Shame on these snowflakes, look at what Otto has accomplished and it was no small feat. How much microagression did he tolerate? Just look at him, there is so much that can be said to “snub” him. Did it ruin his life?
Here’s a thought snowflakes: the world could care less about your pathetic feelings. The world is large and you might have a safe space now, but that isn’t the real world. PC means nothing except that you need to be coddled. The world is not your parental units. Someday you will figure out that life is too short and your whining speaks volumes about one very important aspect of life…you need to grow up. I’m not sure, but did you not get that memo early on about life not being fair? Who raised you? Alert the press, you weren’t the only “special” snowflake created? As for poser teachers like this one, well let’s say that they are making lots of money when it comes to your “special” feelings.
Dr. Matias is an assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her article, Why do you make me hate myself?: Re-Teaching Whiteness, Abuse, and Love in Urban Teacher Education, was published in Teaching Education this year.
In her article, Matias writes that teachers must address “normalized, oppressive Whiteness,” saying that a “colorblind” society cannot truly exist in the United States. “Despite silently acknowledging that race plays a role in” achievement gaps, writes Matias, “the study of race, racism, and exertions of Whiteness are rarely recognized as a substantive issue in teacher education and the teaching profession.”
Racism and whiteness are diseases that need to be addressed, she continues, writing, “We cannot even begin to address symptoms, such as the racial achievement gap, if we do not address the underlying diseases of racism and Whiteness.”
There isn’t even an argument that white supremacy exists, Matias writes, saying she won’t even bother to prove the concept during her paper.
“This article acknowledges White supremacy as an overarching system of white Western racial domination, which manifests globally,” she explains. “We are all operating under the system of white supremacy.”
Teachers must examine their own “whiteness,” Dr. Matias argues. “As the only person of color in the room,” she explains, “I am often left with the pain of being denied a racial reality. Thus, the cycle of abuse is a pyrrhic victory, one where the pain and tears of whites override my own pain.”
Indeed, she writes, “DiAngelo (2011) argued that white fragility plays an essential role in the maintenance of Whiteness and when unfettered, the consequences can be dire.”
Education has been biased in favor of “whites,” Dr. Matias goes on. “Teacher education – replete with a majority of white stakeholders who write the curricula, program frameworks, assessments, and standards – has permitted Whiteness to become a white enterprise.
“Worse yet, some white teachers and teacher educators co-opt and redeﬁne theories ﬁrst conceptualized by scholars of color who were resisting the hegemonic oppression of Whiteness,” she continues. “In using their white ocular to ﬁlter out the most radical parts of these theories to ﬁt within white color-blind comforts,the essence of their conception is lost.”
In the end, “Once teacher education understands how and why whites have become culturally white, it can engage in a deeper conversation of race and racism, move beyond guilt, anger, and denial needed to become whole-heartedly antiracist.”
Honestly, I was left speechless at the thought that she and many others subscribing to this caca are paid a salary. She didn’t start the movement. She is only following the movement.
As I read more and more about this dysfunctional chapter in your sensitive lives today, I am reminded of how English was my first language. I was the only non English speaker in the entire grade school. I didn’t even have the luxury of kindergarten, but I seemed to manage fairly well because I didn’t know the word victim. When I taught at the college level, I was ashamed to hear so many of my teachers (yes, I taught teachers who were already in the classroom earning salaries) heralding the soon to be triumphant bilingual educational achievements of their students. Years later, the same teachers would tell me what a miserable failure that was. The kids were masters of neither language. In other words, a very bad experiment lost many. What a shame because the SAT and the ACT are executed in English.
Who lost? I can tell you who won…my friends’ bank accounts who wrote bilingual books that they sold to the school districts perpetuating the falsehood. We all the bleed the same. I think this might be a shocker to all of the “special” snowflakes who are legends in their own minds. Stop the whining and move on, life will go on with or without you and your hurt feelings.