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December 2007

Academic consciousness raising

On "diversity awareness" at the University of Delaware.

Consider, for example, the way they were nattering on about such issues at the University of Delaware. As has been widely reported, a consciousness-raising program, orchestrated by the university and carried out by a cadre of Resident Assistants, aimed at (among other things) rooting out “racism” and other non-progressive attitudes about subjects like homosexuality, patriotism, the environment, capitalism, etc. Who or what is a racist? The training materials for those entrusted with overseeing the mandatory program in “diversity awareness” explain:

A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e. people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture, or sexuality.

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