Evergreen Hosting Weekly Workshops to 'Unlearn Whiteness'

Alex Hall | October 29, 2018
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Social media helped bring light to a workshop being taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington about "unlearning whiteness."

The workshop entitled, "Understanding and Unlearning Whiteness Skills Group," is hosted in the college's Student Equity and Arts Lounge every Tuesday night.

Twitter user Benjamin Boyce tweeted pictures of the workshop's flyer:

He then followed the tweet up by commenting wryly about Evergreens commitment to fight against "discrimination."

Evergreen State College describes itself as "a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college." The college boasts a motto of "respect, equality, inclusion." 

It may seem contradictory or even hypocritical that colleges which claim to be anti-discrimination see no issue with hosting workshops that shame people for being white. The hypocrisy more or less is the point, because according to them, white people need to be put down in order for people-of-color to be able to rise up. It is a zero-sum game. Equality to them doesn't mean treating people equally so much as deconstructing "oppressor" groups so that the "oppressed" can rise up and take their place. In short, this leftist view of equality isn't about equal treatment so much as reversal of fortune.

Similar "training" workshops and programs have popped up across the country, as this idea is surprisingly pervasive in mainstream academia. Breitbart found one such example where the UNtraining whiteness curriculum is described so:

The premise of the UNtraining is that we are all affected by racism. No matter how aware our parents may have been, how liberal, loving or spiritual we may be, as white people we have been trained to be "white" by media, educational systems and continual subtle feedback from those around us.

Although it may not be obvious at first, we benefit from racism in our daily lives through the privileges associated with light-colored skin. Even less apparent, however, is the cost to us as white people living within this hierarchical system. Many of us live with guilt, fear, and defensiveness. Our curiosity is stifled and our passions blunted. This keeps us from speaking out and taking action against racism. Or if we do, we may come across as righteous and judgmental, which is rarely helpful or effective.

There notably is a parallel UNtraining for people of color (no white people are allowed to attend) where they are taught how to separate themselves from the "oppression" of "whiteness." The program's description reads as follows: 

The People of Color UNtraining program is an opportunity to identify how we internalize messages from the dominant white culture to be our own, and to explore the effects of internalized racism in a group setting with others who identify as people of color.

Internalized racism and all social oppressions affect our ability to love ourselves, and to be advocates for ourselves and for our communities.

In short, the premise of these two parallel classes is that white people are judged to be oppressive even if they don't know it, and people of color who don't feel oppressed are told that they are oppressed whether they know it or not. It creates an unfalsifiable claim, where if you disagree with the premise of the class's claims you are seen as enabling a racist system.

What further seems so troubling about this is that where civil rights leaders of Martin Luther King's time saw equality as a game where everybody could win at the same time, treating each other by not looking at their race, but at the content of their character. Now, in mainstream media and academia, people are brainwashed to evaluate how people and cultures should be judged specifically based upon their racial "privilege" as either the oppressors or the oppressed.

The fact such ideas are being taught at taxpayer-funded academic institutions like Evergreen might make an increasingly large amount of voters feel dubious about where they send their kids to study.

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