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Thought reform, ideological coercion, and the state of the American university

December 31, 2007

To attain these “competencies,” students were required to attend training sessions, floor assemblies, and one-on-one meetings with their RAs. In the training sessions, RAs presented students with specific views on various political issues including racism, diversity, environmentalism, and social justice the university wanted them to hold. RAs were given a list of definitions of racism. It included the following: “A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people ( i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality”; “REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege”; and “A NON-RACIST: A non term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism….” (Emphases added... Download file "Thought reform, ideological coercion, and the state of the American university"

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