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At Boston College, panel of white professors lament ‘whiteness’

A recent panel at Boston College titled “Whiteness: A Faculty-Student Dialogue about Race” drew self flagellation from white professors on the dais, who lamented white people’s alleged power and privilege as well as the white power they say is embedded into all aspects of American life and called for white people to dismantle their advantages for the sake of solidarity and equality.

The annual undergraduate cost to attend Boston College, including tuition, fees, room and board, is nearly $70,000.

The Nov. 6 panel aimed to allow white faculty to discuss their own personal experiences with whiteness and offer advice on what to do about racism, according to an event description on the university’s website.

The Heights campus newspaper reports on some of the comments the panel elicited from white scholars who took part.

Yonder Gillihan, a professor of theology, “admitted that it took a long time for him to recognize the privileges that society granted him. He explained that it was very easy for him to forget about race because of the fact that he is white,” the Heights summarized.

“Very little in my professional and personal life reflected that very awareness about privilege status,” Gillihan reportedly said. “We white people created race. We invented the concept, and we deployed [it] against our non-white brothers and sisters. It’s our responsibility to figure out ways to dismantle it.”

Marilynn Johnson, a history professor, discussed what she dubbed her “all white world” and has come to the conclusion that segregation is institutionalized and often invisible, the Heights reports.

“Government action has shaped the development of segregation through things like mortgage lending, highway funding, school redistricting, and government subsidizing,” Johnson reportedly said, adding white people are unaware of institutionalized racism because they are not hurt by it.

Next English Professor Eric Weiskott delved into white privilege.

“It’s white privilege to be able to think that one escapes race,” he reportedly said. “We must put our own white privilege on the line and give it up in solidarity for people who don’t have it.”

And history Professor Julian Bourg pointed out: “I cannot be pulled over for driving while black.”

“Driving while black is a thing, it really exists, and it can’t happen to me,” Bourg said, according to the Heights. “ … My model is that of raising consciousness: to move from unconsciousness, to self-consciousness, to critical consciousness.”

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  • Tom

    I don’t know what’s worse- the fact that these “professors” are forced to admit their “crimes” in front of these neo-maosit mobs in order to keep their jobs, or the fact that they are cowards with a total lack of self respect and dignity willing to capitulate to these sick sjws.

  • larry cox

    I need to go to my local open-all-nighter, but am feeling so ashamed of highways being White that I don’t know what I should do.

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  • Lukas Oman

    Since when are Jews white?

    • WereTurtle

      Jewish isn’t a race. It is a religion.

      • Lukas Oman

        You can’t advocate against people with whom you claim identity and solidarity when you hold a passport that allows you to escape to safety when the consequences of your anti-white advocacy comes home to roost.

  • carrabelle

    If they really believed the BS why have they not submitted resignations so that the “deserving” coloreds could fill their proper positions.

  • “Privilege” does not exist ex nihilo. It had to start somewhere with some people. I have no problem with others admitting to the world that my ancestors were more apt, more intelligent, more able, more sophisticated, and much more likely to come out on the winning side of any conflict with their ancestors. If they want to take it back 50 years, 500 years or 5,000 years I am up for that. The better team apparently won the privilege game and took home the trophy. The 2nd place team took home — well — 2nd place.

    If they say the game was rigged, then my ancestors were smarter than theirs and figured out how to rig the game and theirs didn’t. If they say my ancestors were more savage than theirs then that means theirs were weaker than mine. If they say there were more of mine, then that means that mine were simply better at understanding how to use the environment and technology to sustain a greater population. If they say that my ancestors were better geographically situated that means that they were better realtors, able to find and hold superior territory. If they say my ancestors had bigger, badder, and more destructive weapons that means than their ancestors were probably stuck in a stone-age existence for 10,000 years past their time.

    No matter how you slice it… they are making the claim for me that their ancestors could not quite hack it when it came to competition for the “privilege” of being on top. They were weaker, ineffective, and overall a fine example of Darwinism in action. Seems to me as if they are pointing the “finger of blame” at the wrong set of ancestors. I’d suggest they have a heartfelt talk with their grandma and grandpa and ask them why ~their~ grandmas and grandpas were so pitiful in the game of life.

    Now understand that ~this~ is how ~they~ see the world. This is what ~they~ are admitting happened. Unless, of course, they want to somehow claim that “privilege” just happened along one day from out of nowhere and someone picked it up off the ground and has been using it ever since. Should be an interesting and amusing read.

    Because they believe that since what they call “privilege” was obtained either unfairly or by simple luck they have a “moral right” to take it.

    If they want to admit to having inferior ancestors who were not good enough to not be taken advantage of, or just plain unlucky that is fine with me. And it doesn’t say much for their current ability to “take” anything away from me. Bring it on and we’ll see how the rematch goes.

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  • MEK_93

    Perhaps they take turns pealing each other

  • skillett

    It takes a lot of indoctrination to be as stupid as a college humanities prof

    • Verk

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    • WereTurtle

      There is an old saying – Those who cannot do, teach.

  • Verk

    “We white people created race. We invented the concept, and we deployed [it] against our non-white brothers and sisters. It’s our responsibility to figure out ways to dismantle it.”

    Ah, such racist narcissistic pride. As though other races couldn’t possibly invent the concept of race and then dismantle it. Tut-tut.

  • WereTurtle

    Boston College – a Jesuit institution. A college where the students who go there know full well it is a Jesuit institution and yet complain about a crucifix hanging in the classrooms. Who would have expected a crucifix at a Catholic College.

    I am so glad I am not having to apply to college these days. Social Justice indoctrination is mandatory, and you are quizzed on it in the college application process. If you are not diverse enough in the contemporary sense, they don’t want you.

  • rod rodman

    sending your kids to college= parental fail