Mass U program seeks white students to become ‘co-conspirators’ in racial justice crusade to ‘unlearn whiteness’

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The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has devised a program that seeks to entice white students to become “co-conspirators” for so-called racial justice and encourages them to spend time reconciling their “white feelings.”

“White Allies Against Racism: How to be a co-conspirator for racial justice,” will be hosted this spring by the university’s Center for Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research, and encourages participants to “imperfectly fight racism every day by unlearning whiteness & putting our power on the line for racial justice.”

Interested students and/or faculty must fill out the application which asks them, in part, to identify their race and ethnicity and describe their past involvement in racial justice work.

It is evidently hoped that participants will “Understand our complicity in white supremacy and deepen knowledge about how it works (at UMass),” “Develop tools for accountability & sustained action to end racism,” and “Be prepared to implement skills in their departments, programs, & areas of influence,” according to a description of the program.

It has become commonplace to redefine words by either lessening their intrinsic value or killing them altogether, as evidenced, for example, by the frequent use of “workers” instead of “employees” in all manner of media right, left and center, and which would make Joseph Stalin and Joh Fredersen of “Metropolis” proud. The same is true in this case, and the university’s use of the suspect term “co-conspirators” rather than “allies” was such that they were compelled to issue this statement:

The term white co-conspirator is adopted from the work of Dr. Bettina Love (2019) and the Allies for Change educators network. They push white people to move beyond allyship because: “Too often, though not always, our allies are eager White folx who have not questioned their Whiteness, White supremacy, White emotions of guilt and shame, the craving for admiration, or the structures that maintain White power” (p. 117). Instead, they challenge white folx who want to end racism to become co-conspirators.


The explanation also reads, “At CRJ, we believe that holding intentional, time-limited spaces for white people to unpack, process, and unlearn a lifetime of white supremacist ideology in accountable community with other white people is critical to the work of furthering racial justice.”

“Processing White feelings: working through emotions that often come up for White people like sadness, shame, paralysis, confusion, denial, etc,” the document states. “Action to shift power: taking action to redistribute resources, change who’s in power, alter institutions.”

The program seeks to equip “White participants with the skills to perpetually interrogate their own Whiteness in order to show up in solidarity with BIPOC folx and take bold action to end racism,” though what bold action they mean remains a mystery.

As one might expect, the program is led by self-flagellating white students and faculty.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for comment but has received none at the time of this writing.


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