Univer­sity: ‘Prob­lem of White­ness’ class is not of­fen­sive

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

Of­fi­cials at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son see no prob­lem with the up­com­ing “Prob­lem of White­ness” class.

Feed­back on a spring 2017 course for young “Badgers” prompted the univer­sity to de­fend its cur­ricu­lum Mon­day.

At is­sue is an African Cul­tural Stud­ies 405 class that seeks to ex­am­ine how white peo­ple “con­sciously and un­con­sciously per­pet­u­ate in­sti­tu­tional racism,” which in turn “dev­as­tates com­mu­ni­ties of color.”

“We be­lieve this course, which is one of thou­sands of­fered at our univer­sity, will ben­e­fit stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of race is­sues. The course is a chal­lenge and re­sponse to racism of all kinds,” the

school’s state­ment reads in part.

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