A University of North Carolina Workshop Just Labeled Something ‘White Privilege.’ It’s INSANE.

Students at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill are now being rated, numerically based on how much “white privilege” they have, according to Campus Reform. One indication of how much privilege a student has is whether the student can match bandages with the color of his or her skin.

As part of a “cultural competency workshop”, students are taught to “develop a sense of self-awareness and an understanding of privilege” by participating in several activities. One of those activities, the “white privilege survey,” asks students a series of questions meant to analyze how much privilege they have.

“Because of my skin color… I can choose blemish cover or bandages in 'flesh' color and have them more or less match the color of my skin,” one statement reads, to which students have to “score 5 if the statement is often true for you,” “score 3 if the statement is sometimes true for you,” and “score 0 if the statement is seldom or never true for you.”

The following are some other questions meant to quantify the student’s level of white privilege at UNC:

1. I can be in the company of people of my race most of the time...

8. I can go into most supermarkets and find the staple foods which fit with my racial/ethnic traditions; I can go into any hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair...

11. I can swear, dress in secondhand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race...

18. I can conveniently buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race...

A document on structural racism linked on the Cultural Wellness webpage describes the topic which will be discussed in the workshop. An excerpt from the book, “Laissez-Faire Racism” by Lawrence Bobo, is included in the curriculum to label the kind of kind of racism which the workshop alleges exists in the U.S. post-World War II and “Jim Crow racism.” According to the book, “laissez-faire racist ideology” is synonymous with modern capitalism!

Instead, the institutionalized racial inequalities created by the long era of slavery followed by Jim Crow racism are now popularly accepted and condoned under a modern free market or laissez-faire racist ideology. Laissez-faire racism involves persistent negative-stereotyping of African Americans, a tendency to blame blacks themselves for the black-white gap in socioeconomic standing, and resistance to meaningful political efforts to ameliorate U.S. racist social conditions and institutions.

According to a manual linked on the Cultural Wellness page, one can achieve "cultural competence" by learning extensively about the "important aspects" of the cultural backgrounds and experiences of others "with a focus on sexuality-related issues."

A handbook for people running the workshop does not clarify whether all students are required to take the workshop but it does mention that at least some students are “mandated to attend.” The workshop is said to take 60 minutes to several hours, depending on which activity the student participating in the workshop chooses.

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