We’ve heard of people giving up their careers to go be missionaries in third-world countries, to help the homeless, or even to pursue some dream they’ve harbored since childhood, but this has to be one of the dumbest reasons to “leave it all behind” that we’ve ever heard.
A professor at the University of Washington has quit her full-time career in academia to travel the country and write books that explain to white people why they should actually spend the majority of their time feeling really bad about themselves. And Robin DiAngelo, the author of a forthcoming book about a term she coined – “white fragility – is doing her part to make sure that they do.
DiAngelo, in case you had any doubt about it, is herself white.
She is also one of the primary contributors to the current academic view of racism that is less about each person as an individual and more about the whole of the white race. So, you know, thanks for that, Ms. DiAngelo.
“Mainstream dictionary definitions reduce racism to individual racial prejudice and the intentional actions that result,” she wrote in 2015. “The people that commit these intentional acts are deemed bad, and those that don’t are good. If we are against racism and unaware of committing racist acts, we can’t be racist; racism and being a good person have become mutually exclusive. But this definition does little to explain how racial hierarchies are consistently reproduced.”
Ah, remember those simpler times? When you could quite easily identify a racist by the fact that they were, in fact racist? Things were so much easier back then – not because white people were escaping some cosmic responsibility for their systemic privileges, but because it adhered to everything we know about logic and common sense. Of course, we now live in an era where you can find a liberal at every college who will tell you that things like logic, common sense, and even dictionaries are tools of the white supremacist patriarchy, so yeah. That’s now the deal.
And to put these lessons into context, let College Fix take you inside one of Robin DiAngelo’s recent lectures:
The white professor who quit her full-time position to tour the country, leading seminars on “white fragility,” asked for whites in the room to come forward.
About 15 people walked to the stage and each one read a quote from the projection screen that addressed their “internalized superiority,” “racial privilege” and other deficiencies as whites.
When they finished reading, the professor told the audience to “not clap” for the white people as they returned to their seats. She announced there would be no question-and-answer session.
Sounds like a hell of a time, so if you’re a white person who doesn’t feel enough guilt about your lucky breaks, check out DiAngelo’s lecture if it comes to a town near you. She’ll make sure you go back to your life with a newfound sense of worthlessness!
How this helps anything, we don’t know.