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Gender studies coordinator offers ‘checklist’ to determine if you support white supremacy

An English professor and gender studies program coordinator at Linfield College has come up with a list of fifteen “troubles” to help recognize “(un)conscious contributions to white supremacy.”

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt says that “for faculty of color, women and particularly those scholars who are outspoken about dismantling the master narratives of white supremacy within our colleges and universities, playing by the rules is neither an option nor an obligation.”

In fact, she says, it’s “a terrible burden.”

The professor writes in Inside Higher Ed that this “oppressive system” of white supremacy merely treats what she dubs “postcolonial scholars” as “mere bodies representing ‘diversity.’”

As such, to assist in its defeat, Dutt-Ballerstadt created a checklist of “qualities and attributes of those that overtly or covertly support or contribute to a culture of mundane and everyday” aspects of white supremacy in colleges and elsewhere.

Regular readers of The Fix will find most/all of them (mind-numbingly) familiar.

From the list:

–You work in a position of power in a predominantly white institution, and while you claim to be working for social justice, you do nothing to change the white supremacist power structures within your departments, committees and institutional decision-making process.

–When your colleagues who are marginalized complain to you about their “oppressive” work conditions, you think that they are difficult.

–When your colleagues and students claim that they experienced microaggressions, your response is “I am so sorry. This is unbelievable!”

–When you are asked to nominate your students and faculty colleagues for awards or leadership positions, your first instinct is to nominate those that are “stellar” (mostly men) and obviously “white.” It doesn’t occur to you that you are implicitly supporting a logic of meritocracy that is built on this racist assumption that everyone has had the same access and opportunities.

–When it comes to understanding your own white privilege, you get very angry if a faculty member of color points out to you where and how your privilege is operating. You deem such critiques as “uncivil” and as not supporting a collegial environment.

–You are aware of the many wrongs that you see your institution is doing to your marginal faculty and students, and while you sympathize with people of color and marginal students and faculty members behind your closed door, you never openly confront your institution.

The remainder of the list is just as, er, good, and if you do manage to make it through the whole thing, Dutt-Ballerstadt says that you’ve probably decided to have “some hot chamomile tea from a cup that reads ‘White Tears’ or ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

Chamomile tea? Sounds rather gentrifying.

Read the full article.

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  • DavidBehar

    I subscribe to all -isms. They are folk statistics, mostly true, most of the time. African nations would do well to contract their government administrations to their former colonialists.

    I do not believe there are any important genetic differences between the races, they differ in cultures. So African immigrants have outperformed white people in the 2010 Census in the US, a white run nation. They have induced a form of reverse racism. They are the new Koreans, and sought after by schools and by employers.

    • ontheroadwitheric

      There is no such thing as “reverse racism.”

      Please stop writing it.

      • DavidBehar

        You are obviously not hiring. If you see a pitch black person applying, you will be grabbing him, or chasing him, waving $5000 in your hands. You want him to come work for you, and not for your competitor. He will do twice the job as a white applicant, with none of the entitled, and annoying attitudes of millennials. He will do stuff you never thought of asking. After two or three of those, you will become a reverse racist.

      • UnsinkingTheTitanic

        You’re correct. There is simply racism. What was once called affirmative action / positive discrimination is a policy of racist action. It should stop and the racists who advocate for it need to be dealt with accordingly. Plenty of employers fire racists. Universities ought to consider doing so too.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Support white supremacy? Doesn’t everybody?

  • Larry Moran

    I am a middle-aged white male imbedded in a white, Eurocentric culture built by my white ancestors and their slaves, consisting of ancient stable ideas, Ideals, philosophies, and institutions, frameworks of laws, and which has produced the science, medicine, educational resources, art and literature, and technology, which make a healthy, wealthy, secure life possible for me and my loved ones in a society which is supreme on this planet.
    How would you have me feel? If the above list is “whiteness”, then I do indeed worship whiteness.
    You, whoever you are, are free to join me. But if you reject the ideals of “whiteness” you may not succeed.

  • CanuckDuck

    Has academia lost it’s collective mind?

    • Mr JCS

      Do you need to even ask?

      I enjoyed college immensely, but I would’ve enjoyed it even more had I know that 30 years in the future colleges would be dominated by fascists and Inquisitions. Truly sickening, this loss of freedom.

      • Greg Paley

        Yes, it is. Does not bode well for the future.

  • PierceHarlan

    This person is so terribly disconnected from the world the rest of us live in, it would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening that she is allowed to grade student. She’s the new poster-child for doing away with colleges.

  • UnsinkingTheTitanic

    “…for faculty of color, women and particularly those scholars who are outspoken about dismantling the master narratives of white supremacy within our colleges and universities, playing by the rules is neither an option nor an obligation.”

    That’s a new one. Usually it’s “people/occupation of colour, especially black women, and transwomen who…”. You suppose outspokenness will soon be another group agitating for protected status?

  • Mary Jane Rottenkrotch

    Dutt-Ballerstadt (with that name, a walking kick me sign) never answers the most important question: Where the white-women at?

  • Ralph Davis

    Where to start? “while you claim to be working for social justice” – BS. I would never work for something so stupid as social justice. “colleagues who are marginalized complain to you about their “oppressive” work conditions” – if they’re working in the same place I am, it’s not oppressive; I go through the same crap as them. “colleagues and students claim that they experienced microaggressions” – they’re delusional; microagressions don’t exist, they’re just ways for these sissies to bitch. ” understanding your own white privilege” – double BS; I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am. “You are aware of the many wrongs that you see your institution is doing” – BS, everyone has the same chance to perform and advance. What a bunch of candy-assed BS.

  • sandyernst

    A clarion call for the egalitarianism of mediocrity.

  • Generic Avatar

    “When your colleagues and students claim that they experienced microaggressions, your response is…”
    A) “Grow a f*&#ing skin.”
    B) Snerk hard and say, “And you expect me to care Why?”
    C) “Wauauauauauaughgghghghgh!!!!”
    D) Roll your eyes hard enough to shift your eye sockets towards one side of your skull.