As part of our continuing mission to root out Cultural Marxism, let us turn our attention to Arizona State University. In the Spring 2015 semester, ASU is offering an English class titled “Studies in American Literature/Culture: U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness.”
Problem? I see no reason to believe that being white is a problem. But let’s set that aside for a moment.
The instructor for this course is one Lee Bebout, an assistant professor of English at ASU. His particular field of interest is critical race theory, though he has also taught classes in important topics like “Trans-border Chicano Literature” and “Advanced Studies in Theory/Criticism.”
Now, I’m no expert on Liberal Arts degrees. I majored in something useful… but the last time I checked, critical race theory is the realm of Sociology and perhaps the law. I was not aware that America’s institutes of higher learning were bridging the gap between disciplines in such a brave, progressive way. A quick glance at the university’s list of English classes for this semester, however, makes it rather clear that this is the only class addressing this cutting edge topic, at least in the English Department.
So what are they reading? Funny you should ask…of the five books listed in the course description, only one of them is actually a literature book, Toni Morrison’s “Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.” And this barely counts, because this book is actually a collection of three essays about literary critique, centering on Morrison’s afro-centric views about literature. The remaining books are ALL sociological in nature: “The Progressive Investment in Whiteness,” “Critical Race Theory,” “Everyday Language of White Racism,” and “The Alchemy of Race and Rights.”
This is not education, it is indoctrination. Students taking this class lack the critical thinking skills to pick apart the pseudo-scientific sociological gibberish that academia are so eager to drill into their heads. The assertion that being white is a problem is ludicrous, unless of course you are trying to marginalize white America in order to elevate other racial groups. But of course this is exactly what the goal is. I guess it never occurred to the instructor or the university that those non-white groups have the capacity to lift themselves up. Do they lack the agency to act on their own behalf? Is it now the job of our universities to pick racial favorites and push the #sobrave political agendas that America by and large rejects? The Progressives would have us believe so, though it is not true.