White people are too pervasive according to a Western Washington University student project released Wednesday, which badgers Caucasians over systemic racism and their lack of “historical knowledge.”
WWU senior Matthew Ferris compiled the project, “founded on research that white people know less about the systemic nature of racism,” to force the acknowledgment of systemic racism on whites and their “pervasiveness.”
“Due to the lack of critical historical knowledge that whites in America have, there is a level of dissonance and ignorance surrounding systemic racism,” the summary states, adding that “specifically white people” must be taught the “realities of systemic racism.”
WWU associate professor Dr. Brett Coleman is listed as an advisor for the project. The Daily Caller reached out to Coleman for further information but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Ferris’ project includes an interactive “Revealing Systemic Racism” map pointing to examples in northwest Washington, where black people face housing discrimination and underrepresentation within community leadership.
It also cites redlining — a bank’s racist lending practices — as an issue in Seattle’s central district.
The map describes how a Settler Days event in Ferndale, Washington, is deemed by local news as a remembrance of “the good ole’ days,” a phrase demeaning to indigenous people. And a Lynden, Washington, post office painting of a European settler taking over Indigenous land could be offensive to non-whites using that public facility, according to the map.
“The research is rooted in the ‘Marley Hypothesis’ that if you don’t know your history you don’t know ‘where you are comin’ from,'” Ferris describes in a Prezi.