is taken by most to fulfill this requirement…

Perhaps the most striking thing that stands out of the course syllabus is that there is absolutely zero mention of the Founding Fathers (or any other U.S. president or political leader, for that matter) or any of the Western Enlightenment thinkers. Nothing on Washington. Or Jefferson. Or Madison. Or Hamilton. Not a mention of Locke or Rousseau. None of that.

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I don’t believe that all the white men were removed from that curriculum. I’ll bet Karl Marx is all over it, even if he’s not explicitly credited.

Perhaps the course can include Marx by having him identify as a woman of color.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 24, 2019 at 8:23 am

Try this with any other group in society and watch what happens.

It is time for the descendants of the Founders, and the descendants of those who actually built this country to speak up.

Are they fearing the cries of “racism!” and “sexism” and “[fill in blank]-ism!”? They should not, and instead tell the protestors to shut up, sit down, and behave.

If they included Locke, someone might ask if the control of the means of production was anything like how Locke defined slavery…

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