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Oregon College Group Plans to Deem This April ‘Whiteness History Month’

white handsA Portland Community College diversity council subcommittee is proposing April be deemed “Whiteness History Month” for an in-depth look at “the construction of whiteness, its origins and heritage.”

The post on PCC’s website explains that there is an “underlying reality of whiteness embedded in the overall college climate” that they think is worth exploring in an effort to change up the racial climate on campus.

They write, “The Project seeks to challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness.”

There are a number of questions they want to pose over the course of the month. Here’s a sampling:

  • What is whiteness and how is it socially constructed?
  • In what ways does whiteness emerge from a legacy of imperialism, conquest, colonialism and the American enterprise?
  • What are the legal, cultural, economic, social, environmental, educational, and /or intrapersonal consequences of whiteness?
  • What are approaches and strategies to dismantling whiteness?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of white people and people of color in dismantling whiteness?

They’re looking for suggestions from everyone on campus to teach these lessons in a number of formats, including “presentations, lectures, panel discussions, film and music analyses, workshops, plays, art, etc.”

Last year Arizona State University offered a course on the “problem of whiteness” that raised plenty of eyebrows.

[h/t Daily Caller]
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