Update: After Backlash, University of Chicago Appears to Cancel ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ Class

The Gateway Pundit reported on an upcoming class for The University of Chicago’s Winter term called “The Problem of Whiteness.”

The course description reads:

Critical race theorists have shown that whiteness has long functioned as an “unmarked” racial category, saturating a default surround against which non-white or “not quite” others appear as aberrant. This saturation has had wide-ranging effects, coloring everything from the consolidation of wealth, power and property to the distribution of environmental health hazards. Yet in recent years, whiteness has resurfaced as a conspicuous problem within liberal political discourse.This seminar examines the problem of whiteness through an anthropological lens, drawing from classic and contemporary works of critical race theory. Attending to the ways in which various forms of social positioning and historical phenomena intersect in the formation of racial hierarchy, we will approach whiteness as a “pigment of the imagination” with worldmaking (and razing) effects.

After backlash from numerous articles and torrent of comments on the University’s social media accounts, it appears that the class has been cancelled.

The original sign-up showed 25 available seats.

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The current sign-up does not allow registration.

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The Gateway Pundit as reached out to the University for confirmation on the cancelation of the course.  We will update our story if we receive a response.


The Gateway Pundit received the following from The University of Chicago:

The instructor for the course has chosen to move the offering to Spring Quarter.

As articulated in the Chicago Principles, the University of Chicago is deeply committed to upholding the values of academic freedom, the free expression of ideas, and the ability of faculty and students to express a wide range of views and to contest the ideas that they oppose. We believe universities have an important role as places where novel ideas can be proposed, tested, and debated and where diverse perspectives, experiences, individuals, and ideas inform and stimulate intellectual exchange, challenge, and engagement. As noted by John Boyer, Dean of the College, ‘academic freedom is a principle that requires us to defend autonomy of thought and expression in our community, manifest in the rights of our students and faculty to speak, write, and teach freely.’

The University works to foster an inclusive climate on campus, so all may participate fully in the distinctive open and questioning environment that has always defined the University of Chicago.


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