Monday, January 18, 2016

Community College Plans Month of Whiteness Shaming


As our colleges and universities continue the free fall down the path of institutionalized ignorance, administrators fill the vacuum with the phantasm of social equality.

As a case in point, Portland Community College has announced that it will sponsor an event this April designated as Whiteness History Month to explore how the "construct of whiteness" creates racial inequality (source).

According to the school website, the month-long event will be "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." Defining their terms, the website explains that “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.’”

Here, in a nutshell, is a clear indication of how schools have failed to educate the rising generation of students and how it has turned them into brain-dead products of a zombie apocalypse. Schools no longer teach students how to think but only teach what to think.

The progressive terminology, borrowed from sociology, is almost painful to contemplate. For example, notice the circular reasoning in the definition of "whiteness." The definition says that "whiteness" doesn't refer to skin color...but is based on skin color.

Blaming the perception of skin color as a "social construct," the progressives who planned this event go on to list a whole series of other "social constructs" which are poorly defined and impossible to pin down.

Consider the terms: "campus climate, ideology, beliefs, values, behaviors, habits, attitudes, unequal distribution, and privilege." The core of progressive dogma relies on such terms to indicate some vague and undefined dissatisfaction with the status quo. Then progressive dogma points to equally vague terms as a "solution" to the dissatisfaction it created.

This particular community college denies the very philosophy of liberalism that allows it to exist in favor of adopting a dangerous ideology based on debasement, imprecise terminology, and race warfare in order to produce...what?

As a best guess, I can only assume that the college wishes to promote some nebulous Utopian ideal. Would such an ideal embrace "equal distribution" and "lack of privilege?" It's impossible to say, exactly, since progressive goals change on a daily basis.

The Portland school is a brilliant example of such dogmas. By promoting a month-long event based on telling white people how miserable they should feel because of their "whiteness," the school creates a vague and unthinking rejection of the very philosophy that created liberalism.

This is anti-liberalism. It rejects individualism in favor of promoting groups over individuals. It rejects a philosophy of government based on the power of the people. It rejects the philosophy which destroyed slavery as an institution. It rejects the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.

In its place, it creates a vague ideal which is ill equipped to handle the realities of the world and the problems of human nature. It replaces thinking with ignorance. It ignores the great moral questions by replacing good and evil with "values." It creates a vague and unsettling disquiet which can never be satisfied.

And it is a shame that this dogma has become the foundation of modern education.