Course Claims ‘Objectivity’ is a ‘White Mythology’ | Campus Reform

Campus Reform: Hobart and Smith Colleges are allowing a course that teaches students how “objectivity” and “meritocracy” function as “white mythologies.” The course is being taught by two professors who have worked together for a few years, and notably co-authored an article in the journal of Whiteness and Education together.

Excerpt from Campus Reform:

White Mythologies: Objectivity, Meritocracy, and Other Social Constructions” is a sophomore-level course taught by Kendralin Freeman and Jason Rodriguez, who are sociology and anthropology professors, respectively.

“Students will explore how systematic logics that position ‘the West’ and ‘whiteness’ as the ideal manifest through such social constructions as objectivity, meritocracy, and race.”   

“This course explores the history and ongoing manifestations of ‘white mythologies’—long-standing, often implicit views about the place of White, male, Euro-American subjects as the norm,” explains the course description, which adds that students will also “explore how systematic logics that position ‘the West’ and ‘whiteness’ as the ideal manifest through such social constructions as objectivity, meritocracy, and race.”

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