Dismantle Whiteness? University Backlash Over SJW Banner

A banner that was put up by feminists at the University of Southern California is creating an enormous backlash for what critics say is an example of liberal racism. Reading “DISMANTLE WHITENESS AND MISOGYNY ON THIS CAMPUS,” the poster was recently affixed to an archway leading to the school’s journalism building. Its creators say the purpose of the banner is to raise awareness of “racism, sexism, and xenophobia.” According to the College Fix, it was the brainchild of three separate groups of feminists on campus. Apparently no one in any of these groups thought white students might take exception to a message that seemingly targets them for extinction. Or, to put it another way, no one cared.

Asked for comment by the College Fix, a sympathetic professor said, “The installation is intended to spark dialogue. To that end, the signage is meant to offer grounding of terms and ideas. There is no expectation that everyone agree with the statement offered by the artists, but hopefully viewers can acknowledge the experience of peers on campus around these issues.”

Right, it’s perfectly innocuous, because it acknowledges “the experience of peers on campus?” Yet when there were signs going up that said, “It’s OK to be white” – about the least controversial thing you could possibly write on a banner – there was near-hysterical outrage from the left. And it was only quelled because they quickly realized that the banners were there specifically to invoke that reaction. Had the prankish nature of those signs never been revealed, you can bet we would have seen outrage that would have made the Confederate flag controversy look like tiny potatoes in comparison.

Now, to be completely fair to these social justice warriors so that they have no room to hide behind statements of “We’re being misrepresented,” we’ll concede that, to their view, “whiteness” does not necessarily mean the genetic structure of having white skin or descending from a Caucasian bloodline. They see it as a social structure that prevents minorities from succeeding.

“Distinct from being white, whiteness refers to an unmarked and unnamed place of advantage, privilege or domination; a lens through which white people tend to see themselves and others; an organizing principle that shapes institutions, policies, and social relations,” the campus organizers explain.

Fair enough. But you don’t exactly need a crystal ball to predict what would happen if posters went up saying “DISMANTLE BLACKNESS,” even though you could make the exact same argument. The distinguishing feature that makes a poster like this “ok” in today’s SJW, PC climate is that the only people being criticized ARE PEOPLE WITH WHITE SKIN. And this is a trend on the left, where so-called “majorities” – which include men – are subject to any degree of mockery, disdain, and criticism, while minorities of any stripe under the sun are not only above that, but above any dissent whatsoever.

The problem, as always, is the venomous ideology of identity politics where facts don’t matter nearly as much as whatever racial/sexual category a person belongs to. It is the terminal at which reason and logic die, and it’s sickening to see it gain such a foothold at places that are supposed to be dedicated to those two concepts above all else.

Written by Andrew


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