CU Denver ethnic studies class: ‘educating for racial justice.’
In March, I wrote on the “American Political Thought” course offered by the political science department at the University of Colorado Denver that deliberately removed all white males and their contributions from the curriculum, instead focusing on “voices from the margins.”
The trend of anti-white “wokeness” at CU Denver continued this semester. This spring, its ethnic studies department offered a course called
“Problematizing Whiteness: Educating for Racial Justice.”
The syllabus, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, spells out its details.
“The study of whiteness has always sought to challenge racism, racial privilege, white supremacy, and colorblind racism. However, to overindulge in the spectacle of ‘white racial epiphanies’ overlooks the ongoing work whites must do to participate in racial justice,”it states.
“Beyond the feel-good of momentary White racial awareness lurk enormous concerns about how to continually examine Whiteness in order to uphold antiracism, moreover the fruition of a more racially just society.”
Its instructor, Associate Professor Cheryl Matias, said in an email to The College Fix that whiteness is a term often misunderstood.
“Whiteness is not about culture or white skin as your question presumes,”said Matias, who includes in her email signature the moniker “Motherscholar.”
“Any job that respects diversity and people.”Matias responded, when asked what kind of prospective career path her course prepares students
“Before judging a book by its cover, they should take the course and learn first.”With regard to the charge that Matias’s course only further provokes racial divides in society, she responded:
According to the syllabus, during “Problematizing Whiteness,” one of the essential objectives is for students to understand “whiteness” is not restricted to actually being a white-skinned person, and instead it is a set of beliefs, characteristics, values and norms that determine somebody’s “whiteness.”
This is echoed in the course readings, which includes such texts as
“White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism,”
“Black Bodies, White Gazes,” “White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism”and
“Handbook of Social Justice in Education.”
In addition, some of the required items of reading are Professor Matias’s own work, which includes publications such as:
“And our Feelings Just Don’t Feel it Anymore”: Re-Feeling Whiteness, Resistance, and Emotionality.
Loving whiteness to death: Sadomasochism, Emotionality, and the Possibility of Humanizing Love.
White Skin, Black Friend: A Fanonian Application to Theorize Racial Fetish in Teacher Education.
“Why do you make me hate myself?”: Re-teaching Whiteness, Abuse, and Love in Urban Teacher Education.
On the “Flip” Side: A Teacher Educator of Color Unveiling the Dangerous Minds of White Teacher Candidates.
The syllabus is from 2016 but Matias declined an opportunity to spell out to The College Fix any updates or changes it has undergone in recent years.
Read full article: University offers ‘Problematizing Whiteness’ course | The College Fix
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