Monday, May 04, 2015

Is "whiteness" a problem?

A course at Arizona State U identified whiteness as a problem.  Is that OK?  How about identifying blackness as a problem?  What would be the response to that?  So did ASU can the course?  No. They did and said  nothing.  But when people began firing back, they found a voice:

After months of silence, Arizona State University is condemning recent activity by White nationalists and "hate preachers" who were responding, in part, to a new class on the "Problem of Whiteness."

James Rund, an ASU administrator who oversees student services at all four ASU campuses, issued a statement with Jake Bennett, director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, and well as representatives from ASU Undergraduate Student Government, ASU Police, Hillel ASU, Tempe Interfaith and almost 20 other co-signers.

"There have been a series of hate speech incidents over recent weeks in Tempe and Mesa, orchestrated by Neo-Nazi groups and hate preachers," the statement begins. "Some of the incidents included anti-Black, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim speech and intimidation. This behavior and these sentiments do not reflect the values of our community."

ASU President Michael Crow defended the class and its teacher, assistant professor Lee Bebout, in an interview published last week in the State Press, ASU's student newspaper, but the joint statement marks the first time the university has responded to the recent hate speech and its perpetrators, as a whole.


How do they know their critics were Nazis?  It's just a casual slur.  They have submitted no evidence of it.  But Leftists don't need evidence, of course.  Their anger is sufficient.


Anonymous said...

If whiteness is a problem why do so many non-white immigrate to America? Must be a tiny problem.

Anonymous said...

Might be time to start referring to all leftist/socialists as Marxists or Maoists and see if they like being lumped with extremists like they do to conservatives.

Anonymous said...

I think that the course is entirely appropriate for university study.
It is a literature course dealing with racial issues.
The course name may be somewhat problematic but its a legitimate field of study and universities should be free to pursue these questions.
I look forward to ASU's 2nd semester follow-up course on the problem with blackness.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberalism's the big problem

Alpha Skua said...