October 16, 2012

Well, duh. That's because the theory is bullsh**

University of Rochester Professor Stephanie Li claims Romney is successful "because he is white."

The Romney’s [sic] shortsightedness on this issue demonstrates their ignorance of one of the central ideas in the field of critical race studies, the unearned privileges accorded to whiteness. In her foundational essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh likens whiteness to “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.”

Oh gee! The Romneys are ignorant of Critical Race Theory! What a shame! As if there is something wrong with ignoring a theory that is, for all intents and purposes, post-modernist bullsh**. Whoopee-freakin'-do.

I had to read McIntosh's essay for grad class way back when. The [graduate student] instructor didn't like it much when I questioned it and pointed out its shortcomings.

Posted by Hube at October 16, 2012 07:01 PM | TrackBack

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I know that feeling.... when I was in school I often drew the ire of liberal teachers if I dissented from their program. In middle school I criticized my art teacher's use of "B.C.E." instead of "B.C." to describe the era before Christ's birth. She reprimanded me and told me that it was "time for mankind to move on from religion." In my junior year I had to take an environmental studies class (because I needed a science credit) and we were forced to watch "An Inconvenient Truth." I wrote a reaction deconstructing all of Gore's "points" and proving them to be false. The teacher, in response, flunked me. And my senior year, I was forced to watch that anti-Fox News documentary "Outfoxed." Once again I wrote a reaction criticizing the movie and pointed that most people, the teacher included, who criticized Fox News had never actually watched it and therefore didn't know what they were talking about. My grade went from an "A" to a "D" pretty quickly.

Posted by: Carl at October 16, 2012 11:36 PM

I would love to read a post where you describe your interactions with the instructor over the MacIntosh essay. That would be a satisfying read!

Posted by: W.R. Chandler at October 17, 2012 03:04 PM

Chanman: I can do that many times better. But I'll have to e-mail you it (for obvious reasons).

Posted by: Hube at October 18, 2012 05:20 PM