UW-Madison has a new course being offered in 2017, “African 405: The Problems of Whiteness” created and taught by Assistant Professor Damon Sajnani. This is not your typical professor, in a lot of instances we could probably be friends. He was a hip hop recording artist and a hip hop student/historian. He’s got dreads down to the floor and a challenger to the system. I respect all that and I bet he is a refreshing change of pace to the students as a lecturer. However, he is admitted FAR left of even our democrats and having a memorial photo of Fidel Castro as his facebook profile pic calling him, “the real most interesting man in the world”, says all I need to know about him. That’s where I jump ship.
The course description itself includes: -“Returns the problem of whiteness to white people. After all, since white supremacy was created by white people, is it not white folks who have the greatest responsibility to eradicate it?”…“with the problem properly in its place we will ask ourselves and our allies, what are we going to do with it?”, wait so being white, a feature about myself I have absolutely no control over makes me a problem?
-“It explores how they consciously and unconsciously perpetuate institutional racism”. Racism still exists undoubtedly but there is a very good argument to be made that institutionalized racism has all but been eradicated in today’s America except in small pockets and individuals.
-Last but not least, “What it means to be #woke, and consider the journal Race Traitor’s motto, ‘treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity’”. First, don’t use hashtags in a college course description it literally serves no purpose. Second, how did a journal entitled “Race Traitor” make it into a college course? Who approved this? Last, their motto, “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity”, are you kidding me!! How about loyalty to humanity by not encouraging separation and distinctions between different groups of people? That might be a good spot to start. How about loyalty to humanity by not encouraging what could be interpreted as violent acts, against an entire group of people. That might be a good spot to start.
The University of Wisconsin was good enough to release a statement about this class after state representative Dave Murphy, who is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, threatened to pull additional funding for next year if this course wasn’t removed, “If UW-Madison stands with this professor, I don’t know how the university can expect the taxpayers to stand with UW-Madison.”
Here’s some of what the Universities claims are:
- “The course title refers to the challenge of understanding white identity and non-white identity across the globe.” Umm… no it doesn’t. Did you read the title? IT’S CALLED THE PROBLEMS OF WHITENESS!! Don’t try and tell me this addresses equally issues of other races as well.
-“The course is a challenge and response to racism of all kinds.” Is it? Is it really? Then why isn’t it called the problems of racism?
-and that the course, “is not designed to offend individuals or single out an ethnic group.” Are we serious University of Wisconsin? How can you expect your students to do their homework if you don’t even do yours? I’m pretty sure this response was sent out by some hung over undergrad who was told to get something out ASAP and figured he could bullshit his way through it, never actually reading what the issue was about. “The problems of whiteness” is NOT designed to single out an ethnic group… Right, and our currency isn’t based off an unsustainable system.
If the end game here is to eradicate racism entirely, than creating a course in which even the title implies an inherent bias against one ethnic group, is walking completely backwards. I’m all for an open discussion about racism and even examining it based solely on ethnic boundaries but to focus a global history of ethnic based conflict solely on one race is in itself, racism. What UW is effectively doing by allowing this course IS institutionalizing racism.
The biggest mistake that the far left/SJW movement has made regarding this topic is conflating the definition of racism to mean something it doesn’t. Racism is nothing more and nothing less than believing one group is inferior to another based solely on their ethnicity. That’s it. There is no prerequisite for racism to be white and making racism something it isn’t is damaging all the progress the world has made over the last 100+ years.