When Republicans advocate for “academic freedom,” and then get just that, they get angry it’s not exactly what they were thinking. I'm talking about a UW course titled “The Problem of Whiteness.”
Add to that the threats of government censorship, and you’ve got a Republican Party out of control. JS:
Two leading state Republican lawmakers are threatening the University of Wisconsin System that if it doesn't remove a course called "The Problem of Whiteness" from UW-Madison's spring semester offerings, the UW's requests for more state funding and a bump in tuition may be denied during budget deliberations next year.
Republicans total lack of self awareness, especially after voting overwhelmingly for the divisive, racist, and bigoted Donald Trump, has never been more obvious. They actually think the UW course teaches young people to distrust each other. Folks, you can’t make this stuff up…
Rep. Dave Murphy of Greenville, said he and his staff looked at "The Problem of Whiteness" course description and the background of the professor who plans to teach it, and concluded: "We are teaching our young people to distrust each other, and that's sad," Murphy said. "We are adding to the polarization of the races in our state. This does not bring people together. This divides people."
And after decades of criticizing the UW for political correctness, they’re now freaking out over the lack of political correctness…having it both ways? This from the Trump party of alt-right white nationalists:
Murphy said he didn't understand "how a University that preaches political correctness can stand by a professor who openly condones violence against law enforcement and compares white voters to the KKK. If UW-Madison stands with this professor, I don’t know how the University can expect the taxpayers to stand with UW-Madison.”
The threat of government censorship...
This is the second time in less than six months that a legislator has threatened UW System funding over course offerings at the state's flagship university.Here's what that completely voluntary class teaches students, so offending our politically correct Republicans:
The university said the course title "refers to the challenge of understanding white identity and non-white identity across the globe" and that the course, "which is one of thousands offered at our university, will benefit students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of race issues. The course is a challenge and response to racism of all kinds."