Even as state lawmakers try to eliminate racist courses from public schools, Arizona State University is offering a racist class of their own. Entitled “Studies in American Literature/Culture: U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness,” the class uses books like Everyday Language of White Racism to indoctrinate students into the foundation of liberalism.
According to ASU, the course is intended to “encourage students to examine how people talk about – or avoid talking about – race in the contemporary United States.” A student named Lauren Clark said in an interview with Fox and Friends that “having a class that suggests an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and quite frankly counterproductive.”
This is the state of education in Obama’s America. Instead of students learning about science and math in their university classes or perhaps taking some courses on business administration, they are learning about the “problem of whiteness.” Perhaps they could eradicate this class and replace it with one that teaches students how to avoid going into debt. Or one that teaches them how to succeed despite the fact that the world is cold, unforgiving, and often quite difficult. A class like this teaches nothing. It encourages students to abandon tangible dreams in favor of a lifestyle of blame, whining, and slacktivism.
That the course is being taught by a white professor named Lee Bebout is just another dollop of hilarious irony. Of course it is. Who else could teach such a class other than a white liberal, stinking of guilt for things that happened before his grandfather was born?
James Malone, an economics major at ASU, told Campus Reform that the class was representative of a “significant double standard.” Malone said, “They would never allow a class talking about the problem of ‘blackness.’ And if they did, there would be an uproar about it. But you can certainly harass people for their apparent whiteness.”
Of course, you can, Mr. Malone! White people fall into the three open-season subjects of liberal criticism. If you want to attack someone, just make sure they belong to one of those three groups: Whites, Americans (in regards to foreign policy), or conservatives. As long as they do, you’re in the clear! Attack away.
But the real problem with a class like this is not because it’s a double-standard. The theoretical “problem of blackness” class would be just as bad. We’re never going to get anywhere as a nation if we keep harping on these racial divisions. A man does not stand for his entire race, whether he’s white, black, or purple. The sins of your ancestors are not yours to own. The glories of your ancestors, likewise, are not your triumphs. And there will never be a perfect nation, where everyone gets along and no one is ever judged by the color of their skin. The good news: it doesn’t matter! Slavery is over. Segregation is over. A black man is in the White House. The American Dream is alive and well. Quit complaining, stop crying, and go out and get your piece. If you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself.
It’s really that simple, and ASU should be ashamed of teaching anything else.