American Proscenium

Bad Whitey 101, Second Semester

The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development has declared that all prospective teachers must be taught that some teachers are too white, too rich, too privileged, and too oppressive.

This announcement recalls the shenanigans at the University of Delaware, reported in these pages last year.  The students there were being taught that all whites are racist and that nonwhites cannot be racist.  They also learned that reverse racism is “a term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege,” while “non-racist” is a

non-term . . . 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”).

Patrons of the university learned that Delaware is a nonschool where nonteachers impart a noneducation to nonstudents, and if the efforts of Minnesota’s “Teacher Education Redesign Initiative,” crafted by its Race, Culture, Class, and Gender Task Group, are any indication, that university is another academic nonentity as well.

The initiative’s working paper, submitted last July, begins with quotations “that voice the expressions of others in order to emphasize the real experiences of how cultural diversity lives and...

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