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    Default College Course Asks Students to Set Aside American-ness, Whiteness

    A political-science course at Indianas Butler University is asking students to discard the mindset of American-ness, and maleness alone with whiteness, heterosexuality, and middle-class status. The syllabus for Butlers course in Political Science 201, taught by Professor Robin Turner, indicates that students are expected to use inclusive language that affirms racial and ethnic background, stages of maturity, and degrees of limiting conditions. According to the syllabus, the use of such language is a fundamental issue of social justice.

    The disputed portion of the syllabus for Butlers Political Science 201″:



    Butler University is standing by both Professor Turners course requirements, which came under fire from a student who wrote in The College Fix that he dropped the course because of them. A spokeswomen for the university, Courtney Tuell, told National Review Online that the use of inclusive language is both encouraged and supported at Butler University and is a standard for many writing styles. Tuell said that students are not asked to disregard any aspect of their identities, but rather to write and speak in a way that does not assume one group or another. Such dialogue helps prepare our students to interact with others professionally and fairly in an increasingly diverse America, she said in an e-mail. And it creates a respectful environment for all people.
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    Leave Your Whiteness At The Door
    November 30, 2012 by Sam Rolley

    On the syllabus for a political science class, a professor at Butler University in Indiana directs students to leave their American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status at the door.

    School officials, asked if the directive was made out of the assumption that white, middle-class, male students were inherently racist or misogynist, said that it simply serves to negate prejudices that may exist.

    Sometimes in order to broaden the conversation and broaden the understandings youve got to risk making people uncomfortable, Jay Howard, dean of Butlers College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, told The College Fix. Theres nothing about a college education that guarantees you wont be made uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, if youre never made uncomfortable in your college education, youre not really getting a college education.

    And, for one journalism student at the school, the idea of being labeled proved a little too uncomfortable.

    In an article about the teachers policy, the student writes:

    Clearly, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University believes its students were raised as racist and misogynist homophobes who have grown to harbor many prejudices, a stance that is both offensive and hostile to any students ability to learn.

    As a student at an institution predominantly focused on the liberal arts, I expected to hear professors express opinions different from my own. I did not expect to be judged before I ever walked through the door, and did not think I would be forced to agree with my teachers worldviews or suffer the consequences.

    Being judged and forced to act a certain way is antithetical to how any institution of higher education should conduct itself.

    As a journalism major, I will now strive to avoid the liberal arts college as much as possible, not because the college fails to provide its students with any practical knowledge, but because the college seeks to indoctrinate its students with a hostile paradigm that views people like mean American, white, heterosexual male from a middle-class backgroundas evil; whitey-righty need not attend.


    The policy does beg the question: Does the professor not feel it is important to ask black students to leave their blackness at the door, Hispanic students to leave their ethnicity, gay students to leave their gayness? If were going to pretend it is about making people uncomfortable to expand our horizons, shouldnt we all be uncomfortable?

    Of course, as California State University Long Beach professor Kevin MacDonald recently learned, suggesting that being white, straight or middle-class should not come with some antique guilt will not make you popular in the field of higher education.
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    Check, check, check, check, and check.

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    Sorry I'm so offensive to everyone else. My bad, entirely. I'll certainly try not to be myself anymore. Anyone that doesn't meet these 5 criteria, please, go ahead of me in the entitlement line. I'll stand back and contemplate how I got to be so lucky. Maybe cut my legs off at the knees in the name of fairness.
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    Back when I was single, I wish I could check my "whiteness" on the dance floor.

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    Back when I was single, I wish I could check my "whiteness" on the dance floor.

 

 

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