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Posted: 1/15/2006 7:17:56 AM EDT
White Studies Class

More indoctrination for those idiotic enough to actually attend such a Marxist class. The ability of some people to accept such self-loathing astounds me. They should tar and feather the teachers and ride them out of town on rails.


By Jennifer Brown
the Denver Post
Originally published January 15, 2006

People stare when University of Colorado student Maren Gauldin wears her "Black is Beautiful" T-shirt.

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That's because she's white.

The shirt, Gauldin says, is like a tag that forces her to engage in conversations about race, forces her to feel a tiny bit like black and Latino students on an overwhelmingly white campus.

"Every time I put it on, I feel uncomfortable," Gauldin told students at a white-privilege symposium last month that filled an auditorium and spilled into a hallway. "It helps me think about the kind of activist I want to be."

The symposium was part of an introspective look by white Colorado University scholars and students at the privileges they say are automatically afforded to white people.

Awareness of the relatively new field, called whiteness studies, is building as universities examine their diversity and racial strife.

The field of study - by some accounts born 10 years ago at a conference at the University of California, Berkeley and now taught at hundreds of universities - has its critics, who call it white-bashing rhetoric that shows how far academia has strayed from mainstream society.

"Whiteness studies is not about white-bashing, and it's not about white supremacy," said Duncan Rinehart, who will teach the fourth whiteness-studies course at Colorado this semester.

"As long as whiteness is invisible, it's contributing to inequality and injustice. There is a fair amount of just flat-out denial, not malicious, but denial nonetheless."

Feminist scholar Peggy McIntosh, whose essay on white privilege is often required reading for students in whiteness studies, defines it as an "invisible weightless knapsack."

"I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious," she says.

The growing discussion of white privilege at the Colorado school has attracted some negative response, and the attacks have spilled into the university's examination of its lack of diversity.

The European/American Issues Forum - an organization that says it is not white supremacist but stands up for white rights - has e-mailed a couple dozen student leaders and filed three open-records requests with CU interim President Hank Brown asking for university expenses on ethnic clubs. One e-mail included statistics of crimes against whites by blacks.

The group's president, Louis Calabro, also has demanded a representative of European-American rights on CU's 44-member, blue-ribbon diversity panel.

Calabro, a 73-year-old retired San Francisco police lieutenant, found out about the white-privilege symposium on the Internet and was incensed. He said CU has created a culture of white guilt by teaching that "everybody else are the victims, and we're the perps."

"The University of Colorado has a campus that's hostile to European-American white people," he said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups, has had Calabro on its radar for years, said deputy director Heidi Beirich. But the European/American Issues Forum has not crossed the line from representing the rights of whites to hating other races, Beirich said.

Student-government leaders say they are trying to ignore Calabro.

"We were getting a lot of types of these crazy e-mails," said Stephen Fenberg, chief of staff for the student union. "They were on Web sites discussing the issue, saying [white privilege] is this liberal idea that doesn't really exist."

Fenberg said he can define whiteness studies - proof, he says, that the campus is awakening to the concept.

Some complaints center on a fear that the University of Colorado will push toward stronger affirmative-action policies to recruit more black and Latino students, who represent 1.5 percent and 5.8 percent of the student body, respectively.

Hundreds of universities across the country offer whiteness-studies courses, estimates Jeff Hitchcock, executive director of the Center for Study of White American Culture, which alerts visitors to its Web site that it's not a white-supremacist group.

The New Jersey-based center tries to debunk the only two views in the United States concerning whiteness - either as white supremacist or color blindness, a belief that whites have no race and therefore don't need to worry about it, Hitchcock said.

Outside of academia, not many have heard of whiteness studies, said Matthew Spalding, director of the Center for American Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He called it an abstract, "invalid category of education" based on the "assumption that you should teach according to racial categories."

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:18:51 AM EDT
you have got to be shitting me
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:20:36 AM EDT
You know how much this surprises me?

Not at all.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:24:56 AM EDT
FUCK FUCK FUCK....

I moved from the PROC to get away from fuck balls like this....

If they start coming out of the woodwork here and fuck up this state...I'm gonna be one pissed off SOB.

Christ almighty, no matter what color religion or whatever you are, study and work hard, excell in whatever profession you want to go into, don't talk like a thug or gangter (i.e. don't use words in conversation such as in my first three sentences in professional settings), be honest with your employer and clients, and follow the rules and laws....AND YOU WILL SUCCEED.

What is so hard about that?

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:31:19 AM EDT
As long as whiteness is invisible...
Wait, but I thought if you weren't racist you didn't really notice/care?
You know, like it matters as much as hair color?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:33:02 AM EDT

Retarded.


Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:45:29 AM EDT


"Is white guilt supposed to make me forget I'm running a business?"
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 7:48:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2006 8:14:41 AM EDT by bfieldburt]
Political Correctness is all about everyone that opposses it feeling bad about themselves, their religion, their history, their opinions etc....

This is "education" Siberian camp style.

Anyone who subjects him or herself to this is morally and mentally weak.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups, has had Calabro on its radar for years, said deputy director Heidi Beirich.


And the SPLC borders on being a hategroup itself (of course they don't see it that way...that would require introspection, not blame, God forbid). Any group that continually demonizes anyone because of their skin color ( i..e...white people) is a hategroup based on their own definition.

Intelligent black and white people (or whomever) reject this kind of stupidity.
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Hundreds of universities across the country offer whiteness-studies courses, estimates Jeff Hitchcock, executive director of the Center for Study of White American Culture, which alerts visitors to its Web site that it's not a white-supremacist group.

The New Jersey-based center tries to debunk the only two views in the United States concerning whiteness - either as white supremacist or color blindness, a belief that whites have no race and therefore don't need to worry about it, Hitchcock said.



And this is the kind of craziness that you get into because of "black studies programs". If you have black studies programs then you should have white studies also. It is only fair. But... Why do we need to have either? What ever happened to the idea of all being Americans? I'll tell you what happened to it. Again, Political Correctness. Political Correctness seeks to pit groups against each other with the overall aim of destroying the target culture.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 8:05:25 AM EDT
This is my favorite:

People stare when University of Colorado student Maren Gauldin wears her "Black is Beautiful" T-shirt.
That's because she's white.



Well, not quite....it's because she is an idiot.




The shirt, Gauldin says, is like a tag that forces her to engage in conversations about race, forces her to feel a tiny bit like black and Latino students on an overwhelmingly white campus.



"The conversations mostly consist of "Ya wanna huk up 2nite? U R not a haterz R U?"
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 8:07:58 AM EDT
OK, because I'm white, I'm guilty of racism.

In that case, I'm going to be the very best racist I can be!
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 8:09:10 AM EDT
Do minorities honestly believe that all white people are "privileged" and get breaks with everything in life? Or is it just activists who make that claim because these days they have less and less tangible evidence to blame people's failures on?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 8:38:21 AM EDT
Could you imagine if they filmed a sketch for the Dave Chapelle show at one of these classes?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 8:59:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:05:48 AM EDT
wow, this is the height of white liberal self-loathing.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:06:15 AM EDT
Speachless... WTF?!?!?!
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:10:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2006 10:22:31 AM EDT by drjarhead]

Originally Posted By Fourays2:
wow, this is the height of white liberal self-loathing.



+1

Just one step closer....


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They won't stop, ever, until we kick their ass.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:19:54 AM EDT
so if i wear my i love mullets shirt out, im not making fun of mullets. im inviting discussion of hairstyles?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:24:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:26:22 AM EDT
Think that's bad?

They're even teaching this white guilt trip thing to 1st graders...

Link...

(language warning)
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:32:24 AM EDT
There is no inequity, all the races are treated equally with our society, stupid liberals, wasting their time studying these issues which don't exist.

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:35:33 AM EDT
Im so sick of all these white apologist, PC, socialist commies.

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:42:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KNYTE:
Do minorities honestly believe that all white people are "privileged" and get breaks with everything in life? Or is it just activists who make that claim because these days they have less and less tangible evidence to blame people's failures on?


Yah, where has my white privilege been all my life? It didn't help me graduate from high school, didn't help me get into and graduate from college, didn't help me get any jobs. WTF? I've had to work for everything in my life, just like everyone else. Go ask poor white people how that "white privilege" is working out for them? The only privilege in life is money. If you're born into wealth then you have privilege. Otherwise you have to work your ass off for what you have.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:49:30 AM EDT
This country will be better off when kids go to school, not to think about what kind of activist they can be, but to, oh, let's say, LEARN STUFF SO THEY CAN GET A GOOD JOB!!!!
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:00:42 AM EDT
You mean you guys don't get your check from "The Man" every month. Mine comes in an envelope with the best job listings, the secret white code for better cuts of meat at the grocery store and the password for the best jobs.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:11:27 AM EDT
this is another example of why our country is going to shitt, with all the political correctness, reverse racism, feel good, liberal bullshitt. Sad, but if one speaks up now, against anything he/she is a racist. Well I will be fair and just hate everyone.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:18:00 AM EDT
Man.....Colorado is turning into a shithole.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:23:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Nephilim:
Man.....Colorado is turning into a shithole.



Yeah, I was talking about that with my wife earlier. WTF is that all about?
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:42:36 AM EDT
I always thought our main culture was freedom. You really don't have the freedom to be black or white any more than you do to be short or tall......although some people would have you believe otherwise.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:44:40 AM EDT
Whatever.

I'll start feeling guilty about being a white dude when the black dudes start feeling guilty about making my dick look small.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 10:57:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TacticalMan:

Feminist scholar Peggy McIntosh, whose essay on white privilege is often required reading for students in whiteness studies, defines it as an "invisible weightless knapsack."

"I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious," she says.




My invisible knapsack is filled with invisible $20, $50 and $100 bills. I'm pretty sure if I look hard enough I'll find my invisible deed to my 1000 acreas in "hookers and blow" county.

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:28:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2006 11:41:12 AM EDT by SpecialOperator]
CU student weighing in here...

I'm white.

There is, without question, a pervasive air of "white guilt" on this campus. My english literature class was a prime example last semester. The professor (white female) harangued the class about how minorities have been put down and shunned from this campus, referring to a handful of racist e-mails send to some minority students in the school. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of activists like her in this town. The idea is, if you have something good it must have come at the expense of a minority.

These racist (and sometimes threatening) e-mails came in a salvo near the beginning of the year. Oh, and someone painted a swastika on a park bench. The past few months on campus have been marked by multiple student demonstrations demanding everything from a required "diversity class" to a committee that investigates and seeks prosecution for "hate speech". The latter is now a reality.

My opinion is that this entire Charlie Foxtrot is blown far out of proportion. I have black friends and THEY think it's overblown. Granted, if someone calls you a "monkey nigger" and threatens you in an e-mail, you shouldn't just let it go, but you shouldn't cry out that the entire campus is racist and call for more "education" of white students. If someone says something about you that you think is wayyy out of line, you break his jaw. Simple. Don't drag the rest of us into it.

And there's a very obvious reason that CU has a low minority population. COLORADO IS MAJORITY WHITE! People reference the <2% black population like it's obviously a sign of a racist admissions office. Give me a break.

And what about this white privilege bs? When I was applying to schools, I got higher grades, had better extracurriculars, and better interviews that some of my minority friends, and yet they got into "better" schools AND got scholarships! White privilege is the most ridiculous idea I've ever heard. Someone earlier put it best - the only privilege is money. If only I had more of it.

If you have any sort of common sense and decency, you know what is right and wrong. You don't need some professor with a Ph.D in underwater basket weaving to tell you how to interact with people.

They say Boulder is twenty-five square miles surrounded by reality, and they're right.


Great, you guys have angried up my blood. I'm gonna go shooting.



Link Posted: 1/15/2006 11:31:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TacticalMan:
"Every time I put it on, I feel uncomfortable," Gauldin told students at a white-privilege symposium last month that filled an auditorium and spilled into a hallway. "It helps me think about the kind of activist I want to be."



I feel pretty uncomfortable, too, when I get all gussied up in my Klan bedsheets, and wander around Bethune-Cookman, or Florida A&Ms campus on my days off.

(Sarcasm, for those who can't discern.)
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 12:36:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SpecialOperator:

And there's a very obvious reason that CU has a low minority population. COLORADO IS MAJORITY WHITE! People reference the <2% black population like it's obviously a sign of a racist admissions office. Give me a break.





If the university has fewer than 2% black students, the fact that Colorado as a state has almost 4% blacks might be what is bothering people.

However, none of that is really relevant unless one knows the percentages that APPLIED to the university, and whether or not the acceptance rate for blacks was the same as acceptance rates for white (controlling for scholastic skill, of course).

My guess is that few black kids apply to Colorado, and if anything, the acceptance rates are probably higher for blacks than for white.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 12:40:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KNYTE:
Do minorities honestly believe that all white people are "privileged" and get breaks with everything in life? Or is it just activists who make that claim because these days they have less and less tangible evidence to blame people's failures on?



Not all minorities, just most. Our own government is at fault and has perpetuated this sense of entitlement within minorities, mostly black, and has convinced probably 30-40% of our population that the key to life is to sit on your ass, hold out your hand, and blame your shortcomings on everyone but yourself----especially white collar white men. For the government, it is too late, they can't go back now----or they don't have the stomach to. As I have said before, I work for one of the largest companies in the medical field, and just last summer a group of "African-American" employees raised a big enough stink about not being represented fairly, they forced our company to support and pay for a black employees national sales meeting! WTF? This is one of the many fronts where our country is allowing itself to erode. Oh well, I guess I'm just a racist.

Blake

Blake
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 12:45:44 PM EDT
Ya know, I never even had a CONCEPT of race until I was about fourteen or fifteen. Until then I thought skin color, etc. was just something like having different colored hair or eyes. It was only because everyone else made such a big deal about it that I even began thinking in terms of "race" instead of just different people. This saddens me.

It also pisses me off when people call me an anglo because I'm (mostly) white. I don't have a drop of anglo in me, unless maybe you go back to about a two thousand years ago. But thanks for stereotyping me, assholes.
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 1:58:21 PM EDT
CU - home of Ward Churchill

www.pirateballerina.com

Entire campus if full of these nuts...
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