Portland Community College -in its infinite wisdom- has decided to make the month of April “Whiteness History Month.”
The so-called educational project is nothing more than an opportunity for the higher education establishment to shame students for something over which they have no control: the color of their skin.
If Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would be appalled.
Portland Community College has designated April “Whiteness History Month” (WHM), an “educational project” exploring how the “construct of whiteness” creates racial inequality.
“‘Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change’ is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins, and heritage,” PCC states on its website. “Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.”
… According to a sub-page defining the term (adapted from a definition developed by the University of Calgary), whiteness “does not simply refer to skin color[,] but [to] an ideology based on beliefs, values, behaviors, habits, and attitudes, which result in the unequal distribution of power and privilege based on skin color.”
Dr. King believed in character over color, and empowerment over entitlement. One has to think he would condemn any program that makes unnecessary and divisive judgements of people based on the way they look.
If there were any programs like this for a race, color, or creed other than “white,” there would be national outrage and the president of the college would have already resigned.
Portland Community College needs a serious reality (and morality) check.