The history of whiteness has largely been unexamined (Daniels 2014).
Color me a cultural racist because I think the good people of Europe are rediscovering that the spearhead of monomaniacal fanatics from a very different culture, is detrimental to European cultures. Cultures are different and some are successful and others are the most dismal failures. You can easily scope out which one you prefer to live in by observing where people are moving to and away from.Whiteness is a socially and politically constructed behavior. It has a long history in European imperialism and epistemologies. Whiteness does not simply refer to skin color but an ideology based on beliefs, values, behaviors, habits and attitudes, which result in the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin color..... Whiteness is a state of consciousness, often invisible, shaping how white people view themselves and others and thus perpetuating ignorance throughout communities. Cultural racism is founded in the belief that "whiteness" is the universal...and allows one to think and speak as if Whiteness described and defined the world. The meaning of whiteness is historical and has shifted over time.
The funny thing about Portland Community College, is that it has hit the nail precisely on the head. America was created, primarily, by people who were either expelled from Europe or who left in the hope of a brighter and better future in the new world, where they expected that hard work, personal accountability, and responsibility coupled with faith, or at least a sincere desire to make money, would leave them better off than those who remained behind stuck in the miserable broken down remnants of feudalism.
If PCC was really interested in improving student outcomes, they would study the beliefs, values, behaviors, habits and attitudes which result in the creation and retention of wealth, power and privilege and attempt to replicate them to the very best of their ability. I'll help them out with the syllabus. They could learn all about whiteness at aesop's fables.
What you describe is indoctrination, and it sullies the term education by its very existence.ReplyDelete
I would submit that indoctrination gets a bad rep but we used to have I-Division on the ship which wasn't really a division but it was where the new guys were introduced to the ship and learned what was expected from them...and picked up the briefings on things important to the chain of command.Delete
I just got a kick out of looking at the names of the fables in that first page at the link. All of them apply even now.
True enough--but I division wasn't disguised as education, and it had a vital function to play. Loved (and love) the fables. They are pretty much all un PC, thus, I'm sure, untaught these days.Delete