“not only has this ideology endured within the university, it has flourished”
University of Vermont Professor Aaron Kindsvatter recently uploaded a video to YouTube addressing concern over what he sees happening on campus. According to Kindsvatter, who teaches counseling, anti-white sentiment is growing on campus.
Students want him to resign over this.
Kindsvatter is obviously referring to the ‘anti-racist’ and Critical Race Theory ideology which has swept through schools across the country. For the crime of questioning this, he has become a target of student activists.
The Vermont-based publication Seven Days reports:
UVM Professor’s Viral Video Prompts Calls for His Resignation
University of Vermont students and faculty members are calling for the resignation of professor Aaron Kindsvatter in response to a video he posted last week, in which he claimed that he feels ostracized for being white.
On March 8, Kindsvatter, a professor of counseling in the College of Education and Social Services, uploaded the video to YouTube, titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.” In the nine-minute video, which has since received more than 15,000 views, Kindsvatter asserted that he “first heard of whiteness” when a faculty colleague “offered to help [him] with it, like it was some kind of disease,” as he put it. “It was a dehumanizing experience,” he said.
“I never expected the concept of whiteness to endure, because it’s so obviously discriminatory,” Kindsvatter continued. “But not only has this ideology endured within the university, it has flourished.” He cited a July teach-in organized by UVM’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, called “Turning the Conversation to Whiteness,” as an instance “in which a number of vague social ills were associated in a causal way with people of a particular race.”
You can watch the video below:
A group called the ‘UVM Sisters of Color’ has launched a petition calling for Kindsvatter’s resignation:
Demand the Immediate Resignation of UVM Asst Prof Aaron Kindsvatter
We, select members affiliated with UVM Sisters of Color, in coalition with the greater UVM community call upon the immediate resignation of UVM Associate Professor Aaron Kindsvatter. His most recent video, “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont” is harmful to our campus’ community of color. His demands to remove anti-racist work done by administrators on the basis that it “reduces his identity to his race” defends his privilege and denies accountability that campus groups have spent years advocating for.
Specifically, the associate professor’s qualms are with the “turning towards whiteness” teach-in, where he claims he was victimized and targeted because of his whiteness. He believes anti-racist rhetoric employed by the university was in itself discriminatory, and that it contributes to hatred fueled by hate groups.
Claims of being “suppressed” for his “moderate views” are unsavory and asinine—the first step towards any kind of progress on campus is through accountability and having honest discussions. Furthermore, the fact that you go so far as to claim notable, respected literature on anti-racist work as to cause you a sort of “spiritual sickness” is beyond comprehensible.
No extra points for spelling here. See below:
Professor Aaron Kindsvatter’s “i-don’t-see-race” mentality has been proven to be harmful towards any kind of societal racial justice and for that reason we are demanding his immediate resignation. A UVM faculty member, especially one who teaches courses in counseling, should not hold this ideology employed by white supremesists.
Professor Kindsvatter should flatly refuse to resign. Perhaps he could offer some free remedial spelling lessons to the UVM Sisters of Color.
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