University of Wisconsin: ‘Problem of Whiteness’ Course isn’t ‘Designed to Offend’

, Spencer Irvine, 4 Comments

If a university has to release a statement to appease and allay the fears and criticisms of the public regarding one college course, then maybe that course is doomed from the start?

The statement, released Monday, defends the African Cultural Studies 405 course “The Problem of Whiteness,” explaining that “the course title refers to the challenge of understanding white identity and non-white identity across the globe,” and the class is “not designed to offend individuals or single out an ethnic group.”

“We believe this course, which is one of thousands offered at our university, will benefit students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of race issues,” UW contends. “The course is a challenge and response to racism of all kinds.”