A Pennsylvania professor wants other educators to dismantle their students’ belief in hard work and “whiteness ideologies,” according to an academic piece.
Angela Putman, a public speaking professor at Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine, made the assertions in an academic study after polling students that attended her “white privilege” seminar, reported Campus Reform. Putman was displeased that students supported “whiteness ideologies” when agreeing with statements like “everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success” and “if I can work hard, I can be successful.”
Students “are socialized to believe that we got to where we are…because of our own individual efforts,” Putman said in her study, labeling meritocracy as a social construct. “Whiteness ideologies may be reproduced through a general acceptance and unchallenging of norms, as well as through everyday discourse from a wide variety of racial positionalities.”
The professor suggested that educators use “role-play activities,” films, and discussions to teach social justice concepts.
“One common misconception that many people, especially white people, have about racism is that it is about individuals and individual actions,” she wrote in 2016, suggesting that whites have a higher responsibility than others to dismantle racism based on the color of their skin.
“Talk to your children about race, social justice, and valuing difference,” Putman advised whites. “If the system is to be dismantled, we need the younger generation to buy-in now.”
“Attend protests and rallies… but not if you aren’t willing to be arrested,” she also suggested, theorizing that people might start thinking differently about Black Lives Matter if media coverage started focusing on whites getting arrested. “White people should be the ones at the front of the lines, holding their ground, and forcing officers to arrest them first.”
Putman’s social justice sentiments extend into her social media presence, where she shared a post from football player and national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick which likened modern police officers to runaway slave patrols.
A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to both the professor and PSU for comment, but received none in time for press.
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