University of Wisconsin to Offer Class on ‘The Problem of Whiteness’

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By Heat Street Staff | 11:39 am, December 16, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will offer a spring semester class examining “the problem of whiteness” and “what it means to be #woke,” Campus Reform reports.

The course is being offered by the university’s African Cultural Studies department. According to an online description, students will be asked to examine “what it really means to be white,” and consider “how race is experienced by white people” in the United States and abroad.

“Critical Whiteness Studies aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy,” the description reads. “In this class, we will ask what an ethical white identity entails, what it means to be #woke, and consider the journal Race Traitor’s motto, ‘treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.'”

The course will satisfy the university’s “ethnic studies” requirement for graduation, and will be taught by an associate professor whose course load includes a class on “Global Hiphop and Social Justice.” The reading list for “The Problem of Whiteness” course includes Between the World and Me, the acclaimed memoir by Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The University of Wisconsin has been criticized for its handling of racial issues in the past. Earlier this year, the school launched a controversial program called “Our Wisconsin,” consisting of freshman seminars to examine the appropriate interaction between ethnic groups.

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