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Dec 16 2017

Academics Link Civility to “White Racial Power”

If wholesome Christmas movies and rescuing a rabbit are examples of intolerable whiteness, then it stands to reason that so is civility:

Two University of Northern Iowa professors recently argued that practicing “civility” in college classrooms can “reproduce white racial power.”

C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan assert in a recent academic article that civility, particularly “whiteness-informed civility,” allegedly “functions to assert control of space” and “create a good white identity.”

This civility can reinforce white privilege, Rudick and Goslan argue, because “civility within higher education is a racialized, rather than universal, norm,” according to the field of “critical whiteness studies.”

To see what they mean, consider the civility level of Naima Lowe, whom Evergreen State College is paying $240,000 to go yell obscenities at her colleagues somewhere else.

Rudick and Goslan actually claim that treating everyone equally and even being especially nice to privileged I mean “oppressed” minorities so as not to be denounced as a racist are both examples of upholding “white privilege” and “white racial power.”

If you are white, no matter what you do is bad, so you had better just stop existing. It’s either that or push back against political correctness.

On a tip from Sterling B.



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