Academics at CRT Symposium Address the Most Toxic Current Affairs Issue: Whiteness

Is diversity of thought an outcome of white supremacy? This is the view of one university professor. According to Campus Reform, academics gathered recently for a symposium about Critical Race Theory (CRT). It was hosted by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) and held at Indiana University-Purdue in Indianapolis between May 31 and June 2.

The CRSEA website describes its mission as follows:

We are dedicated to (1) combating structural and systemic racism through the use of scholarship and practice, (2) recognizing the numerous places of oppression and the many manifestations and consequences of their intersections, and (3) creating the knowledge necessary to facilitate collective power to transform community and school settings.

At the gathering, the instructors talked about the most harmful of contemporary issues: whiteness.

According to a Campus Reform observer, a California college instructor slammed the door on the discussion. “Whiteness has already been constructed against blackness. There is no virtue in whiteness, it is inherently violent,” one attendee tweeted, referring to a talk by Michael Dumas, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who spoke at the conference.

“Whiteness and the United States knows itself through the violence and death of the subordinated,” one of the conference attendees reported Dumas as saying. Another of the academics who attended the conference noted that Dumas declared there “is no position of whiteness that isn't already violent.”

CR tweeted remarks by the professor in the same vein; however, the tweets seem to have been removed or made private. Dumas is a notable example, having shared similar views in the past in tweets, claiming that “whiteness” is “violent and delusional, delighting in Black death in every historical moment” and at the conference reiterating that “there will never be anything close to justice in the U.S. because the system is built upon violence.”

The outlet relays a second description made by Indiana University-Purdue Professor James Scheurich, who purportedly claimed “research” is a “colonial, white supremacist, elite process.”

Here's more: Professor Theodorea Berry suggested that “some people need to be slapped into wokeness.” Berry stated to Campus Reform that the “notion of being ‘slapped into wokeness' is one where an individual comes to gain [a] level of understanding about others' oppression by experiencing oppression,” declaring that this can be “especially true for those socially marginalized” individuals “who subscribe to respectability politics… The proverbial ‘slap' is the incident of marginalization,” she said. “The ‘wokeness' is the realization that regardless of your privilege, marginalization can occur.”

One of the attendees, a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago, concluded her session with a comment that she was “happy” since she’d managed to gather “a few white tears.”

The most famous quotation from the conference belonged to University of Illinois at Chicago Professor David Stovall, who reportedly criticized “diversity of opinion” as “white supremacist bull****.” The man also claimed, “White tears are an act of physical and political violence.”

It seems that wokeness is the Windex doing its work on whiteness, but is it possible to remove it? Schools are definitely trying: “White College Professor Fights the Lie–and the ‘Disease' of Whiteness,” “Professor Suggests ‘Reregulation' to Help White People End Their Racist Violence,” “Politics Science: Academia Challenge the ‘Whiteness' in Physics Introductory,” “Professor Tells Audience We're ‘Dying of Whiteness,'” “Southerners Prefer Death over Helping Black People,” “Reported: BYU Professor Orders Students to Take Photos of Their Campus ‘Whiteness,’” “You're Entitled to Your Privilege: Southern University Launches ‘White Student Accountability Group.”'

Those on the left side of the aisle argue that whiteness is the reason for this world being a disaster. If you feel that’s correct, don't fret–more than just teachers are taking turns at it. MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd looks to be in the same boat as Professor David Stovall. He's protested against the supremacy of white speech

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