So apparently the Minneapolis Community and Technical College has a few problems regarding talking about racism—namely, they keep getting offended that someone has the gall to say that whites are in a position of power and that racism against non-white people is often perpetuated by whites.
Quote Shannon Gibney, the professor being reprimanded because she dared to talk about racism perpetuated by white people in class:
[One of the white students asked,] ‘Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?’ I was shocked… It was not in a calm way. His whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.
Another white male student said, ‘Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?’
I tried to say, ‘You guys are trying to take it personally. This is not a personal attack. We’re not all white people, you white people in general. We’re talking about whiteness as a system of oppression.’
And so I’m quite familiar, unfortunately, with how that works — and how the institutional structures and powers reinforce this white male supremacy, basically, and that sort of narrative, and way of seeing the world.
And so I said, ‘You know, if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.’
In other words, a few white students complained—nay, whined about the fact that there is a large amount of racism perpetuated by whites, and that there is a paradigm that says that white is better.
And of course, the administration there happened to agree with these white students, and told Gibney off for teaching about racism.
Apparently talking about racism perpetuated by white people is TOTALLY racist against white people, because how dare you say that throughout history white people have had more power and privilege than non-white people. That’s like totally racist and totally untrue, ’cause racism is totally over in ‘Merica.