Tuesday, October 30, 2007

University of Delaware Sets a New Low in Indoctrination Methods

In a recent WorldNetDaily article, I read about a frightening occurrence within the University of Delaware residence hall system. It is well worth informing yourself about. Delaware is acting out what many other universities would love to do, and some will likely try. It seems that Delaware is (not surprisingly) attempting to claim the minds of the students for the secular left, feeding them propaganda from the very moment they set foot on campus.

Resident assistants (RAs) are sent to "diversity facilitation training sessions", and are taught that the white supremacists (actually referring to anyone of European decent) are the originators and perpetuators of racism. The issue is not with quelling racism, as this is a noble endeavor. The danger lies with the definitions they are using. To quote the definition directly from the Office of Residence Life Diversity Education Training documents:

"A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. 'The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination….'"

They are then required to meet with residents to transfer this "knowledge". Delaware RAs are also to teach residents that "reverse racism" is a term concocted by the manipulative and over-privileged white male and does not exist.

Students are expected to develop "competencies" such as “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily habits and consumer mentality” (these are directly from a Townhall.com article on the same thing). This is shockingly outside the realm of academics, and worldview manipulation should certainly be outside the realm of residence hall "bonding" activities in a public university. Teaching Socialism 101 is a far cry from holding a swing-dancing night.

Very few college students are intellectually equipped to handle such a barrage; they swallow the attached worldview hook, line, and sinker. Who will be affected? Anyone who had little to no training in true critical thinking (i.e. not the equivalent to chronic antagonism, as commonly believed) and who has an aversion to reading. Sadly, this is a large majority of young people. I pray that the University of Delaware is forced to cease this program. In the meantime, we need to be preparing students to resist "collegiate worldview brainwashing", as it is happening in less blatant but equally potent forms in universities around the country.

*Update as of 11/02/07:
Delaware has dropped the plan! However, they withdrew with the president of the university citing a cop-out, "there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled." This screams that the plan will reemerge once the waters have calmed a bit (if not here then at another school..). If it does resurface, pray for an upheaval from the opposition. This plan must not be resurrected, though some will keep trying to in the hopes of the opposition giving in.


Daniel said...

It's kind of interesting because is not Delaware full of white people?

Teaching students not to be racist is good. But it's kind of irrelevant when the students don't have anyone to be racist towards!

Moreso somebody should tell these people that a black person can be racist towards a white person, not just vice versa. Racism is an antagonism towards somebody solely because of the color of their skin.

Doug Groothuis said...

For deep wisdom and protracted sanity on the race issue, see Shelby Steele, "White Guilt." He is a black man who lived through and participated in both the civil rights era and the black power movement. He now views the systemic racism ideology of the left as wrong and disempowering for blacks. Blacks need to be responsible, to achieve excellence and not wait for a universal system of supposedly white oppression to save them. Yes, he is against affirmative action.

He is a graceful writer and deeply insightful. I want to underline almost every sentence. And, no, they won't be putting him into the University of Delaware indoctrination materials.