Iowa Professors Posit that Polite Conversation Is How White People Assert Control

One of the two Professors, Kyle Rudick

University of Northern Iowa professors’ paper claims white “hegemony” makes civil conversation a racist tool of oppression, justifying the constant leftist violence that ensures no dialogue can exist. 

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. 

According to the academic article written by two communications professors,“whiteness-informed civility,” supposedly “functions to assert control of space” and “create a good white identity.” 

“Civility within higher education is a racialized, rather than universal, norm,” the C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan wrote while citing “critical whiteness studies.”

Rudick and Goslan interviewed ten white college students and asked them racially based questions Campus Reform reports.

“What do you consider to be civil behavior?” and “How do you think your racial identity may affect your understandings of civility when talking with students of color?” were some of the questions asked by the two professors. 

“First, participants stated that they tried to avoid talking about race or racism with students of color to minimize the chance that they would say something ‘wrong’ and be labeled a racist,” the professors write, as cited by Campus Reform. “Another way that participants described how they tried to be civil when interacting with students of color was to be overly nice or polite.”

According to the professors, students who attempt to be nice to minorities are only encouraging “white privilege” and “white racial power.”

Rudick and Goslan also targeted students who believe in equality. 

“I feel like I treat everyone the same…To me, if you’re white or black…, then I’m going to treat you like you’re a human being. I guess I don’t see skin color whenever I see someone,” one student, told the professors, according to Campus Reform

Rudick and Goslan claimed that this view of equality “functions to erase racial identity in the attempt to impose a race-evasive frame on race-talk.”

The professors called for other faculty members to intervene, stating “it is incumbent upon instructors to ensure that their classrooms are spaces that challenge, rather than perpetuate, WIC [whiteness-informed civility].”

“One way that instructors can challenge the strategies of WIC is by ensuring that White students and students of color engage in sustained, sensitive, and substantive conversations about race and racism,” Rudick and Goslan said before adding that professors should, “encourage White students to understand how using WIC to downplay issues of race or racism in higher education serves to elide their own social location and reinforce the hegemony of White institutional presence.”

They are communications professors, of course, or they’d know that asking ten students a question does not a study make.

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Sources: Campus Reform

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    December 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

    These idiots don’t realize the path they’re setting themselves on.

    If it’s really all just “Screw you. No matter what you do or believe, you’re racist!”

    Sooner or later, people are simply going to stop trying to have the conversation.

    And then comes the backlash.

    And PLEASE remember that people who identify as “White” make up 77% of the population.

    How often, in the real world, do you win fights against 6 other guys?

    They want to make the relationship as toxic and confrontational as possible. They aren’t going to like the results.

  2. jc

    December 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    This kind of intellectual bankruptcy is the kind of crap you get when you have an entire profession that refuses to regulate itself… It’s maybe the one and only profession right now where I feel significant government intervention is warranted. Kids are being charged exorbitant sums and racking up incredible debts to be taught this crap in the hope of getting a worthless degree that does nothing to prepare them for the outsider world. It’s flat-out fraud and theft, on a scale of billions of dollars.

  3. David Stinson

    December 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    What would you do if a person in authority was feeding your child poison to slowly kill them and your family? Well, that’s exactly what these professors do. And you sit there, and not just let them; you pay them to do it.

  4. Lorandel

    December 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Is it possible, that “leftism” has same meaning as “insanity”?

  5. Monky

    December 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    If you are a radical and your cause does not make sense then you can simply attack the normative authority of ‘sense’ and assert absolute validity of your dogma, as vulgarly as you possibly can. This does of course involve a performative contradiction (you cannot argue that sense and argumentation are not normative without relying on the normative authority of sense and argumentation). Quintessential ‘discourse ethics’ of Habermas here is a good theoretic context to evaluate such claims.

  6. cc1980

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    No more tenure, the schools are overrun with complete idiots.

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  8. Hairaticrick

    December 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    My dear academics, please indulge me as I assure you that polite conversation is in fact the true test of civility and elevated humanity. Other apes and unrefined human apes can grunt and slap sticks on the ground or waive their bike locks around to communicate their uncontrolled emotions, but, intelligent evolved humans (what you call the whites) have civil conversations. The heights of humanity. Please educate yourself. 😎

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