University of Minnesota – Recovering from Whiteness, Racial Sobriety?
In the world of radical Critical Race Theory, nothing is as horrific as white people, particularly white men. And everyone is a racist. At the University of Minnesota, a special seminar on how to “recover” from whiteness unveiled a 12 step program similar to AA. The seminar was entitled: “Recovery From White Conditioning.”
The whiteness principle
Here are those 12 steps, as reported by the Daily Wire:
Step 1: “We admitted that we had been socially conditioned by the ideology of white supremacy.”
Step 2: “We came to believe that we could embrace our ignorance as an invitation to learn.”
Step 3: “We develop support systems to keep us engaged in this work.”
Step 4: “We journeyed boldly inward, exploring and acknowledging ways in which white supremacist teachings have been integrated into our minds and spirits.”
Step 5: “We confessed our mistakes and failings to ourselves and others.”
Step 6: “We were entirely ready to deconstruct previous ways of knowing, as they have been developed through the lens of white supremacy.”
Step 7: “We humbly explored new ways of understanding…proactively seeking out new learning and reconstructing a more inclusive sense of reality.”
Step 8: “We committed ourselves to ongoing study of our racial biases, conscious or unconscious, and our maladaptive patterns of white supremacist thinking.”
Step 9: “We develop strategies to counteract our racial biases.”
Step 10: “We embraced the responsibility of focusing on our impact, more than our intentions, in interactions with people of color.”
Step 11: “We engage in daily practices of self-reflection.”
Step 12: “We committed ourselves to sharing this message with our white brothers, sisters, and siblings…in order to build a supportive recovery community and to encourage personal accountability within our culture.”
So not only are you supposed to acknowledge your whiteness, you are supposed to navel watch everyday to make sure you don’t screw up and remember your whiteness.
The therapist in charge of the seminar was Cristina Combs, an alumnus of the University of Minnesota.
The College Fix reported the work up to the seminar:
“What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘white supremacy?’”
As an answer to the question, she displayed a slide titled “The face of white supremacy.” Under the title were pictures of Ku Klux Klan members as well as white nationalists in Charlottesville. She then took those images off and put a picture of her own face on the screen.
“When BIPOC activists would use the term ‘white supremacy’ to talk about the systems that needed to change and the work that white people needed to do, my instinct was to recoil. It felt like too hard or too raw of a word, and I didn’t like it. And I ultimately realized that that is my ego,” she said.
“Stepping into that tension and accepting my connection to white supremacy has been a freedom of sorts to show up in better alignment with my values and do the work for the rest of my life.”
Seriously, lady, not all white people have a connection to white supremacy. Some do, some don’t. The best “values” you can have are those which bring caring, understanding to others around you. Not blame people for something they have no control over: the color of their skin. Especially when that blame is being done to shame others and exercise intimidation or control over them.
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