A Pennsylvania State University professor thinks it’s high time we disavow students of the notion that hard work is the pathway to success. Angela Putman, a public speaking professor at the university, published an academic article last week that criticized concepts like hard work and merit-based success as myths that perpetuate (what else?) white privilege in America.
Students, she argued, “are socialized to believe that we got to where we are because of our own individual efforts.” She said it was up to her fellow professors to stop “perpetuating and reifying whiteness,” the concept of which is strengthened by the idea of individualism and the notion that the ladder to success is fundamental to the American dream.
In surveying students, Putman was discouraged to find that many of them had bought into “whiteness ideologies” like “if I work hard, I can be successful.” Or “everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success.” These statements, of course, are contrary to the entire liberal agenda, which is built on the premise that whites are born on third base while all other minorities have to start in the dugout. With weights attached to their feet. And blindfolds over their eyes.
Putman believes that it’s up to “woke” college professors to undo these damaging beliefs in their impressionable young students. From College Reform:
While Putman believes that schools chiefly perpetuate these harmful ideologies, she also believes that college professors aren’t powerless, saying they can help undo students’ belief in meritocracy and equal opportunity through intensive re-education.
Professors should teach students “how racism and whiteness function in various contexts, the powerful influence of systems and institutions, and the pervasiveness of whiteness ideologies within the United States,” she adds, recommending the use of “role-play activities” and “readings, discussions, films, and activities.”
Once students learn more about whiteness ideologies, Putman hopes that they will “resist perpetuating and reifying whiteness through their own discourse and interactions,” and learn to fight “manifestations of racism and whiteness within U.S. institutions and systems.”
Enough has been said about the sheer sickness of this mentality and the harm it’s doing to young men and women – especially minorities who now feel that the system is stacked against them and that they bear no responsibility for their own successes and failures.
But we have to wonder at this point what the endgame to all of this really is. These academics must know that the majority of Americans are NEVER going to abandon a belief in hard work and individualized success. It’s woven into the very fabric of who we are as a nation. It is why we ARE the nation that we are. With every step these academics, with their race theories and their white privileges and their gender constructs, take to the left, the more people they leave behind. The left is self-destructing, and they don’t seem to have a clue.