Portland State University’s Rachel Sanders is a woman on a mission. In her course on “White Privilege,” Professor Sanders hopes to teach her students that America’s racial inequalities can never be sufficiently addressed as long as whiteness is a thing.
“Whiteness is the lynchpin of structures of racial meaning and racial inequality in the United States,” reads the course description, as reported by Campus Reform. “To preserve whiteness is to preserve racial injustice.”
PSU students who make the mistake of signing up for this class will learn why they must “endeavor to make whiteness strange” by investigating the many ways white people have ruined society.
This is not an academic pursuit limited to the northwest. Courses built on “critical race theory” can be found all over the country, indoctrinating students on white privilege, racism, and the glory of a multicultural America. Just this past January, Arizona State University announced a class called “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness,” taking students through a tour de force of books intended to “empower students to confront the difficult and often thorny issues that surround us today.”
Yes, it sounds very empowering, especially to white students. But who cares about them, anyway?
According to critical race theory, the solution to America’s racial problems lies not in forcibly leaving them behind. The solution lies in making white people understand how awful they are, hopefully to the point where they abandon their racial identity altogether. In a 2009 article out of The Atlantic, Christian Lander, a blogger who came up with a satirical site called Stuff White People Like, was already well on his way to accepting how pathetic white culture really is.
“As a white person, you’re just desperate to find something else to grab onto,” Lander said. “You’re jealous! Pretty much every white person I grew up with wished they’d grown up in, you know, an ethnic home that gave them a second language. White culture is Family Ties and Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses—like, this is white culture. This is all we have.”
You heard it here, folks. That’s all white people have ever offered the world. A couple of rock bands and an 80s sitcom. Gee, if someone had only pointed this out earlier, we could have eradicated white supremacy a long time ago! Thank you, black people, for giving us the United States of America! Thank you, Arabs, for giving us all of that relevant music we enjoy to this day! Thank you, Hispanics, for a long history of Hollywood entertainment! On behalf of white people everywhere, we apologize for our determined lack of creativity.
One question: when we’re the minority, do we get to make all of this noise about black privilege and the “problem with brownness?” Do we get to make snide remarks about the Hispanic hegemony? Just wondering. Best to know these things ahead of time.