Boston University has begun a new program to right the wrongs of racism within.
As reported by Campus Reform, the school started its “21 Days of Unlearning & Learning” endeavor on July 6th.
And to be clear, it isn’t merely about not being racist.
It’s been said that “antiracism” is different than being colorblind, and the name of BU’s initiative drives that home.
The title: “21 Days of Unlearning Racism and Learning Antiracism.”
To reference a popular Christian saying, evidently, those who can shake off their racism are left with an antiracism hole in their hearts.
BU’s got three weeks on offer to fill it.
Some white people know that to become antiracist, they must start to listen and brush up on the history of racism in their countries.
Some people are describing obviously racist behavior as the tip of the iceberg — calling people racist names or threatening people on the basis of race.
Then there’s the part of the iceberg that’s not easily visible to people if they’re not looking. This includes a range of subtle but insidious attitudes, behaviors and policies.
Among these are microaggressions. They are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, [psychologist Beverly Tatum] said.
Examples of such microaggressions:
“Don’t blame me. I never owned slaves.” “All lives matter.” “I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
The ideology is undeniably surging — folks are getting schooled from elementary school to the Armed Forces.
Cases in point:
Back to Boston U, per the official launch page, the three weeks of learning
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