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The White Man’s Shame
One of the goals of this space is to shine a light on the absurdity that passes for thinking on campus these days — especially concepts that have not yet insinuated themselves into the public debate. Foremost among them today is “white privilege”: the embarrassment and shame that white people should supposedly feel at their unspoken sense of superiority. Another evocative phrase for this idea is often used in Hanover and, I assume, in colleges all over the country: “white supremacy.”
For a combination of whiny guilt and downright self-hatred (not to mention a view of the world grounded in utterly unfounded assumptions rather than any measurable facts — listen for any plausible description for the repeated observation that life is easier for all white people), look no further that the below film, Whitewashed, Unmasking the World of Whiteness, which students viewed this term in the College’s Intergroup Dialogue Program under the direction of Assistant Director of the Academic Skills Center Leslie Schnyder and Adam Knowlton-Young of the Tucker Foundation. It was made by Mark Patrick George, whom the film’s website identifies only with the information in the picture above:
Are there no adults supervising the goings-on at Dartmouth College?
Addendum: A reader points me to a document drafted by George in which some biographical information appears:
Mark Patrick George teaches Applied Sociology at Valdosta State University. Mark has worked with valdosta [sic] Project Change both as an emloyee [sic] and as a volunteer.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…