Bad Whitey 101
In this space in the June issue, readers learned about a flock of students from the American Studies program at Randolph College who flapped off to the Chicken Ranch Brothel in Nevada to study the profundities of the cathouse. They also learned about yet another aesthete who believes emissions from the nether regions of the human anatomy constitute art. But these two contributions to the chronicles of the campus have nothing on the University of Delaware’s failed Residence Life Program. Whereas the other schools joined the culture war with attacks on erudition and art, UD is battling against the White Man—not that the other schools haven’t honed their ideological tomahawks to lift a white scalp or two.
UD’s Residence Life program for incoming students did not, as you might expect, confine itself to imparting lessons on the city’s bus system or hip restaurants and beer joints. Instead, it taught students what’s wrong with whitey.
Consider these excerpts from the program’s core document: “A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States. . . . By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites. . . . In the U.S., there is no such thing as ‘reverse racism.’
“A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face of racial oppression, and to shift responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called ‘blaming the victim’).”
Last year, when the university watchdog group FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) publicized this bizarre screed, UD’s president canceled the program. “While I believe that recent press accounts misrepresent the purpose of the residential life program at the University of Delaware,” he declaimed, “there are questions about its practices that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled. It is not feasible to evaluate these issues without a full and broad-based review.”
How one could “misrepresent” the purpose of the program is unimaginable, given the inflammatory and naked vitriol directed at palefaces. This is the key demographic group, of course, supporting the university through contributions. In any event, this past spring, a new, improved program rose from the ashes of the old one. The program plan published online does not include the words racist or racism or hate, or even the cosmically silly multicultural. Diversity shows up six times, which must be an all-time low for a document published by university eggheads.
What possessed UD’s administration to create such a program, and what did they hope to accomplish? Since it is whites who are promoting this nonsense, antiwhite racism doesn’t fully explain it. Rather, the “all-whites-are-racist” trope emerging from the First State’s phrontistery and other education factories is merely part of the radical left’s broader attack on Western culture and Christianity, which the left perceives as white racial artifacts impeding the imposition of leftist ideology on society. If all whites are racist, then so is Western civilization. And so, then, is Christianity itself.
Much of this racialism emerges from an ideology for which “race does not exist.” So, how can one destroy something that isn’t there?
Even leftist race deniers know that race exists. But leftism is inherently mendacious. Even worse, it is congenitally totalitarian and viciously anti-Christian. It has always sought to destroy the Church. The historical fact that Caucasian missionaries successfully proselytized the Faith, along with its artistic, musical, and literary riches, is why whites, at long last, are a preferred and open target in the left’s war on culture and religion.
So the charge of racism only superficially attacks whites and really strikes at Western culture and the Faith itself, for anything affiliated with the white man must also bear the mark of Cain with which the left has branded him.
—R. Cort Kirkwood
This article first appeared in the August 2008 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.