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Culture Education Political Correctness

University Textbook: Capitalism Causes Poverty; American ‘Exceptionalism’ is Racist

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Students in a sociology class at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) are required to read a textbook that blames poverty on capitalism and claims that teaching American exceptionalism has “racist overtones.”

The textbook, titled In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society, is required reading for a Principles of Sociology class (S161) at IPFW taught by Robert Pettit, which qualifies as a 3-credit general education requirement and is an introductory course for sociology majors.

Not only does the book tell readers that teaching American exceptionalism has “racist overtones,” but also insists that America’s emphasis on equality is inconsistent with its practices, and even claims that “the basic tenet of capitalism—who gets what is determined by private profit rather than by collective need—explains the persistence of poverty.”

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“North Americans have always placed high value on the equality of all people…this value is impossible to reconcile with the racist, sexist, homophobic, and superiority theories held by some individuals and groups,” the text reads.

It continues that equality cannot be reconciled with…

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