College Teaches 'Pyramid of White Supremacy'

"This class taught us that being white was a bad thing.”

If a student at Salisbury University in Maryland wants to be an elementary school teacher, they have to complete a pretty weird requirement: the class called "Diversity and the Self." The course "reviews theories and aspects of cultural competence most relevant to teaching in diverse classrooms,” and “explores the ideals of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, equity, and human dignity from the perspective of the individual.”

One of the things taught in the class, Campus Reform reports, is the "pyramid of white supremacy." 

An accompanying caption reads:

“In a pyramid, every brick depends upon the one below it for support,” an accompanying caption explains. “If the bricks at the bottom are removed, the whole structure comes tumbling down.”

The scale goes from indifference (not challenging racist jokes), through things like veiled racism and discrimination to the top of the pyramid, which is genocide. A student in the class talked to Campus Reform about how biased the class was:

“I find it ridiculous that ‘unjust police shootings’ is at the top of the list next to mass murder and genocide. The pyramid was not only biased, the way they ranked the events did not make much sense.

“This class was extremely difficult to get through if you did not think like a liberal. Instead of teaching diversity, this class taught us that being white was a bad thing. We were told that we were only privileged because we are white and basically we did not actually work for what we have.”

What, exactly, does this have to do with being a teacher? In today's politicized classrooms, I'm afraid it's all too much.

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