University: ‘Problem of Whiteness’ class is not offensive
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.