Carolyn Rouse, a Princeton University professor of anthropology, is seeking online submissions of any media-related examples of Donald Trump for a new course she has titled, “Trumplandia.”
According to Campus Reform, Rouse will accept “any textual, visual, or audio evidence” of “a social phenomenon related to Trump’s presidency” from anywhere in the world through a form on the university’s website.
For the next four years, Rouse has pledged to refrain from absorbing any news outside of the submissions which “will become my news source,” she said.
Rouse describes the background of her idea:
This project began two days after the 2016 US Presidential election of Donald Trump. The changes promised by the president-elect to ‘make America great again’ were authoritarian and racist. He promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and that Mexico would pay for the wall. He promised to stop protecting our allies around the world unless they paid up. He promised to give police more power in the name of protecting our streets. He promised to take away people’s health care and give them something better. He promised to create a deportation force. He promised to lock Hillary Clinton up. He promised not to raise the minimum wage and to lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans. The implications of his proposed policies for the planet’s climate are devastating. And the list goes on.
Given that there would be no funding for his projects, and that the working class whites who voted for him would see their wages stagnate and possibly drop, I thought it would be important to document the inevitable disenchantment with a conspiracy-theorist turned president. Not only would the wages and jobs not return to depressed areas of the country, school funding in poorer districts would evaporate and health care disappear. To quell the disenchantment, Trump might take the United States to war; a staged war not unlike Reagan’s Invasion of Grenada in 1983. I want nothing better than to be proven wrong, but even the people who voted for him realized that he really did not have any coherent policies.
A freshman seminar titled “Trumpland” will also be offered to incoming freshmen which will center on “America’s deindustrialization, white identity politics, nationalism, populism, and a new ‘post-truth’ relationship with the media.” The seminar promises to “introduce students to critical theory on race (especially whiteness), conspiracy, authoritarianism, and democracy.”
Campus Reform received word from Rouse that she is taking her course very seriously and is trying to be “honest.” She also said she interviewed Trump supporters “in rural America and said, “We had a great time. No anger, rage, or diametrically opposed points of view. We agree a lot more than we disagreed.”
The professor hopes to collect media examples from his supporters “or conservative who are not” supporters, but they must be “respectful, honest, and ethnographic.”
No word, yet, if there will be a coloring book safe space near the classroom to help the triggered students decompress from hearing about President Whitey.