Here we go again. So-called "white privilege" is the focus of yet another college campus as Portland Community College declared April "Whiteness History Month" (WHM) -- or, in other words, whiteness "shaming" month.
WHM is being called an "educational project" to explore how the "construct of whiteness" fosters racial inequality. From the blog CampusReform:
"'Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change' is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins, and heritage," PCC states on its website. "Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism."
The WHM site makes clear that the project is not a "celebratory endeavor" like heritage months, but is rather "an effort to change our campus climate" by "[challenging] the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness." ("Challenging the master narrative," PCC explains, "is a strategy within higher education that promotes multicultural education and equity.")
The initiative is reportedly the brainchild of PCC’s Cascade Campus Diversity Council, which believes it must "create a nationally renowned culture for diversity, equity, and inclusion." According to the group, which took its lead from the University of Calgary, "whiteness":
"does not simply refer to skin color[,] but [to] an ideology based on beliefs, values, behaviors, habits, and attitudes, which result in the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin color."
What's more, according to the diversity council, whiteness exploits "people of color," denying them material benefits and is simply an ideology fostered in the seventeenth century :
Not only does the concept of whiteness allow those who are "socially deemed white" to accrue benefits, the page asserts, but those benefits "are accrued at the expense of people of color, namely in how people of color are systemically and prejudicially denied equal access to those material benefits."
The ideology of whiteness, it continues, dates back to "at least the seventeenth century, [when] 'white' appeared as a legal term and social designator determining social and political rights," a concept that eventually grew to include "thousands" of "special privileges and protections" for white citizens.
Thus PCC is going to ask students to find "alternatives to a culture of white supremacy ... approaches and strategies to dismantling whiteness ... [and] the roles and responsibilities of white people and people of color in dismantling whiteness."
Because the role of colleges across the country is no longer to educate students on actual academic curriculum but to indoctrinate them into the latest fabricated pc-movement.