Ashe Schow, Daily Wire, March 18, 2021
A University of Vermont professor is under fire from students demanding he resign after uploading a video to YouTube of himself discussing growing anti-white sentiment on campus.
Aaron Kindsvatter, a professor of counseling at UVM’s College of Education and Social Services, posted a video called “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont.” The video was nine minutes long and received 15,000 views, Vermont-based publication Seven Days reported.
In the video, Kindsvatter said he “first heard of whiteness” after a faculty colleague “offered to help [him] with it, like it was some kind of disease,” the outlet reported. Kindsvatter added that it “was a dehumanizing experience.”
“I never expected the concept of whiteness to endure, because it’s so obviously discriminatory,” Kindsvatter said in the video. “But not only has this ideology endured within the university, it has flourished.”
Kindsvatter also expressed concern, like many across the country, that schools are teaching anti-white racism under the guise of “anti-racism,” noting that the College of Education and Social Services was considering the adoption of a policy that would teach Ibram X. Kendi’s radical definitions of what racism and anti-racism are.
Seven Days reported that student organization UVM Sisters of Color started a Change.org petition to demand Kindsvatter resign over his concerns, claiming the statements he made in the view put students of color in danger:
Professor Aaron Kindsvatter’s “i-don’t-see-race” mentality has been proven to be harmful towards any kind of societal racial justice and for that reason we are demanding his immediate resignation. A UVM faculty member, especially one who teaches courses in counseling, should not hold this ideology employed by white supremesists. The freedom of free thought is not what is being restricted here, it’s the fact that Aaron Kindsvatter is using his position of power and authority as a platform for spewing these ideologies.