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Professor Asks Students To Complete "White Privilege Checklist"

Demonstrators gathered outside the American Embassy in Central London, to protest against the racism escalation following the riot in Charlottesville, London on August 19, 2017. President Donald Trump has been criticized for his reaction, considered too soft.

From what Ohio State University is teaching, only white people can be racist.

In fact, The College Fix reported Tuesday that students in a sociology class at San Diego State University were offered extra credit for completing the checklist with a corresponding list of questions.

These types of lessons have made conservative students and educators big mad, though, and right-wing blogs like Red Alert Politics have blasted such exercises, and the professors who teach them, as "stereotyping white individuals".

The workshop, titled "Interrupting Racism: Tips & Tools for White People", was delivered as part of the school's series of events hosted by the multicultural center.

Summary: A workshop held at Ohio State University suggests that white people are the only racists and due to their white power, they can not be victims of racism. Wellman taught the attendees that there are three "ingredients" to racism - race, prejudice, and power.

The checklist, however, has popped up at universities across the country, presenting students with variations of 20 different scenarios in which they are to "place a check next to the privileges that apply" to them. Wellman said, Of course it did.

In addition to "white privilege", students were also made aware of privilege in "gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion". The white students seemed quite comfortable embracing the idea of white privilege.

Elliot told The College Fix that the exercise not only allowed students to earn extra credit but served as a healthy way to help students see from perspectives other than their own. "As a white woman, I can walk into any space and know that my white privilege will grant me power and access to things that someone else is not going to experience".

Students of all ethnicities can take the quiz and can earn the same extra credit regardless of their white privilege score, according to Elliott. Being punctual was one example of how white culture has become so pervasive in America.

One student suggested that when blacks get together for a demonstration, "it's a riot", while white people are just having "a protest". "Nor is it the position of the university that white people can not be victims of racism".



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