University of Vermont students defended professor who spoke about discrimination against whiteness
Aaron Kindsvatter, a professor at the University of Vermont, was bullied for daring to reveal that white people on campus are being discriminated against because of their skin color.
With a “dehumanizing” experience of discrimination against whites, the professor came across when a colleague offered to help [him] with it, like it was some kind of disease," the professor said in a video.
“…whiteness, the thinking that informs it is so crude and so lacking in falsifiability. And it speaks so eloquently to our tribal impulses that the same logic that informs what’s currently being called whiteness right now can easily find its way to desperate persons who need a group to hate and who will adopt the suppositions that inform whiteness towards their own ends,” Kindsvatter said.
Kindsvatter recorded a YouTube video in which he explained his point of view in detail. Nevertheless, some of the students immediately took up arms against him and demanded to fire the professor. A resignation petition was created with just over 3,200 signatures.
At the same time, supporters of Kindswatter's views created a similar petition, and it has already collected nearly 4,000 signatures. Moreover, Kindswatter's defenders demand that he be appointed in charge of UVM's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
“In order to maintain an environment at a publicly funded university that is open to all points of view and perspectives, we are demanding that Aaron Kindsvatter be put in charge of UVM's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. This will allow there to be a rigorous discussion of those efforts, as well as a complete definition of the terms used, such a "harm", "diversity" and "inclusion," the petition says.
These unrest began when the University proposed a controversial policy, that embraces controversial author Ibram X. Kendi's definitions of "racist" and "anti-racist" in its teaching philosophy, a move that Kindsvatter argued would make expressing dissent against the radical ideas impossible.
Image: Aaron Kindsvatter / youtube screen grab