‘American Political Thought’ course includes no political thought from white men

‘American Political Thought’ course includes no political thought from white men
Dead white male authors of the Federalist Papers. James Madison; John Jay; Alexander Hamilton. Wikipedia. By (Madison) John Vanderlyn - Ths White House Historical Association. the painting is in the White House collection[1], Public Domain, Link By (Jay) Gilbert Stuart - The National Gallery of Art, Public Domain, Link By (Hamilton) John Trumbull - dwEqB1Eg2s_kpw at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, Link

[Ed. – So basically, it’s not actually American Political Thought. It’s Somebody’s Arbitrary List of Favorite Political Writings.  Which, as the author suggests, is fine — but don’t bill it in the course catalogue as a core Poli Sci course surveying American Political Thought.]

Professor Chad Shomura explained to the students in the room that most traditional “American Political Thought” courses are too focused on the achievements of white men.

As a consequence, he told us he had removed every single white male and their theoretical perspectives from the entire course curriculum.

This is echoed in the syllabus:

“This course aims to develop an understanding of American political life from the margins. Rather than surveying traditional figures of American political thought, it attends to historically marginalized voices at the crossings of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. It explores issues such as intersectionality, antiblack racism and the American Dream, ordinary life, borderlands and migration, public feelings, mental health, and settler colonialism. …

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My disappointment and frustration at this narrow view led me to drop the course after just the first day.

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