Prof reprimanded for ‘whiteness’ talk

A discussion of structural racism lead to a reprimand for the professor when white male students complained they’d been singled out. Shannon Gibney, an English professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, teaches an introductory communications course as well as running the African Diaspora Studies program. Gibney told the student newspaper she’d been discussing “whiteness as a system of oppression,” but a few students took it personally.

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  1. Telling is the fact that they say these white men are the ones “most in need” of lessons on white oppression and bla bla bla. Schools, I suppose, can teach whatever they want, but they should get zero federal and state dollars to do so.

    I notice no schools talking of the inherent unfairness and racial hatred that is stirred up via affirmative action policies in their little liberal indoctrination/ “African Diaspora”/ whatever you want to call it classes. Meh.

    What is awful is that some community colleges specifically require an indoctrination class. They call it cultural or diversity studies or whatever, but that’s really what it is.

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      Said it elsewhere:
      The use of the feigned offense to trigger institutional action probably seemed like a good idea at the time….

  2. Of course, the waste of the White students’ time and tuition money to lecture them about “White privilege” and “institutional racism” when they were paying to learn about communications was an irony completely lost on Gibney, whose race and gender privilege had never before been questioned.

    • Actually, it had. The linked article says that she has been reprimanded before for the same kind of thing. If it was only possible to fire her and shut down all aggrieved-victim departments and classes; there’s nothing academic about them.

  3. I would prefer that all interest group departments be subsumed under the history or economics or sociology departments. One should learn general history before learning ‘women’s history’. Certainly one can specialize, but learn the broad subject first.