UPDATE: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has released a statement addressing concerns about its “Problem with Whiteness” course.
“Whites rarely or never questioned what it is to be white.”
“So you go through life taking it for granted without ever questioning or critically interrogating it.”
Next semester, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will get to check their privilege (or at least the privilege of their peers) in Sajnani’s class.
The professor, interestingly enough, is an assistant professor in African Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science.
Professor McDreamy’s looks aren’t the only thing raising eyebrows, though.
Sajnani has published many articles, proving his credentials in the “problems of whiteness,” with titles like “Hip-Hop’s Origin as Organic Decolonization,” “Rapping in the Light: American Africanism and Rap Minstrelsy” and “Jay-Z is 1%, Not Hip-Hop”
Professor Sajnani also told The College Fix in the same interview that the course is meant to enlighten his students.
“One of the main goals in the class will be to understand race and identity and how it impacts lives on a daily basis, he said. One of the talking points is juxtaposing white privilege and white power, and how the two can be intertwined and similar to each other.”
So, on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, feel free to join Professor Sajnani in “African 405: ‘The Problem of Whiteness.'” The course’s description begins with this:
“Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “no.” But here is your chance!”
In the course, students will read classics such as:
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1920. “The Souls of White Folks” in Dark Water
George Yancy, 2010. Look, a White!
Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015. Between the World and Me
Damon Sajnani, 2015. “Rachel/Racial Theory: Reverse Passing in the Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal”
Tim Wise, 2016. White Lies Matter: Race, Crime, and the Politics of Fear in America
In case you thought this course was somehow going to be a steal, think again. The price for this 3 hour credit course–$1,349.31 for a resident and $4,130.52 for a non-resident.
Perhaps one should invest in reading the book version?