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Graduate English Program at CUNY Seeks to Combat the Problem of Whiteness

Graduate English Program at CUNY Seeks to Combat the Problem of Whiteness

“help us imagine, discuss, and produce new ways of resisting whiteness and envisioning alternatives in institution settings”

There is no other identity group or race for which this sort of talk would be considered acceptable.

Campus Reform reports:

CUNY: ‘Whiteness continues to be a crucial problem in our English department’

The Graduate English Center at the City University of New York is set to host an event on March 22, titled, “Refusing Institutional Whiteness: Possibilities, Alternatives, and Beyond.”

The event’s description states that “whiteness continues to be a crucial problem in our English department.” The Graduate English Center brought “together a group of scholars and thinkers in a range of disciplines in order to help us imagine, discuss, and produce new ways of resisting whiteness and envisioning alternatives in institution settings.”

“Refusal,” “dissent,” and “protest” are listed as possible ways to combat whiteness in academia.

Bianca Williams, Tami Navarro, and Asilia Franklin-Phipps will serve as panelists for the event.

Williams is an associate professor of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and identifies as a “black feminist cultural anthropologist.” Her work has focused on “race, gender, and activism…black feminist leadership and pedagogy,” and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Navarro, meanwhile, is associate director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is a Duke University graduate, served as a fellow and scholar at Rutgers and Columbia, respectively, and previously taught at Rutgers University and Wesleyan University. Her research interests include neoliberalism, gender and labor, capital, and identity formation.

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DouglasJBender | March 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being White is…unbearable. To be white, or not to be white?…That is the question. And a question which will be asked, and answered, by a distinguished roundtable of non-white academics, who will conclude it is most definitely better not to be white. They will also discuss the systemic white favoritism and anti-minority animus in Western colonial societies reflected in such English literary figures as Gandalf the White and Sauron the Black, respectivrly. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves will be touched upon as an example of white height privilege and the shortchanging of those who don’t quite measure up to white standards.

New research into the subtle pro-white laundry agenda will be shared, with highlights including the observation that within typical Western fascistic and capitalistic laundry marketing, the terms “clean” and “white” have become intentionally associated, rendering the term “black” automatically, by contrast, being associated with “dirty”. Language has consequences.

Finally, some of the finest wordsmiths in today’s Rap scene will share their thoughts in poems on current race relations, and what can be done about whitey. Afterwards, tea and crackers will be served, as has been the case for several centuries.

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