Professor pushes students to focus on “problem of whiteness”

A Fairfield University professor is suggesting to her students and fellow educators that they should focus on the “problem of whiteness” and the “power of whiteness.”

Dr. Kris Sealey spoke at a recent diversity conference for employees of Jesuit colleges. The conference was held June 13-16, and titled “Where Do We Go From Here: Creating An Intersectional Vision for Radical Social Change.”

According to The College Fix, Sealey told attendees, “So more and more, the courses that I teach on race have become courses in which I expect my students to engage in the hegemonic power of whiteness.”

She reportedly listed the “proven advantages” of her agenda:

Whiteness means a specific power apparatus that exists at the expense of the disempowerment of black people.

To be white in the U.S. is to be a perpetuator of the power apparatus unless one actively and consistently resists.

It is possible, perhaps necessary, to acknowledge one’s personal implications in the white power apparatus.

Whiteness means a specific power apparatus that exists at the expense of the disempowerment of black people. To be white in the U.S. is to be a perpetuator of the power apparatus unless one actively and consistently resists. It is possible, perhaps necessary, to acknowledge one’s personal implications in the white power apparatus.

One of the classes she teaches is listed as “BL 101: Black Lives Matter.”

“If I have opportunity to mentor students or partner with students in any sort of scholarship or intellectual project, my first choice is always to find a woman of color who might be interested in working with me,” Sealey stated, beginning at the 4 minute mark in the 2015 interview below.

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