Western Washington students want to form college focused on defeating white supremacy

Somehow that “system of whiteness” in the United States helped to elect the first African American president. But SJWs are never satisfied.
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Via MyNorthwest.com: Two students who are helping form a new college aimed at social justice told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross the “system of whiteness is the problem.”
Students at Western Washington University have banded together to form the college. Two of those students, who identified themselves as Aisha and Berger, said the issues at the forefront of their cause can be confusing for people unfamiliar with the academic territory. “White people are not the problem. The system of whiteness is the problem. There is a huge difference between those two things,” Berger explained.
“… We have been socialized to be very much steeped in white supremacy,” Berger said. “When we talk about whiteness, it’s not just about the color of your skin. We’re talking about all these norms that are created and pushed on us through institutions such as schooling, religious entities, and family units. That is how culture is reproduced, through these systems. Schooling being key sites.”
The Student Assembly for Power and Liberation has started an online petition calling for the formation of the College of Power and Liberation. The purpose of the college would be to “make Western Washington University a national leader in the development of academic programs that are committed to social justice.”
In its online petition, the student group lays out the structure of the college, which includes demanding the university hire 10 faculty members to work at the college, creating work study programs for 20 percent of students enrolled in the program, finding physical space for the college, and funding resource materials among other things.
The group also wants $50,000 to fund an opening symposium for the college. It also wants to form a 15 person, paid student committee called the Office for Social Transformation that will monitor, document and archive all racist, anti-black, transphobic, cissexist, misogynistic, ableist, homophobic, islamophobic, xenophobic, anti-semitic and otherwise oppressive behavior on campus. The petition states that examples of this behavior are often found in faculty curriculum and interactions with university administration, police or other students.
The students further demand that students who have been victims of harassment or acts of violence be compensated in the form of tuition reimbursement. This includes being affected through the university’s policies on the basis of gender, sexuality, ability, or race.
“Dealing with microaggression and any form of oppression is very detrimental to students, especially because we are trying to get an education,” Aisha said. “With this college, it will allow students to critically analyze and question systems of power that have historically and presently been racist or homophobic, transphobic or other forms of oppression. Through teaching American society these things, there will be a proliferation of people being aware of the harms of these types of behaviors,” she said.

WWU President Bruce Shepard

WWU President Bruce Shepard


On March 1, Western Washington University Bruce Shepard referred the proposal to the student government at the university. He wrote that such a submission to his office is “backwards” from how things normally work at Western, noting that the school has a “bottom-up” approach to curriculum. “The proposal is problematic, initially coming, as it has, to my office. This is because Western works bottom up, not top down … No president can simply command such developments as those contained in the proposal.”
Shepard wrote that the proposal “brings out-of-the-box thoughtfulness to subjects of vital importance to Western and that so many across our campus are working on.” But he also states that faculty is usually relied upon for steering curriculum, as well as the university’s commissions and councils.
While the university president doesn’t ask for any action on the proposal, he does argue that it contradicts various aspects of the university’s operations. He stated, “The proposal would fundamentally contradict our policies, practices, mutually bargained contracts, and federal law and policy on such matters as faculty evaluation and discipline, student conduct and discipline, the investigation of alleged racist behaviors, and the planning of facilities, spaces, and residence halls. I further find, in the proposal, language possibly threatening our core commitments to campus-wide inclusivity and, again possibly, to academic freedom. The proposal is also problematic for it would have large budgetary impacts but is missing a critical component of any complete proposal; namely, a credible approach for funding.”
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Mother124
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Mother124

I’ll believe these clowns when they give up their own tuition to a non-white person to go to college.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Mother124 . . . That is the best idea I have ever heard. It would truly show the depth of commitment these young people have in all this leftist nonsense.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

More “special snowflake” idiocy– rebates for perceived butthurt! (Free tuition, just complain enough– make up more and more grievances until they have to pay you, in fact.)

Dr. Eowyn
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More lunacy from academe. I’m so glad I got out when things were beginning to unravel. That being said, I mourn what used to be the world’s premier college & university system. 🙁

Anonymous
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Young people, 1966; young people, 2016:comment image

squirrelmistresssquirrelmistress
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i knew the day would come that kids made going to school a payday. where is this feeling of pussified, butthurt entitlement coming from? i would be ashamed and horrified if one of my children acted like this. this is what comes from parents giving sports awards to children just for “being there”. and catering to their spoiled progeny’s every whim. it’s called growing up and taking responsibility kids, get used to it.

stevor
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Good idea:
Step 1 – EDUCATE the students to reality and get them to WORK instead of just complaining about others.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Any body still believe that “strength in diversity” nonsense?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

After #BLM, only Leftists idiots (now, wait, there’re a lot of them… especially among Democrats).

SapphireSunday
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SapphireSunday

The comments are funny and many of the signatures are obvious fakes, such as “Cis White Male Misogynist Scum.” It renews my faith in the younger generations.

SapphireSunday
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SapphireSunday

Surely one of the very things they will need to be protected from, and which will necessarily have to be documented and investigated, is any student writing “Trump 2016” in chalk all around campus and/or also having the audacity to micro-aggress by wearing Trump paraphernalia, such as a red hat.

christy
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christy

OMG!!! Build your own school with your own money allow only your approved colors in and exist on ONLY your own wits and funds. When are these people going to wake up and realize that “whiteness” is probably supporting their institutions their scholarships, athletics departments and all the other perks? Take a ride through Detroit cause that’s what would more than likely become of their fine SJW University. I bet they would miss old whitey then!

M. Wilk
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M. Wilk

What I believe these people who hate so-called “white privilege” really are jealous of and hate is our higher self-esteem which allows us to feel better about ourselves ad create a better life. Instead of attempting to force whites to bend to their will and lower ourselves into their non self-esteem, how about all those who feel this way rid themselves of this inner hatred and jealousy of people and raise their consciousness and feeling world to greater self-esteem and then they too will have a better life and self-worth.

josephbc69
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I attended this school for two years way back in 1961-1963, when it was Wa State College, and we had a very fine overall situation. I was even hired by Abe Osheroff to help install his wife’s giant ceramic animal statues around what were then brand-new dorms on the hills to one side of the old campus. Along w/a now long-deceased English prof. and a few campus Christians & conservatives, I organised the very first ever peace march to the Peace Arch at Blaine, Wa. We were in serious times and dealt w/them responsibly, w/o violence or demands. How times… Read more »

CalGirl
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Blah Blah Blah. And then, one day the REAL WORLD smacks you on the HEAD…….teaches you SO MUCH MORE than you EVER learned in school (any kind/level of school). One day, you just HAVE to wake up and FEED YOURSELF…MAYBE even your KIDS…..even if it’s a “pony up” to the “welfare” line……paid for by all those “asinine” people you HATE.