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Ph.D. Candidate at UPenn Says Freedom is a ‘Key Component of White Supremacy’

Ph.D. Candidate at UPenn Says Freedom is a ‘Key Component of White Supremacy’

“The notion of ‘freedom’ was historically and remains intertwined with Whiteness”

When the left is trying to rebrand the idea of “freedom” as white supremacy, which they are, we have moved beyond Orwell.

The College Fix reports:

Penn Ph.D. candidate argues ‘freedom’ is a ‘key component of White supremacy’

The concept of “freedom” is “intertwined with whiteness,” according to a University of Pennsylvania graduate student writing in The Washington Post on Thursday.

Taylor Dysart, a doctoral candidate at Penn, authored a column in which she attempted to find roots of “colonialism” in the desire of a group of Canadian truckers to avoid being vaccinated. For several weeks, the truckers have clogged Ottawa’s roadways, objecting to a vaccination mandate implemented by Canada’s government.

“The convoy has surprised onlookers in the United States and Canada, both because of the explicitly racist and violent perspectives of some of the organizers and because the action seems to violate norms of Canadian ‘politeness,’” Dysart writes. “But the convoy represents the extension of a strain of Canadian history that has long masked itself behind ‘peacefulness’ or ‘unity’: settler colonialism.”

“The history of Canadian settler colonialism and public health demonstrates how both overt white-supremacist claims and seemingly more inert nationalistic claims about ‘unity’ and “freedom” both enable and erase ongoing harm to marginalized communities,” she writes.

But then Dysart makes a seemingly contradictory claim: That “freedom” is, in fact, oppressive.

“The primarily White supporters of the Freedom Convoy argue that pandemic mandates infringe upon their constitutional rights to freedom,” she writes. “The notion of ‘freedom’ was historically and remains intertwined with Whiteness, as historian Tyler Stovall has argued. The belief that one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of White supremacy. This explains why the Freedom Convoy members see themselves as entitled to freedom, no matter the public health consequences to those around them.”

Materials promoting Stovall’s book, “White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea,” say it discusses “how the Statue of Liberty—a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on Earth—promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants.”


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Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | February 19, 2022 at 1:58 pm

I seem to recall some black folks craved some of that white supremacy “freedom” back in the 19th Century.

Anonymous Bosh | February 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm

“WTF” doesn’t really capture it, does it?

Ph.D. candidate, huh? I’d be looking for a full refund.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to UJ. | February 20, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Ph.D. in WHAT. Probably something Styrofoam, like lesbian dance theory, or Womyns Studies.

    “She” (as opposed to he) enters into this to some extent.

    Yes, I AM a male chauvinist pig.

This is plagiarism. I’m pretty sure this is the argument Loki made in the first Avengers movie.

I’m down with this.
If black folx are all tired of freedom now, I have just the amendment.

Funny. There’s always a hyper-educated academic around to argue anything the left needs them to argue, no matter how idiotic or insane the argument might be. It’s almost as if all that education teaches them more about subservience than actual facts or analysis.

Nothing new under the sun: “Freedom is Slavery.”

retiredcantbefired | February 19, 2022 at 8:03 pm

Stovall’s book devotes an entire chapter to the whiteness of the Statue of Liberty. The chapter reads like satire, but wasn’t meant as such.

This is Marxist hogwash at it’s worst

If freedom is white supremacy, and white supremacy is bad, then freedom is bad and must erased? This is PhD-level logic?

what an embarassment to her family and to upenn

SeekingRationalThought | February 20, 2022 at 9:22 am

What a silly, ignorant little girl. This isn’t sexist, its made abundantly clear by her own words. She is not a mature, thinking woman. By her logic the Freedom Marchers were white supremacists. Not just stupid, but pathetically stupid.

As a Penn B.A. I am doubly horrified by this twaddle coming from someone in one of their graduate programs. Does she really believe this horse manure, or is she spouting it in order to demonstrate her solidarity with her radical friends? I’m not sure which would be worse, the stupidity or the lying?