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"Like White On Rice": Liberals Offer "Whiteness Studies" as a Solution to Racism
Jewish World Review ^ | 6/24/03 | Michael Graham

Posted on 06/26/2003 5:24:45 PM PDT by suspects

["It's a great advance to start looking at whiteness as a group." — Professor Howard Winant on "whiteness studies."]

Believe it or not, but at universities across America, there are liberal professors trying to talk me, Michael Graham, into becoming a racist — and they think you should be one, too.

Don't laugh. OK, go ahead and laugh, but some very earnest people are sincere in their belief that white Americans need to learn to love our inner honkeys.

Last week's Washington Post fronted a feature on "whiteness studies," a new movement on college campuses teaching white people to become more focused on race. Howard Winant, a white professor of sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a strong proponent of whiteness studies told the Post: "Historically, it has been common to see whites as a people who don't have a race." He thinks this is a bad thing.

He's not alone. More than 20 major universities from UMass to UCLA offer whiteness studies, yet not one of these courses addresses golf, NASCAR or the social significance of cream of mushroom soup.

There's even a "Center For The Study of White America" in that Confederate enclave of New Jersey. Its director, Jeff Hitchcock, believes the road to racial harmony is through more racism and he wants his fellow Caucasians to "embrace their own culture while abandoning the privileges that come with it."

C'mon, white people — you know the privileges he's talking about: The reserved parking at Starbucks, the discounts on Wonder bread and mayonnaise, free long-distance on all calls to Utah. And all those free, short-sleeve, button-down shirts. Ah, the good life!

According to the Associated Press, Jeff Hitchcock is "an avowed anti-racist -- a diversity consultant who has been married for more than 15 years to a black woman and argues strongly for the United States as a multiracial melting pot." His wife, professor Charley Flint, explains the goal of "Whiteness Studies" succinctly: "We want to racialize whites. How can you build a multiracial society if one of the groups is white and it doesn't identify itself as a race?" [emphasis added]

And these people are "anti-racists?" That's like giving away loaded pistols and calling yourself "pro-gun control."

If it seems bizarre that the same liberals who once fought the good fight against segregation are now pushing "whiteness studies" and racially segregated dorms at Ivy League schools, you've missed one of the major ideological shifts in recent times: the "Redneckification" of the American Left. The concept of "whiteness studies" is anathema to supporters of integration and a colorblind, merit-based society. But liberals have abandoned even the pretense of such beliefs. Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger, defending race-based college admissions, dismisses the very notion of colorblindness as "completely novel and unprecedented" and opposed to "what's good for society."

Oh, yes, those dangerously novel, unprecedented ideas like individual merit and achievement. President Bollinger would rather go back to the tried and true precedents of Jim Crow, only with a different set of racial winners and losers. Thankfully, the Supreme Court this week indicated we're not headed back in that direction.

There are some of us who are just crazy enough to think that America's worst moments have come when we treated people differently based on their skin color. I'll even go so far as to suggest that increasing racial obsession makes it harder to create a unified America, one based on shared values that transcend skin color.

But, hey — I'm no college professor. What do I know? Elite intellectuals at Columbia and Princeton tell me that we should treat people differently based on race, that skin color does determine behavior — who am I to argue? I just wish we had the technology to send President Bollinger and the "Whiteness Studies" crowd back to the Civil Rights era, so they could tell the Freedom Riders to go home. They could explain to Dr. King why southern whites agitating for "white identity" in "white citizens' committees" were right all along. Think of all the time and trouble it would have saved America.

Once, in my rural, southern high school, an indignant classmate, angered by some comment I made, asked me, "Aren't you proud to be white?" I was taken aback. Quite honestly, it had never occurred to me that I ought to be. Later, as a stand-up comedian, I got in an argument with black comedian about why every white person should be ashamed of his race. Once again, the thought hadn't crossed my mind.

Why would I be proud of my pigment? Why should I believe I have some significant bond with a stranger merely because we're both pale, vulnerable to skin cancer and really bad dancers?

Instead of creating ever more communities of color, as the "whiteness studies" crowd hopes to do, why can't we stick with a single community of ideas? I am a proud member of that community already. It's called America. Anyone who can grasp, agree with and defend the ideas of liberty, equality and justice that our nation was founded on (and continues to seek imperfectly many years later) can be an American.

And being an American is, for me, sufficient. At times, it almost seems a luxury.


Michael Graham is the author of REDNECK NATION: How The South Really Won The War. (Warner Books, 2002)

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diversity; education; educrats; liberalism; multiculturalism; racism; whitenessstudies
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1 posted on 06/26/2003 5:24:46 PM PDT by suspects
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To: suspects
Whiteness?? Whiteness?

Ok, is someone trying to flame an encourage a race war or something?

Has there been and AWFUL lot of race propaganda lately or what?

Does someone think a race war will help Sharpton get elected?

And, to any homeschool moms surfing in, can you homeschool college? After all the PC, Sex, and now whiteness classes I've seen, I think I want to homeschool college.
2 posted on 06/26/2003 5:32:03 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: suspects
White pride, brother.
3 posted on 06/26/2003 5:37:13 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: suspects
Is there any chance they are going to offer a course called, "Whitey Can & Will Pay"?

This is just a bunch of bulls**t... well, I guess it isn't. Bulls**t will actually help flowers grow. This will not help anything grow except more racial hatred.

4 posted on 06/26/2003 5:38:22 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: suspects
Does this mean I can be Caucasian again?
5 posted on 06/26/2003 5:38:35 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: suspects
I don't have reserved parking at Starbucks, I don't get a discount on wonder bread and I don't make free long distance calls to Utah because I don't know anyone in Utah!

So, I ask you this....does this take away from my "Whiteness"?
6 posted on 06/26/2003 5:52:00 PM PDT by Arpege92
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To: Always Right
This load of s.... about white studies confirms my long held belief that the colleges and universities of this nation have finally reached the load limit for crackpots. What in the hell will these worthless professors pull off next? I am glad I graduated from college years ago. At least back in the 1950s we had some sensible people teaching young people.
7 posted on 06/26/2003 5:52:55 PM PDT by daddypatriot
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To: TomGuy
It may turn out that I am very wrong on this point, but I can only imagine the purpose of these courses is to teach white wrongness and white guilt. I hope that I am wrong.
8 posted on 06/26/2003 6:01:51 PM PDT by just mimi
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To: suspects
Hillary's back fence neighbor at her Whatehaven Manse is the Dutch Embassy. Eurpoeans who wear wooden shoes, can her neighborhood get any whiter than that?
9 posted on 06/26/2003 6:08:40 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: just mimi
Nope, that's exactly what they are for.

It's sad because I don't have a real issue with individual classes that cover the history of Asians in America, or West Indian immigrants. These are all part of history, but the fact is ethnic studies departments(as opposed to regional or real cultural studies like Russian/East European Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies) are nothing but bastions of leftist thought and anti-white propaganda.

Typically, whiteness studies ARE designed to surreptitiously elicit feelings of guilt. Though people are descended from all parts of Europe and elsewhere, these classes will focus on whites as oppressors, if cloaking the language while doing so.
10 posted on 06/26/2003 6:09:29 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: suspects

I am a person of whiteness.

White is beautiful.
11 posted on 06/26/2003 6:19:18 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: just mimi
No, you are correct! Caught a little of this BS on O'Reilly.
The professor was saying just that if I am not mistaken.
Whites have to face up to the privileges they have been given etc. I think that was the drift. Who creates and then OKs these courses?
12 posted on 06/26/2003 6:22:28 PM PDT by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: daddypatriot
This is great! New hope for the stupid!
13 posted on 06/26/2003 6:27:03 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Ukiapah Heep
What are some of the course offerings under the Whiteness Studies curriculum that lead to a degree? Cracker Classics 101? Honky History 201?
14 posted on 06/26/2003 6:34:54 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: suspects
I want to sincerely apoligize to all of you for being a person of the Caucasian persuasion. I am most embarassed and hope you will be able to overlook that and accept me almost as if I was Black or Asian. My ancestors were poor people who came from the rocky isles west of Scotland but I am going to pretend that we were wealthy plantation owners who bred slaves like cattle so that I can feel guilty enough to repent my color. I must admit that I never was a racist and always took a stand for equality but I'm hoping that you will forget that and treat me like the honky, militant Aryan nation, Ku Klux Klan member that is really in me. My whole race is rotten to the core and interested only in supporting racism so that we can exploit the unwashed masses of the world.

Is there some nice African-American person named M'bogo M'tembe (born Alice Johnson) who would like to adopt me and punish me for my depraved past?
15 posted on 06/26/2003 6:42:37 PM PDT by Blue Leader
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I don't know if any of you want to see this. I know I didn't want to see it. Once I clicked, though, I had to look. One of those car accident things. I do wish I didn't see it though.

So Ping.
16 posted on 06/26/2003 6:56:23 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Skywalk
these classes will focus on whites as oppressors...

The long term agenda is to keep AA going indefinitely & to eventually secure reparations.

Depend on it.

18 posted on 06/26/2003 7:03:04 PM PDT by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: Calpernia
Does this mean that I don't have to feel concerned when I check the caucasian box on the affirmative action forms when I apply for jobs?
19 posted on 06/26/2003 7:18:12 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Scott from the Left Coast
You saw the U of Michigan virdict, no?
20 posted on 06/26/2003 7:23:40 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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