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Dartmouth Prof Thinks Colleges Should Require White Privilege Courses

Dartmouth Prof Thinks Colleges Should Require White Privilege Courses

“being a good person does not make them innocent but rather they, too, are implicated in a system of racial dominance”

Is this about the pursuit of real scholarship, or advancing social justice?

Campus Reform reports:

Dartmouth prof calls for mandatory white privilege courses

A Dartmouth College sociology professor called on universities to require students to take courses on white privilege and black history.

Dr. Emily Walton argued in a USA Today op-ed that, “if racial equity is to be an achievable goal,” then students should be required to take courses on these topics before they graduate.

The professor proceeds to state that she teaches a course on these topics, claiming that the “small handful of white students in the class usually learn the most.”

“That’s because for the first time in their lives, they begin to look at themselves as members of a racial group,” she explains. “They understand that being a good person does not make them innocent but rather they, too, are implicated in a system of racial dominance.”

Walton refers to “white blindness,” or a state in which racial privilege is invisible, claiming that, during the course, her white students “awaken to the notion” that racism systematically advanced white people while keeping all others down.

Going further, the professor claims that white blindness is no accident, but that public K-12 schools perpetuate a culture of “white blindness” by not “requiring white students to contend with history in an inclusive, critical way,” referencing ethnic studies initiatives taken in a few states.

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Two observations:

1) “That’s because for the first time in their lives, they begin to look at themselves as members of a racial group,”

She may live to regret a ‘white racial awakening’.

2) “Racial equity” = “raise up, tear down; doesn’t matter.”

“awaken to the notion” that racism systematically advanced white people while keeping all others down.

A popular myth in some parts of the world—specifically, the “shithole countries”—the weird notion that the successes of Western civilization were predicated on suppression of all those other wonderful cultures and races which would have surpassed it were they not suppressed. An excuse for systemic failure, and all very self-serving. Something the grievance industry didn’t invent, but is all to happy to lap up.

A Professor of Sociology, who could have guessed.

I bet she demands to be called Doctor.

And finally, guess where Professor Watson got her Bachelor’s degree…. Wait for it….

Evergreen State.

Why would anyone ever take a graduate of that asylum seriously?

It’s interesting how white leftists, like Walton, wail about so-called “white privilege” but never sacrifice themselves by quitting their jobs so a minority can take their place.

Universities used to pride themselves on helping an individual realize his or her own potential. Now too many of them are helping an individual submerge himself or herself into a collective identity which would keep them deliberately handicapping themselves in the name of social justice. Not even a footrace where everyone should try to finish in the middle of the pack, life is now supposed to be about refusing to run at all. This is what education is supposed to be about? An endless sermon by a cleric with doubtful credentials? This is not only an exercise in anti-intellectualism, it is being taught to attempt to create anti-universities.

I think a course on white privilege would have been very useful in college, or even in high school. There I was with all this privilege, and no idea how to use it!

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