BACKGROUND ABOUT THE RACISM SEXISM COURSE AT WILLIAM PATERSON IN LIGHT OF GLORIA STEINEM COMING
This is a critical analysis of a course at William Paterson University called, “Racism and Sexism in Global Perspective.” I, teaparty advocate, former William Paterson Student, and philosopher will provide an ulterior view point other than what is stated in the course objectives. Remember if you are a student reading this you may want to think twice about writing what we say here on an exam because many professors like nothing more than for you to regurgitate what they teach. You must know as a student that alot of times the course book is written by the professor who is teaching it. In retrospect, it is a money making deal.
First and foremost, let’s analyze the title. Notice the use of the words global and perspective. Global is a word that sounds nice because the word itself means “worldly.” It sounds like the whole world is involved. Had we said, “Racism and Sexism in Local Perspective,” means the problem is not as big and it minimizes the sound effect. The word perspective means viewpoint. Well, we ask, whose viewpoint are the courses objectives? Are they just your professors? Does he or she have and agenda?
The description of the course is as follows, ” it examines various forms that racism
sexism, and other systems of oppression have taken both in the US and around the globe,
with particular emphasis on the legacy of colonialism, the endurance and diverse forms of
patriarchy, and the connections between various forms of oppression.”(1)
Second, Racism, sexism and systems of oppression come in all forms. The are whites, blacks, who are racists. There are cultural racists, religious bigots, sexist zealots, you name it. Look at the
statement, “With particular emphasis on colonialism.” This statement refers to slavery and
slavery is and should be abhorred. But why emphasize colonialism? Here is a list of many
(not inclusive) groups who have owned slaves in the past at one time or another.
Asians; The Yi ethnic minority in China historically had a caste society where people owned slaves. (2)
Muslims; There is great debate amongst Islam Scholars of Islams position on slavery. However, the Qur’an (the holy book) and the hadith (the sayings of Muhammad) see slavery as an exceptional condition that can be entered into under certain limited circumstances. Only children of slaves or non-Muslim prisoners of war could become slaves, never a freeborn Muslim. (3)
Christianity; According to Cardinal Avery Dulles:”Jesus, though he repeatedly denounced sin as a kind of moral slavery, said not a word against slavery as a social institution.” Dulles adds that the writers of the New Testament did not oppose slavery either. Dulles also points out that “Peter and Paul exhort slaves to be obedient to their masters.”(4) In the early thirteenth century, official support for slavery and the slave trade was incorporated into Canon Law (Corpus Iuris Canonici), by Pope Gregory IX,. (5)
Romans: Slaves were vital to the Roman economy. Their status fluctuated greatly depending on the time period in Rome. They were considered property throughout most of the time of Rome’s reign. (6)
Jewish; In ancient times, Jewish society allowed slavery. Slaves were seen as an essential part of a Jewish household. It is impossible for scholars to quantify the number of slaves that were owned by Jews in ancient Jewish society, or what percentage of households owned slaves, but it is possible to analyze social, legal, and economic impacts of slavery.(7)
The Jewish Bible actually contains two sets of rules governing slaves: one set for Jewish slaves (Lev 25:39-43) and a second set for Canaanite slaves (Lev 25:45-46). The main source of non-Jewish slaves were prisoners of war. Jewish slaves, in contrast to non-Jewish slaves, became slaves either because of extreme poverty (in which case they could sell themselves to a Jewish owner) or because of inability to pay a debt.(8)
The blacks themselves; According to federal census reports, on June 1, 1860 there were nearly 4.5 million Negroes in the United States, with fewer than four million of them living in the southern slaveholding states. Of the blacks residing in the South, 261,988 were not slaves. Of this number, 10,689 lived in New Orleans. The country’s leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free Negroes in that city.(9)
According to this data, this 28 percent is certainly impressive when compared to less than 1.4 percent of all American whites and less than 4.8 percent of southern whites. The statistics show that, when free, blacks disproportionately became slave masters.(10)
The Arabs; Just read about the Zang uprising here:Arabslavetrade.com. (11)
There are many other civilizations that have had slavery not mentioned here.
Unfortunately slavery was apart of our history because it was and has been apart of
mankind no matter what civilization you are from. Therefore the the emphasis on colonialism is not needed as an emphasis but shouldbe included with every other groups who have had slaves. Haile Selassie says it best in this way,
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” (12)
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND OBJECTIVES:
Racism and Sexism in Global perspective , WS 250 reads as follows:
comprehend the nature of historical and contemporary racist, sexist, heterosexist and other oppressive attitudes and practices globally and in the US; Analyze the experience of people of color in the US and globally in the current context of globalization and neo-colonialism; Study the historical impact of
militarism and war on women and on people of color around the world.; Distinguish between
social and biological elements of difference in a variety of cultures and the history of the
social construction of views of “The Other;”. Gain a sense of the role and status of
lesbians, gays, and other sexual minorities in a variety of cultures; Improve skills in
deconstructing and analyzing the impact of Western media images of women, and of people of
different cultures; Advance their understanding and appreciation of movements for social
justice around the world. ” (13)
CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF COURSE OBJECTIVES
Point 1, the statement that begins with the words, “Comprehend the nature of,”states that heterosexist is oppressive. In other words, it basically accuses mother nature of incorrectly designing our bodies. If hetero-sexist oppression was not to exist, then mother nature would make our bodies the same. The majority of the world is hetero -sexual. Calling the hetero-sexist an oppressor, the left shifts the guilt from those who are attracted to the same sex (deviance) to placing the guilt upon the hetero-sexist. In other words, if you homosexual, you can blame it on all of the hetero -sexuals for the way you are. In the eyes of mother nature, homosexuality is deviance.
Point 2, the statement that begins, “Analyze the experience of people of color,”
Undoubtedly people of color have had a different experience in the US. If you are going to
emphasize one group, then it is best to talk about all groups globally. How about talking
about the western Europeans when they migrated to the USA in the early 1900’s and the great
contributions they have made. The western europeans who migrated during this time period had nothing to do with the slavery of the 1600, 1700, and 1800’s yet the left lumps them in this catagory because they are white. To our students, the better curriculum talks about this.If this is not in the curriculum then you are not getting your moneys worth.
The third point analyzes the statement, ” Study the historical impact.” This statement
places and blames colonialism solely for the imbalances of our society. OK, and yes, the
colonies had slaves. But, so did the other groups mentioned above.
What is meant by, “War on Women and minorities.” This statement certainly implies that our men want to kill us. This must be a fictional war. If it was real then we would be shooting one another. As far as the war on minorities, well hmm- then why are there still all black colleges existing today. If there were all white ones, the racists would cry wolf!!! Why do colleges ask a persons ethnicity when entering college. There are poor in every class, culture and society. So where exactly is this war? Ok, we get it, it is a fictional war mimicking concepts out of Goerge Orwells 1984. The war on minorities and women doesn’t belong in this class. Since it doesn’t belong, it only creates an illusion that this stuff needs to be taught so that both the college and the professor can make money off of you.
INCIDENT AT A LOCAL HEALTH CLUB AND THE LEFTS SO CALLED “WAR ON HETERO-SEXISM.”
The other day at a local health club that I belong to, there were two women having fun in the shower (literally, and all you men reading this can have a field day with this.) In fact, they stared at me too. So I said to myself, if they are aloud to have fun in the shower with their partner-then why can’t I with my partner-my husband? So I brought it to the attention of the manager. I said that if you allow Jane and Mary to have fun that how about my husband and I? He had no idea what to say. The point of this is, “How far does this go?”
ADVANCING MARXISM AROUND THE WORLD
In the course objective section of the project, objective number 8 says, ” Advance their understanding and appreciation of movements for social justice around the world.” Social Justice is code word for MARXISM. It emphasizes equality, eco -justice, and economy. What is wrong with this picture is the following: People have different skills and talents. Different jobs require more or less effort, more or less skill, and more or less time to do them. A hard worker who is efficient should get paid more then one that slacks around on the job. A skilled worker should get paid more because he is skilled. A person who is capable of doing a job and who is not mentally or physically handicapped should be compensated for that. Society should have a moral obligation to help those who are physically or mentally handicapped. Encompassed in equality is AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. Why is affirmative action wrong? Here it is! If you are flying in an airplane do you not want the best skilled pilot rather then one who was hired solely on the basis of his skin color or sexual orientation? If you need heart surgery don’t you want the best person for the job? For more information on Social Justice please go to the Social Justice section of the website.
In retrospect, Martin Luther King Jr. once said that we need to judge a person by the “content of their character” and not the color of a persons skin, sexual orientation or whatever. We need to accept the fact that although we have individual differences, we are all Americans first. Being Americans first is a tie that binds us.
You as a student, whether at William Paterson University or any other University that offers racism and sexism classes need to ask yourself if this is a course that you need to take and if not, is it worth you spending your money? If you have to take it then that is a different issue. Overall, we as taxpayers also need to ask ourselves whether our campuses are doing an efficient job in providing our students with a good quality education or are they just providing one side of the issue? Are the campuses educating or indoctrinating?
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