Why College Educators Who Care about Critical Thinking Need to Pay Attention to White Privilege and the Tucson Unified School District

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  1. jeffdowd says:

    I wonder how much presentation and pedagogy within the classroom can make up for these kinds of assumptions. For example, I teach an American social problems course – much of which deals with race, class, gender, and sexuality – which I imagine a student could interpret as “diversity” issues. I have never run across the sentiment you describe but from your essay and speaking with others I know it is out there. So, I do a few things I hope ameliorate the problem.

    On the first day I have students tell me what they consider important social problems. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic inequality always come up. I use the examples to define what make something a social problem. In doing so I locate the assumptions in American ideology – citing the Declaration of Independence, the belief in equal opportunity, show them polls about American values etc. Doing so pulls these problems out of the realm of “special interests” as they are so often referred to and centers them more firmly as general interests (as students typically understand it – i.e. American).

    Later, I point out that “diversity” is not a problem. Diversity is often a comfortable word that University Presidents and the like use to avoid talking about inequality and having to say words like “privilege” and “oppression” – which are the things that violate our shared values.

  2. Tremley says:

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  3. John Sawyer says:

    Tremley: your comment is the first where I’ve heard anyone suggest that there’s some kind of massive open conspiracy to “solve the race problem” by getting millions of non-whites to move into “white countries”. And what is a “white country”?

    The color of one’s skin has no intrinsic value or negative–for instance, white skin doesn’t understand and carry out the principles of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, or understand the theory of relativity, or make a pancake, better than non-white skin. And, in science, the colors of our skin aren’t defined as “races”, so there’s no such thing as a mixed race child. So nobody should have any concern over what shade of skin one’s descendants will have–it won’t mean a darn thing one way or the other about their skills, worthiness, etc. Probably less than a million years ago, white skin among hominids was unheard of, unless one was an albino.

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