Community college to devote entire month to ‘whiteness (shaming)’

Community college to devote entire month to ‘whiteness (shaming)’

At first blush, the project — which is called “Whiteness History Month” — almost sounds like something positive.

Then you notice that the first word in the name is whiteness, not white. Wherein lies the first clue that the month-long “educational project” to be conducted at Portland Community College in Sylvania, Ore., is not a celebration of an ethnic group but a condemnation.

Via Campus Reform:

“‘Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change’ is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins, and heritage,” PCC states on its website. “Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.”

The WHM site makes clear that the project is not a “celebratory endeavor” like heritage months, but is rather “an effort to change our campus climate” by “[challenging] the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness.” (“Challenging the master narrative,” PCC explains, “is a strategy within higher education that promotes multicultural education and equity.”)

The idea is the brainchild of PCC’s Cascade Campus Diversity Council, which found “evidence from hiring data, student-­led research, surveys, focus groups, college-wide emails, and other sources” of “the underlying reality of whiteness embedded in the overall college climate.” This discovery prompted a need for “intentional action” that would “create a nationally renowned culture for diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

A question that no one at PCC, or for that matter any of the other universities that are giving into demands that they curtail their white ways, is what happens after whites become a minority. No less an advocate for equality than multi-millionaire filmmaker Spike Lee salivated at a November 2015 awards ceremony over the prospect that whites will be a minority by 2043. Once that happens, does the need for diversity end? Do whites receive any standing at all in the community, or do they simply get kicked to the curb as “payback” for their sins, real or imagined?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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