A professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee is calling for the complete “abolition of whiteness,” arguing that only then can America end the scourge of racism.
Of course, as a white guy, Professor Gregory Jay isn’t calling for the abolition of white people, because given his melanin deficiency, he’d be the first one on the bus, but for the notion that there is even such a thing as whiteness.
To explain his theory, he points to such White Sins as Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day, Moby Dick, To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn. These are merely ways to “ghettoize” the question of race or merely to make white people “feel good about themselves,” CampusReform reports.
His website is titled “Whiteness Studies and Whiteness Privilege,” but it’s really just a dissection of how awful white people have been over the years to anyone with dark sin. In one handout called “Teaching about Whiteness,” there is very little actually taught about “whiteness.” Rather it’s merely an invocation to the reader to consider how terribly racist white people are.
For example, readers are told to ask themselves a series of questions about “whiteness,” such as “How can ‘white’ people play productive roles in undoing the legacies of racism?”
In one instance, when discussing a popular allegory from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Professor Jay expounds on a quotation about the “whiteness of the whale.”
“The great white whale of racism is a white invention,” he suggests. “It was white people who invented the idea of race in the first place, and it is white people who have become obsessed and consumed by it until, like Captain Ahab, they have become entangled so deeply in pursuing its nature that they self-destruct in the process.”
The solution to all this horrible racism committed by white people? The total “abolition of whiteness.” Only then will racism end… “when the white whale that has been the source of so may delusions is finally left to disappear beneath the sea of time forever.”
Throughout his research, Professor Jay accuses whites of being complacent and ignorant, engaging in “self-deception” and that their racism and ignorance of race “has been an historical constant.”
In another essay, Jay switches the discussion to some popular celebrations of African-Americans in America, such as MLK Day and Black History Month. Jay, though, thinks these holidays “once more ghettoize the question of race.”
As if his own work on the topic weren’t enough, Jay also links to some articles written by his esteemed colleagues in the field, one of whom proffers that “white trash” is racist because it “indirectly states that just plain ‘Trash.” [sic] is black.”
Another PowerPoint on Jay’s website seeks to provide a “short history of white supremacy” by explaining “what white people are saying” and “what white people are not saying.”
“Just because I’m white doesn’t make me a racist [sic]” and “anybody can be a racist, no matter their skin color” are apparently two statements that white people are saying.
Then, in a graph at the end of his presentation, Jay displays the median net worth of white, Hispanic, and black households, with whites earning vastly more than the other two races. The graph does not, however, say anything about the recorded net worth of other ethnicities, like Asians or Indians.
The presentation concludes that regardless of a person’s individual actions, if he or she is white then that individual still profits from “the institutional racism of the American system.”