Feminist Grinnell College Professor Offering Course on “American Whiteness”

A Grinnell College Professor will be offering a course on “American Whiteness” that will focus on “attacking racism by making whiteness visible.” Liberal looney toon Professor Karla Erickson is a self described “feminist ethnographer”, and will be teaching the discriminatory course that will explore “whiteness as a specific racial formation with a distinct history, proactive and defensive politics, and institutional and personal investments.”

Campus Reform reported on the blatantly racist course:

According to the course description, students will learn about the “historical expansion” of whiteness while discussing both the “formal and informal advantages that accrue to whiteness” and potential “challenges to whiteness.”

Although Erickson declined to provide a copy of the current syllabus, Campus Reform located a syllabus for a previous iteration of the course from the spring of 2015, which contains a course description identical to the one of that being offered in the fall.

“Whiteness is, among much else, a very bad idea,” the syllabus states, quoting Kansas University Professor David Roediger. “It is quite possible to avoid hating white people as individuals but to criticize the ‘idea of white people in general.’”

The 2015 version of the class featured text such as “Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness” and “The Case for Reparations,”. The 2015 version of the syllabus also states: “This course is meant to facilitate a personal journey towards a better understanding of how whiteness functions in a racist nation, therefore sincere attempts at working through whiteness will be rewarded,”

Professor Erickson has offered many presentations attacking white people in America, with titles like: “Whiteness in the Liberal Arts,” “Whiteness and Mentoring,” and “Whiteness in the Era of Black Lives Matter,” according to her curriculum vitae.


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