The University of Wisconsin-Madison offered a privilege-shaming workshop “designed for a White audience” that helped white students understand their privilege. “People of color” were also welcome.
The university’s Morgridge Center for Public Service webpage described the privilege-shaming workshop, entitled “The Privilege of Whiteness”:
“Participants in this workshop will be able to describe privilege and marginalization. Participants will also reflect on and name the ways their privilege impacts their beliefs and behaviors by gaining the skills to identify the historical roots of White privilege and how it manifests today. The workshop is designed for a White audience. People of color are welcome.”
The Daily Caller pointed out the following:
The workshop is one of a handful of “education sessions” offered through the university’s Morgridge Center for Public Service. Students wishing to participate in the university’s Badger Volunteers program are required to attend at least one of the education sessions.
We had previously reported about a six-week program – made especially for white people – called “Deconstructing Whiteness” at Northwestern University. According to a poster promoting the program, the workshop – which met at the Women’s Center – sought to answer questions and concerns such as the following:
- What is my role in doing anti-racist work?
- How can I talk about race as a white person?
- I don’t see race.
- Why do I have to feel guilty about being white?
- What does it mean to be white?
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These “privilege-shaming” programs led Newt Gingrich to opine that the people behind “white privilege” training are an “industry of idiots.” Fox News reported:
Oregon State University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Vermont are among the other state-funded schools to have recently sponsored similar [white privilege] events.
On “Outnumbered” today, Newt Gingrich ripped the “industry of idiots” behind these programs, which he said is making money by guilt-tripping universities and students.
“We have tolerated a level of fascism … and taxpayers shouldn’t pay for it,” Gingrich stated. “If private universities want to waste their money, that’s what freedom’s about. But no tax-paid institution should engage in stupidity when they actually need to be training kids to get a job.”
In contrast to the “privilege-shaming” workshops and classes designed for white people at universities across the country, the classes that are designed for black or otherwise non-white people are meant to “empower” them.