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Stanford University to Offer Course this Fall on ‘Abolishing Whiteness’

Ah, those rotten white people.

Important that we study them, however. That way, we’ll know not to emulate anything like them in the future.

Or something.


On that note, Stanford University, The College Fix has learned, is offering a charming anthropology course this fall – an upper-level course, no less – that discusses, according to an official course description, the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness.”

According to the description, the seminar, called “White Identity Politics,” looks at the subject from the vantage point of “whiteness studies and from contemporary writings that push whiteness studies in new directions.”

There are “whiteness studies?”

“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices, including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity,” reads the course description.

The College Fix reports that it reached out to the instructor, John Patrick Moran, for comment, but that its inquiry was referred to the communications office at Stanford. Responding to The Fix via email, Stanford spokesman Ernest Miranda said, in part, that “’abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”

Asked by The Fix for a copy of the syllabus, Miranda declined, saying that “we do not share our course materials.”

Makes sense; why would Stanford want to share any of this?

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large