Roy Nothstine: UNC’s ‘whiteness’ class is an embarrassment |
A leaked curriculum from a class called “Global Whiteness” at the University of North Carolina reads like a parody of today’s racial obsession and radicalism on campuses. Campus Reform has published a copy that includes topics such as “White Trash”, “Enlightenment or Enwhitenment? “” And “How is Trump racist? Perhaps most laughable is the course that seems to blame America and the West in the Pacific theater during WWII instead of racist imperialism and Japanese aggression.
“The course overview describes WWII in the Pacific as ‘the world’s first attack on white Anglo-American hegemony’ and ‘Japan’s attempt to roll back Euro-American colonialism.'” Anyone who has Studied WWII should know well with Japanese war crimes (to name a few) like the Nanking Rape, the Manila Massacre and the Bataan Death March. It is not clear how killing, raping or enslaving civilians rolls back colonialism or hegemony.
With just one battle on Okinawa – the island on which I was born – the cost of American lives was over 12,500 in 1945. The bloody effort to liberate the Pacific from the enraged aggression of Japan has cost more than 160,000 American lives in total. Japan’s futile attempt to delay surrender resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of their own citizens.
Indeed, the rewriting of history is reaching new and absurd levels if WWII can be blamed on the Allies and not the Axis Powers. Such claims are even more comical because the Japanese themselves don’t even believe in such a revisionist story given their apologies for WWII and the reparation payments to Asian nations they plundered during the conflict.
Students in Carolina and all colleges and universities should be exposed to new ideas. Yet, it’s another matter of course when history turns into something entirely unrecognizable for the sole purpose of ideology.
The divisive Marxist ideologies and the repudiation of Western civilization should be anathema to universities. While the Enlightenment certainly had dark forces, calling it “laundering” is worrying because it gave us concepts and benefits such as human rights, advances in science, religious freedom and more. democracy.
One of the greatest features of North Carolina is that it offers many excellent colleges and universities. Nonetheless, given the growing challenges of higher education – particularly student debt and demographics – universities should improve by offering courses and education that can survive in the ideas market. If the ideas put forward are not serious or attack people and systems on the basis of race, perhaps states should rethink the financing of higher education.
A poignant report from the Wall Street Journal notes that the number of men attending colleges and universities compared to women has fallen to an all-time high. If the numbers continue over the next few years, two women will graduate for every male degree. Yet despite this growing imbalance, young men are much more likely to be demonized on college campuses today.
Carolina’s motto is Lux Libertas – “light and freedom”. The rediscovery of an appropriate education will stand up for these ideals. If higher education continues to drift away from the richness of its mission by enslaving minds to the latest ideological fashions, especially the absurd, it will further erode free society and the common good. After all, light and freedom are synonymous only when they refer to the truth.
Ray Nothstine is the Carolina Journal’s opinion editor.