Chris Harrison, the former host of “The Bachelor,” recently tweeted that he has been meeting with a “race educator” to atone for his sin of urging people to be forgiving toward one of the show’s contestants who wore a Scarlett O’Hara-style dress to a college dance three years ago.
That, liberals suggest, is the whole point of the radical “antiracism” campaign – to teach white people about their “privilege” with its cancel culture takedowns, demands for defunding police, advocacy for slavery reparations, and, as Harrison shows, high-profile groveling for imagined offenses.
But the education in racial politics has taught one young woman at Virginia Tech that racism is a one-way street.
According to the conservative group Campus Reform, the professor of Alyssa Jones’s “Nations and Nationalities” class told her that “White people cannot experience racism.”
The Oxford English Dictionary once defined “racism” as the “belief in the superiority of a particular race.” Simple enough. Believe others are inferior to you because their race is different from your own, and you are guilty of racism.
But that is not how we are supposed to see things in the ‘Great Awokening’.
Jones had an assignment to write an essay about a group identified as hateful by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jones, who is white, chose the New Black Panther Party. She opted for that because of its separatist beliefs and because the SPLC had said the group had “encouraged violence against Whites, Jews, and law enforcement officers.”
It’s unclear what grade Jones received, but it was much lower than she expected, according to Campus Reform.
When she confronted the graduate teaching assistant about the grade, the instructor replied in an email, “To begin, we discuss in lecture [sic] that racism is a systemic issue rooted power structures [sic] which have historically oppressed non-white peoples, as a result, white people cannot experience [sic] racism.”
“While the NBPP discriminates and has prejudice against white people and Jewish people,” she continued, “it does not engage with racism as a system of oppression and subjugation, so conceptual clarity is key!”
The SPLC points out that in July 2016 a black nationalist Micah Johnson killed five white police officers in Dallas.
Johnson had admitted he wanted to kill only white people, specifically cops.
The media initially reported he was a former member of the New Black Panthers, but it turned out it was a splinter group called the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, according to the SPLC.
When trying to distance her group from Johnson, Krystal Muhammad, the head of the New Black Panthers, said, “My moral judgment is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. What happened in Dallas, who knows, this could be happening all across America. Because people are fed up. You cannot continue to brutalize human beings and think that some human beings are going to fall for it.”
Some might see that supporting the actions of a racist killer would in itself be racist – but not according to Jones’s teacher.
Campus Reform notes that Jones took her grade to the full professor over the class, Edward Weisband, and griped that she was penalized for “viewpoint discrepancy.”
Weisband reportedly sided with her, saying, “I agree with you, as I understand your position, persons identified as ‘white’ certainly can be subjected to racism.”
He promised to review her grade, although it’s unclear how that turned out.
But don’t be surprised if Virginia Tech cancels the professor for agreeing with an unpopular, if still obvious, truth.
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