Yale Teaches Course to Counteract Whiteness

The class looks at ‘whiteness’ as a ‘culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity’…

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(The College Fix) Yale University is offering a course this semester which aims to help students understand and counteract “whiteness,” exploring such topics as “white imagination,” “white property” and “white speech.”

According to the syllabus for “Constructions of Whiteness” obtained by The College Fix, the English course is an “interdisciplinary approach to examining our understanding of whiteness.”

The class, which is apparently being offered for the first time this semester, discusses “whiteness as a culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity, which touches upon and assigns value to nearly every aspect of American life and culture.”

The goal of the class is to “create a lab for the construction of counternarratives around whiteness in any creative form: play, poem, memoir, etc.,” states the syllabus.


Taught by Professor Claudia Rankine, the class is divided into eight topics: Constructions of Whiteness, White Property, White Masculinity, White Femininity, White Speech, White Prosperity, White Spaces and White Imagination, according to the syllabus.

Students in the course are asked to read books such as Michael Kimmel’s “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era,” Richard Dyer’s “White: Essays on Race and Culture,” and Richard Delgado’s and Jean Stefanic’s “Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror.”

Other required readings include Hazel Carby’s “White Woman, Listen!,” Juliana Spahr’s “My White Feminism” and Professor Rankine’s own work, “The White Card.”

Rankine did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The College Fix.

The Fix also reached out to the chair of the English department, Langdon Hammer, and professor of English & African American studies Jacqueline Goldsby. Neither responded…

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  • Yosemite Sam

    Parents, quickly pull your adult children students out of Yale. Your not getting what you’ve paid for.

    • richjack4

      Better yet, have them apply to Yaleidentifying themselves as a minority in need of social benefits for education. What will they say if you are white but identify as black? People have to start beating them at their own game!

  • KJ

    Which administrative zeros at Yale thought this course would yield anything meaningfully constructive? There are sick minds and troubled souls in academia these days, and this article displays one more drip in an ocean of evidence.

  • Bill Smith 999935

    The student population is 47% white and the faculty is 60% white. Doesn’t seem like a brilliant move.

  • Harvey Mitterdorf

    Instead of teaching how to counteract whiteness, they should have a class on how to counteract stupidity. Oh, wait, the liberal colleges would not know how to do that.

    • kep


  • Joseph Miller

    A total waste of money!

  • Robert Moore

    Becoming a professor was at one time respected. Claudia Rankine obviously is not a critical thinker. Just another left liberal trying to make a name for herself at the expense of young minds and our society. Yale should be ashamed. .

  • Just another college professor trying to justify her existence. Of course, she is of African descent – but let’s not mention that…

  • tstucker

    Yale should eschew anything and everything invented by whites, before they condemn them, otherwise they are the ultimate hypocrites. So Yale, go out into the woods wearing animals skins and sandals woven from plants and then you can see what influence whites have had on the world. Every single thing you depend on for you daily life was invented by white people. Sick that in your pipe an smoke you hypocritical mother fu**ers.

    • Karen

      Thank you! Enough said, Amen!

  • Tradewinds

    Don’t these poison Ivy league idiots understand that they are racists.. Shame on Yale and the rest of the Ivy League for becoming political extremists out to indoctrinate and destroy America..

  • SoManyWhiners

    How ludicrous!

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    What they really need is to counteract stupidity and ignorance, especially in the faculty.

  • Sorceress

    Any parent who willingly pays for their offspring to go to this asinine excuse for a learning institution ought to be punished. Will they also teach classes on Blackness? Black speech? Black imagination (i.e. everybody is picking on you so let’s whine and cry about whiteness)? This has to be among the most ridiculous wastes of time and money any college could come up with. With all the knowledge on legitimate subjects that needs to be taught/learned, this seems to make absolutely no sense. How about classes on what squirrels think about? How about a class on the legitimacy of the illegal alien vote and how it affects the geopolitical circumstances of the one world government in the age of dinosaurs? I have a better idea. Why not just teach all these so-called students how to say, “Would you like fries with that?”

  • Born Again Southern Pride

    I hope the idiots taking this class choke on their student loan payments.

  • traditional

    Is it just me, or does a lot of this stuff seem to stem from a deep-seated jealousy of white people by non-white people, and is propped up by a deep-seated sense of white guilt by white people themselves? I’m so glad I’m a plaid person and don’t have to worry about all this…lol!

    • publiusnj

      Most of the time whites patronize non-whites, it is not due to “white guilt” but to cynical political calculation.

      • traditional

        Good point – as in lib/prog whites are believing non-whites are going to increase in numbers and want them to vote for lib/prog values and agendas, so they try to court them by teaching disparaging things about whites…yes, I agree.

  • Dwimby

    Considering all the dorks who go to these temples of lower learning, what might we expect?

  • publiusnj

    God bless the white race, which gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the overwhelming bulk of the troops that fought and won all the wars of our nation’s history and most of us our lives!

  • publiusnj

    This is really hateful stuff.

  • Joseph111

    when will we hear about a college course teaching blacks and other disgruntled minorities to buck up and stop blaming others for their own mistakes and misfortunes? nobody gets a free ride and life is not fair to anyone. stop blaming others, put on your big-boy or big-girl pants, pick yourself up and move on – the only person in control of your life is you

  • Wenda Kennedy

    And, this reasonable????? So much for the Ivy League set!

  • taksavillage

    I’m sure the huge fee charged will pay off handsomely in their future employement

  • saddlebroke

    Radical, delusional liberal academic loons. The academic world is the worst enemy of the American culture and they have been destroying American culture for decades.

  • Karen

    So tell me one more time, who is dividing the country? Trump? Oh, yeah!

  • Unforgotten27

    Time to have our government stop assistance & funding to this stupidity going on at Yale & other universities!!!

  • Jacob Welty

    This is just as racist as anything we on the right are being accused of. Also, looking at history, racism has far deeper roots on the left than on the right.

  • Peter J

    Hahaha. More from liberal Yale. An intelligent person would tell the professor how to counteract “whiteness.” Just tell the professor to tuck his head where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • richjack4

    White should have their kids apply “identifying” themselves as a minority in need of benefits. People should start beating them at their own game!!!

  • Jimi Helms

    Should be fired immediately, immediately. No tolerance for racist bigots, I don’t care what color or where they come from. No more money to the college, that will shut him up.

  • minefinder624

    In addition to the eight topics may I suggest a few more- White Taxes , White Sacrifices in War, White Innovation to Better the Economy and Mankind in General, White Generosity to Charitable Causes, White Influence in Creating the US Constitution , any other suggestions ?

  • Rolpho Signetti

    I be sorry… I just a little ol white boy…

    Dis is the way the lord made me. Oh Lordy! Please teach me how to be like them!

    The guilt is too much! We needs to give the black man everything he wants to atone for our evil ways!

    In fact… I am going to atone my share of the guilt!

    So ANY person of that dark color that feels he needs some restitution from dis her ghost…

    Please come over to see me! I already have several of your kind in my woodpile behind da house! A have room fir a couple more!

    Mommy! Dis boy be racist! D-STRAIGHT! SO?


      Wait, how many black people have you killed??

      • Rolpho Signetti

        None this week… but y’all come on over to my house “boy”, and we can end the week with your b—k

        Racist enough for you? Cause I can do better! Stupid moron troll!

        • COMPU-TRON

          Wow, you can be MORE racist?

          • Rolpho Signetti

            If it gets your little snowflake panties in a uproar: yes I can.

            That whole accusing other people of racism is the leftwing PC BS. It is not mine. And if the likes of POS people like you get upset because of it.

            I wear it as a badge of honor.

            Because the left is far more racist that the right ever has been.

            KKK started by Dixiecrats. Using a carrot to entice minorities to vote demo… but NEVER living up to promises made to them.

            Who are the true racists: look in the mirror SNOWFLAKE SOB.

          • COMPU-TRON

            Nice attempt at turnaround!

          • Rolpho Signetti

            Because you know it is true

          • COMPU-TRON

            You can do better, come on.

          • Rolpho Signetti

            Time to put you on blocked… you are just a silly little troll.

          • COMPU-TRON


          • Rolpho Signetti

            Not really… only a moron keeps yapping at another moron, repeating huge same old rhetoric on either respective side…. i ain’t neither.

            Catch you on the flip side moron.

          • COMPU-TRON

            Doubling down on the cowardice, I see.

  • Roy Veteto

    i love how those who support racial profiling support white privilege

  • J Whitehurst

    Somebody attending that joint should file an EEO complaint and base it on the equal rights act. They are clearly creating a class that discriminates based on color and ethnic background, which is in direct violation of the law. Somebody there needs to grow some marbles and stop them.

  • mioahu

    How much do you have to pay to be taught this crap ? Like $70 K ? Unless you are leftist, why would you send your children there ? These places are a sad shadow of what they used to be, it is sad that these great institutions have been hijacked by leftists and now teach anti american, anti western, anti religion, anti free speech , anti family values, pro killing of innocent babies, anti white anti capitalist NON VALUES. In other times they would be considered traitors to this country !

  • JR

    You know there was a case of up roar over a White Professor teaching Black History, yet here again a Black Professor teaching White Hate. How screwed up this nation has become!

  • Steve G.

    Our universities are promoting division in this country under the guise of a false sense of unity (endoctrination). Instead of finding ways to alleviate student loan debt, let’s start teaching classes that will get students jobs.

  • Polly Dreitzler

    Instead of a course of whiteness, how about a course in respecting ALL people and acting like civilized human beings. The course they are offering just drives a wider gap between cultures!

  • potusYUGE

    How about a class on how to counteract liberal blackness, african propaganda!!