UW Course to Explore ‘The Problem of Whiteness’

Cahleel Copus, Campus Reform, December 16, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a class next year called “The Problem of Whiteness.”

The course objectives, according to an online overview, are to teach students “what it really means to be white” in order to help them “understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”

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“After all, since white supremacy was created by white people, is it not white folks who have the greatest responsibility to eradicate it?” the summary asks. “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 Spring 2017 course, which satisfies the university’s ethnic studies requirement for graduation, will be taught by associate professor and Ph.D. candidate Damon Sajnani, who is also slated to teach a course on “Global Hiphop and Social Justice” during the same semester.

 

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Campus Reform reached out to Sajnani for additional information about the course, but he was not available for comment.

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