The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a class next year called “The Problem of Whiteness.”
The course objectives, according to an online overview, are to teach students “what it really means to be white” in order to help them “understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”
The course description also claims that dismantling white supremacy is the responsibility of white people, explaining that white students will learn “how they consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism” and how this affects not only “communities of color,” but also oppresses “most white folks” based on class and gender distinctions.
“After all, since white supremacy was created by white people, is it not white folks who have the greatest responsibility to eradicate it?” the summary asks. “In this class, we will ask what an ethical white identity entails, what it means to be #woke, and consider the journal Race Traitor’s motto, ‘treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.’”
The Spring 2017 course, which satisfies the university’s eth…
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