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'Deconstructing Whiteness' course at UC Berkeley examines why America 'normalizes white identity as the standard definition of a human'


The class is completely full this semester

Students on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This semester, the University of California, Berkeley, once again is offering a course titled, "Deconstructing Whiteness."

As the outline of the one-credit course announces, this fall is the fourth consecutive semester the class has been offered at the notoriously far-left college. And why not? The outline adds that it's a "favorite" class among students and community members.

Oh, and as you might guess — it's full.

What's the class about?

The description starts off with a rather curious question: "When people talk about race, why is it that whiteness is rarely discussed?" And then another seemingly from out of left field: "What does it mean that this nation normalizes white identity as the standard definition of a human?"

That noted, "Deconstructing Whiteness" is all about looking at "privilege and positionality to understand where white bodies have the responsibility to be in movements against white supremacy and in solidarity with marginalized peoples and groups of color."

In addition, the course won't "coddle white fragility." Instead, it will "deconstruct and relearn whiteness through case studies, speakers, and critical readings."

Don't worry, be happy

If students are concerned about additions to their heavy course loads, "Deconstructing Whiteness" is a breath of fresh air, with no exams, essays, or "heavy assignments." Just attend and discuss "race, identity, and the path to liberation."

Anything else?

Last month TheBlaze highlighted another one-credit course at UC Berkeley offered this semester titled, "The Right to be Lazy: Shifts in Marxist Thought."

Both classes are part of the school's DeCal program, which are "legitimate university classes run by students" and are pass-fail graded by faculty sponsors who oversee them.

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