A The University in the UK encourages students to take a four-hour course on white privilege, pronoun use and microaggression, and students who pass the course win a gold star.
Well, I know what you’re thinking: rewarding white people with gold stars for recognizing their privilege is strange, but let’s not be too quick to judge here. Sure, this could just be another exercise in performative allied and useless diversity training that barely scratches the surface of what white privileges actually are-or maybe not.
Are whites crazy too? Because when white people are mad at something to do with racial progress, at least I’m here to fill my white teardrop cup (yes, I have a whole cup) and quench my unprivileged Negro thirst.
However, according to Mail +, the course offered to students at the University of Kent (because Karen’s Learning Institution would have been too intrusive) is titled “Expect Respect” as it outlines “the behavior we have from you expect while you “re with us” and covered “issues of racism, bias, sexual harassment and consent”.
The course includes a white privilege quiz where students choose from a list of 13 examples of how white people benefit from being white.
The fact that there are only 13 options and only one needs to be selected makes these examples pretty darn good.
“I can swear or wear second-hand clothes without people attributing these decisions to bad morals, poverty or illiteracy of my race,” reported one of the quiz options.
OK. I mean, I didn’t know the second hand clothes thing was even a thing– especially by people who wouldn’t know what to wear on a casual day if it weren’t for dusty plaid shirts and 1983 Nikes – but the profanity thing is real. We all know that white people can flip the bird in a photo and see it as rebellious, good-natured fun, while a black person who does the same is a bully with no decency or self-respect who is likely just finished robbing someone .
Let’s see what else you have.
“I can go shopping without being followed or harassed.”
Yes, it’s a no-brainer.
“I can do well in a challenging situation without my race being honored.”
This does not only apply to success in a “challenging situation”. Whether they commit good or bad deeds, white people are always individuals first, while black people, especially when doing something negative, are almost always addressed as a collective.
Hell, we’re still collectively asked to answer for black-on-black crime and disproportionate black crime statistics, when the same databases white people use as their racism justification bibles to argue that per capita blacks are the most Committing crimes also shows that only a tiny percentage of blacks are arrested for violent crimes in any given year. But somehow I’m always asked what I’m doing with Chicago– a city I have only been to twice in my life.
According to Mail +, “the new course is not being well received by the university’s academic staff” and some call it “philistine,” which I suspect is a British white speech for “I’m not racist; you are the real racist because it declares racism. “
“I said I wouldn’t do it (add trigger warnings or decolonize reading lists) and I’m not going to tell students to do this module,” Ellie Lee, professor of family and parenting studies in Kent, reportedly said. “To encourage the people in the academy to limit their reading field and the reading comprehension of the students just seems to me to be stuffy and irresponsible. This module teaches the students that there is a correct way of thinking. “
Yes, it sounds like the course is really just asking that books by old white authors no longer be treated as if they were all high quality literature, whatever.
The University of Kent told Mail + in a statement: “We launched the Respect Respect module in 2020 in response to a request from our students to be more aware of the things we can all do for everyone to feel comfortable Feel safe and supported on our campus. It is also part of our broader commitment to make everyone who study and work with us inclusive and welcome. “
The university also said: “We want as many students as possible to take the module, but no one would be prosecuted for not doing so.”
So what do you all think of the course? Is it a step in the right direction or is it just another course on minimal activism?
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