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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Portland State course aims to ‘make whiteness strange’

According to Portland State University Professor’s Rachel Sanders’ “White Privilege” course, “whiteness” must be dismantled if racial justice will ever be achieved.

The course description states that “whiteness is the lynchpin of structures of racial meaning and racial inequality in the United States” and claims that “to preserve whiteness is to preserve racial injustice.”

Students taking the course will “endeavor to make whiteness strange.” In order to make whiteness strange, the description says students must “interrogate whiteness as an unstable legal, political, social, and cultural construction.”

The course readings and concepts are drawn, in part, from the field of “critical race theory.” According toHarvard University, critical race theory “combine[s] progressive political struggles for racial justice with critiques of the conventional legal and scholarly norms which are themselves viewed as part of the illegitimate hierarchies that need to be changed.”

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Steve said...

First of all what the hekk is "whiteness"? Is it like "blackness" or "chineseness", or hispanicness"?

As if there is not enough racial strife to stir up, now we have yet another "raceness" to somehow "deal" with!



I guess anyone of any race is now guilty of being a racist whether they are or not.

Gosh, I'm sooooooo sorry!
For being born me.

I must now apologize for that, and so should you.
Let's all do it together with our AK's and 9mm's!

Or, we can do what we do every day of our lives; live and work together with our fellows in work and at play and have fun!

I will choose the latter, this "author" is insane.

Anonymous said...

This entire state has completely gone mad. What total rubbish!

Anonymous said...

Whiteness like Dick Cheney? Or Whiteness like Al Gore? Two ends of the Whiteness Spectrum. Wayne Brady is there too, his Whiteness bothers me a little. Most people don't fall into the an offensive Whiteness category. So this class must be about the select few a$$holes on the planet. What Gen. Ed. requirement does this fulfill? It would be entertaining to sit in the class for a week or even just see a syllabus.

Anonymous said...

Racial discrimination period...Attack and assault anyone who tries to push this racism.