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‘What’s Up With White People?’

College Confidential and Fox News are reporting with sarcastic glee that the College will host a novel event in February. Says Fox:

Are you “perplexed” by white people? Temple University sociologist Matt Wray may have the answers.

Wray, a self-proclaimed “expert on whiteness,” is set to hold a forum at Dartmouth College on Feb. 2 to figure out “What’s Up With White People?”

The talk will be open to the public as Wray provides a “field guide” to learn about “the different types of white people and how you can learn to spot them in their natural habitats.”

Wray says the event will offer “a sociological and cultural analysis of what produces and sustains” certain “white social types” such as President Trump, transracial former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, white nationalist Richard Spencer and leftwing Social Justice Warriors.

Wray’s presentation, first reported by the College Fix, is set to conclude with “observations about the implications of white self-differentiation for social issues like immigration, mass incarceration, and the growing epidemic of self-destruction among whites.”

Though the event is sponsored by the Ivy League school’s Sociology Department, Dartmouth College spokesperson, Diana Lawrence told Fox News that Wray “does not represent the views of the college.”

“Dartmouth is and will remain committed to robust debate, respectful dialogue, and discussion, with the understanding that such interactions will sometimes be difficult or disagreeable,” Lawrence said. “As an academic community, we are committed to free speech and open inquiry in all matters. Our students, faculty, and staff enjoy the freedom to speak, write, listen and challenge ideas in pursuit of better learning and understanding.”

Blablabla. I am all for academic freedom, but unless this guy has something interesting to say, then I’ll say that I am all against academic stupidity. Is the Sociology department advancing an important intellectual objective with this lecture, or is their goal only to make the College look ridiculous in the eyes of the country, yet again?

Addendum: A parent writes in:

It is often hard to believe I pay the exorbitant amount of full tuition for stuff like this. But maybe he can explain Phil and the administration?

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Sociology is basically no longer a legitimate academic field. This event only further proves that. Economists and even political scientists make fun of the other social sciences for a reason. They’ve become completely ideological and dedicated to advancing the agenda of social justice rather than conducting good social science.


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