CA Professor Hands Out White Privilege Checklist, Warns Students Not to Stereotype

“We are all engaged in an oppressive power structure.”

The College Fix reports that an anthropology professor at a California community college distributed a four-page white privilege checklist to students, then warned them that stereotyping someone in class is a punishable offense. Don't professors understand the meaning of the word "hypocrisy" anymore, much less "irony"?

The anthropology lab’s syllabus states:.

Students will not stereotype or demean anyone based on race, gender, ability, nationality, sexuality or any other identity. Any student who disrespects their [sic] instructor, disrespects their [sic] classmates, or purports [sic] identity-based stereotypes will be considered an interruption and will be a) be [sic] barred from participating in class, b) lose all participation points for the day, and c) referred to the Dean of Students.

Apparently the professor needs to be referred to a remedial writing class. In any case, the professor, Amanda Zunner-Keating, handed out the syllabus on the first day of class along with a four-page checklist which lists such “white privilege” examples as “I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflection [sic] my race” and “I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.”

The College Fix reports that Zunner-Keating allegedly told students she uses a Freirean teaching method and asserted that “we are all engaged in an oppressive power structure.” She quoted the radical pedagogy theorist Paulo Freire: “The educator has the duty of not being neutral.”

One anonymous student in the class apparently described Zunner-Keating as “as far left as they come. On the first day of class she told us that race and gender are both social constructs and she’s made us repeat the latter back to her multiple times. She warned us that any comment she deemed racist or sexist would get us kicked out of class and suspended for two class periods, which would tank anyone’s grade since we only meet once a week. I can’t help the feeling that I’ll be punished if I voice my conservative views.”

Welcome to higher education.