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Hate Whitey Month

Portland Community College, a public college that serves 90,000 students calls itself the largest secondary education institution in Oregon, is staging a “Whiteness History Month” [1]plainly designed to convince white students to despise themselves and their culture. That’s not how the PCC website puts it, of course:

 

Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences and Change is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins and heritage. Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.

More:

Whiteness History Month Project, unlike heritage months, is not a celebratory endeavor, it is an effort to change our campus climate.

The Project seeks to challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness.

Challenging the master narrative of traditional curriculum is a strategy within higher education that promotes multicultural education and equity.

These people truly put the “PC” in “PCC”. According to the college’s demographics page [2], two-thirds of its students are white. Most of them are older than age 25. It’s hard to say for sure, but I’m betting the school’s student population is chiefly white and working class — who, as we all know from our progressive catechism, are the Worst People In The World.

Victor Tan Chen, writing in The Atlantic, may be in need of re-education at Portland Community College. [3]From his piece, which pivots from the startling study by Anne Case and Angus Deaton [4]showing that white working class people are dying at extraordinarily high rates, usually from drugs, alcoholism, or suicide. VTC continues:

Any explanation of the ominous trends in the Case and Deaton study is, at the moment, speculative. More research is needed, as social scientists like to say, and there are numerous caveats. For example, while the disappearance of high-paying jobs for those with little education is a large part of the overall story of a shrinking middle class, it can’t wholly account for the uptick of mortality identified in the Case and Deaton study. After all, other countries have not seen similar hikes in deaths, even though manufacturing [5] and (to a lesser extent) unionmembership [6] have crumbled abroad as well.

Likewise, the groups that have been affected most viciously by these market trends in the U.S., African Americans and Latinos, have not suffered the dramatic increases in death by suicide or substance abuse that whites have. It may be that changes in the economy have affected these workers in different ways. For instance, whites are more [7] likely to be employed in the declining manufacturing sector than African Americans or Hispanics—and for that matter, they’re more [8]likely to live in the rural communities devastated [9] by this most recent, post-NAFTA era of deindustrialization. Furthermore, whites are less [10] likely to be union members than African Americans (though not Asians or Hispanics).

Yet there is clearly more [11] to the despair [12] of the working class than empty wallets and purses. Patches of the social fabric that once supported them, in good times and bad, have frayed. When asked in national surveys about the people with whom they discussed “important matters” in the past six months, those with just a high-school education or less are likelier [13] to say no one (this percentage has risen over the years for college graduates, too). This trend is troubling, given that social isolation is linked to depression and, in turn, suicide [14] and substance abuse [15].

One form of social support that many in the working class are going without is marriage. I’m reminded of another worker I interviewed, a jobless 54-year-old white woman who used to work at a Ford plant. Her husband left her, she says, when the paychecks stopped coming. “Jesus Christ,” she told him once. “I didn’t think that our relationship was based on the amount of money that I brought in.” Unable to pay her mortgage, she lost her home and had to move in, as she puts it, with a “man friend.” She is depressed, unable to sleep at night, and constantly worried about falling into poverty. “I’m a loser,” she says.

Yet the progressives at Portland Community College are making it their business to educate people from this demographic in their own guilt and vileness.

These nitwit progressives have no idea, no idea at all, what kind of demons they are calling up. If our economy were to collapse, America would start to look something like the old Yugoslavia in its fracturing. Middle-class progressives at places like Portland Community College will have a lot to answer for. This is a time in which they could do a lot of good promoting community solidarity, especially among those of all races who are being left behind by this economy. But they won’t, because waging racist culture war is too important to them.

(Via Campus Reform [16].)

UPDATE: Reader Mr. Pickwick writes:

Yikes! I have two (white) sons at PCC. They don’t have any patience for that kind of politically correct stuff (they’re too busy studying and working), and say that the same attitude is shared by most of their classmates. In fact, they weren’t even aware of “whiteness history month.”

A month ago, I discussed with my youngest son the upheaval that was happening on certain college campuses over racial issues (demonstrations, occupations, intimidation, demands, etc.). He said nothing of the kind was happening at PCC. Although there were a few profs and students who mouthed PC slogans, there was no disruption of the educational process. No demonstrations or such. As my youngest son said “Dad, most PCC students are taking a full course load PLUS working at least one job, with long commutes. We just don’t have any time for that other stuff….”

So my take is this: yes, the “whiteness” event is kooky and to be criticized. But don’t write off this school on that account. My sons are getting excellent educations, at an unbeatable price. One is in the EMT/Paramedic program, and the other is getting his AA and then transferring to a four-year university in pursuit of a liberal arts degree in the humanities (in fact, he’s almost certainly going to end up getting an MA or even a Ph.D.). PCC has been a godsend.

Up until four years ago, we lived a block from PCC, and on my commute home from work I rode the bus with PCC students every day. Generally speaking, they were a very impressive bunch of kids: serious, focused, working hard at their studies. I often talked with them about their classes and career goals.

Oh, I’m not surprised about the student body. I wish, though, someone would speak out against this racialist garbage. It would be interesting to see what the student body did with the knowledge that the administration of their college thinks they need to be re-educated to understand why they are bad because of the color of their skin.

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#1 Comment By mike On January 21, 2016 @ 9:51 am

I find it astonishing that anyone could look at the current state of the country-both in politics and in the Academy-and conclude that identity politics isn’t almost solely a leftist phenomenon. Yes, we can stay squarely focused on the past, but several decades of laws designed to address clear wrongdoing by people who are long since dead, clearly show we are trying to create a better future.

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On January 21, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

Well, Mike, I’ll take your word for it that you find it astonishing. Some of us take a long view of history, and realize that “the current state of the country” is only a freeze frame in a long movie reel.

Yes, those misnomered as “the left” who are really a comfortable lot of social liberals whom no real labor, working class, or socialist agitator has respect for (except they can occasionally be induced to give money by some means or other) are at present rather addicted to various forms of “identity politics.” But then, Nigel Farage is running on “identity politics,” and he uses those precise words. So are all those here who play up their love of Trump as the loud mouthed billionaire who will stand up for the white working class. You can’t talk up “white” interests without playing an identity politics card.

several decades of laws designed to address clear wrongdoing by people who are long since dead, clearly show we are trying to create a better future

What do you mean “we” kimosabe? Different laws, in different decades, often poorly written or compromised, show that some pattern of political coalitions was trying to respond to some present imperative. They were enforced in various ways, at various times, with some success and some failure, and what people think now is based on what the quality of their life really is, not on what some history book says someone tried to do for them in the abstract.

Again, if you were to say that its not the fault of the “white working class” that we don’t have a color-blind race-free society now, I would agree. And if you assert that wealthy “white” liberals are not really the black man’s true friend, well, most people of African descent know that very well.

While the NAACP Inc. Fund attorneys file friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage, the NAACP is not conducting assertive membership education on the subject, because they know very well it would provoke a backlash. They’re trying to maintain political alliances with a little old fashioned horse trading while not alienating their mass base. That’s an old story, in any kind of politics or movement. Real life is never simple, nor does it conform to any paradigm of purity. That’s why saints are so rare — and often martyred.

#3 Comment By Trissan On January 22, 2016 @ 11:20 am

“The project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” I fail to see your issue with this goal. It appears you may have also missed this, as the article made a giant leap from the stated intention direcly to the land of “they’re hating on us again” without saying why this goal irks you.

#4 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On January 23, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

There is nothing more vague and uninformative that a mission statement or a sentence setting forth in the blandest general language what the goal of anything might be.

#5 Comment By Farren McDonald On November 15, 2016 @ 1:17 am

It’s just another piece of the EU puzzle, folks.

CETA, foreign media control, foreign corporate ownership of all Canadian industry, participating in the Syrian ‘crisis’ which is entirely Clinton’s finagling because her and Billy wanted their own pipeline in the middle east instead of Russia…etc, etc.

Hell…they’ve even infiltrated all the schools with pro-Moslem rhetoric and the universities with pro-EU political sciences curriculum (taught by sycophantic cronies).

On and on it goes.
They have so many shams and con-games and cover-ups going it’s mind-boggling.

They may or may not succeed in their Globalist cabal. I hope not, but at this point I no longer care. You’ve got to figure, though, that they failed with Brexit, they failed with Trump. Now the world is waking up to their corruption and media control. But still there are so many ignorant, stupid, reactionary people who will believe any lie – so long as it’s told convincingly by a charmer – that it’s truly sickening and disheartening.

And so I give up on the whole thing.

I’m packing up and heading out to the forest in the middle of nowhere, and I won’t be exposing myself to the corruption of the world ever again. No more Globalist-controlled media for me – of any sort.

Canada has been sold out by Trudeau, folks. Most of you don’t believe that, but you will soon enough.

Once you discover what he did, and how we’ve lost our nation’s sovereignty to a pack of psychopathic multinationalists in Brussels and Stasbourg, and why there are no more jobs in any sector, why you’ve been inundated with tens of millions of migrants who hate everything about you, once you realize the mistake you’ve made – it will be too late.

You will be denied the right to have a referendum to leave the EU deathgrip of destruction – just as they have done to most every member state who tried leaving, with the only exception being Britain.

You won’t even be ‘allowed’ to vote out their puppet: Trudeau.

So goodbye, naive world, and good luck.

By this time next year, you will be paying for every drop of water you use – in a land that has the most fresh water on the entire planet.

Say goodbye to everything you took for granted, because it will eventually be gone.

Then a central bank will be installed.
Your beloved RCMP will become fully militarized and re-categorized officially as the North American branch of the European Army.

You will not be allowed to work.
You will not be allowed to vote.
You WILL be replaced with cheaper labour from South America.
You WILL be driven into destitution and homelessness as billionaire Asians are encouraged to ‘lease’ all land in our former country.
Your children WILL be beaten up, abused, sexually assaulted and worse, by the orchestrated plan and scheme of religious and social division.

So good luck, former ‘Canadians’.

I think you’ll need it.