In a lecture at Boston University this week, so-called “whiteness studies” Professor Robin DiAngelo told an eager audience of students that they should disregard MLK’s dream of having everyone judged by the content of their character and instead see the concept of a colorblind society as a “dangerous” one for minorities.
The University of Washington professor has made a cottage industry out of lecturing white people about how terrible they are, which of course includes guiltily admitting, over and over again, how terrible she is as well. How these people ever manage to get out of bed in the morning with all this racial guilt hanging around their necks is a mystery. Though it would be immeasurably better for society if they were to suddenly find it impossible.
Unfortunately DiAngelo, like so many others in the business of telling white people how evil they are, seems to be thriving in our brand new social justice-oriented economy. With an enormous number of leftists hungry to hear more about how White America is the scourge of the planet, DiAngelo feels emboldened to make ever-more-ridiculous claims about the state of racial relations in this country. And boy, did she make a few on Monday.
According to The College Fix, DiAngelo lamented that many whites say things like: “I was taught to treat everyone the same, or some version of that.”
That, she says, is a bad way of looking at the world.
“If you are being honest, you’ve probably said it,” she said, but she concluded that such a goal was unachievable. “Your parents could lecture you to do it but you don’t do it, you can’t do it, there is no human objectivity.”
When people say things like that to her, she immediately knows that they don’t “understand basic socialization” and that they are “not self-aware.”
“And I need to give a heads up to the white people in the room,” she said. “When people of color hear us say this, they’re generally not thinking, ‘Alright, I’m talking to a woke white person right now.’ Usually some version of eye-rolling is going on, and a wall is going up. My friend Erin Trent Johnson – she says, ‘When I hear a white person say this, what I am thinking is: ‘This is a dangerous white person. This is a white person who is going to need to deny my reality.’”
Well, to tell you the truth, we do our fair share of eye-rolling when we hear the term “people of color,” but that’s just us.
The alternative to treating everyone the same, apparently, is to simply embark on a lifelong quest to destroy one’s own “whiteness.”
“I’d like to be a little less white,” DiAngelo said. “Which means a little less oppressive, oblivious, defensive, ignorant and arrogant.”
Funny, because the words “ignorant,” “arrogant,” and “oblivious” were already swirling around in our heads. For some reason.