“White Fragility” Is The New White Guilt Concept

vlcsnap-2016-04-27-16h04m12s19Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” has shed light on several concepts that have been brewing beneath the surface for years behind closed doors in academia. One such idea is called “white fragility”, where you’re racist if you push back against the people who imagine a world without whiteness or who openly say they want to breed white people out of existence. In fact, entire events have been based around this concept of “white fragility”.

Let’s let them define it: “White fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.” And “White fragility is, at its essence, a gun level pushback. It’s like the fight or flight response of white people who want to believe that they, and the world by extension, are less racially divisive than they really are.”

But why is there “white fragility”? “Because of their position of privilege and accustomed racial comfort, whites will often display racial arrogance by denying, debating, trivializing racism or critical thought regarding racial conflict”

The presenter, Melinda Bullen, goes on to desrcribe the “emotions and behaviors” of white fragility: “If we identify as an ally, there’s a danger in reveling and feeling special for doing the work. But ultimately that takes away, and puts attention back on the white person” The emotions include Guilt, anger, relational, anesthetization, dismissiveness, disconnection, social impotence, silence, Appreciation or exaltation, and fear.

Bullen, who works as the “Diversity Resource Center” coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College, then explains some of the strategies for dealing with white fragility. “White racism is ultimately a white problem and the burden for interrupting belongs to white people” because “So often whiteness isn’t seen as a race. It’s like ‘everybody has a race’ or whatever.” You should also “avoid seeking validation from the person of color you relate to the most” because “I want to be put up on that ‘good white person’ pedestal”.

And also: “Seeing yourself as well-meaning removes responsibility for our actions… Good intentions are one of the great hindrances to honest conversations about race. There’s a feeling of action when we view a painful situation using the reason of good intention. But it doesn’t do anything to affect the impact that the action had on someone else… I want you to gather in groups of three. And I’d like you to discuss the impact white fragility has on your work, organization, or those you serve through our organization.”

Towards the end of the session, they concluded that “whiteness history month” “comes at a cost to colleagues of color.”

So, if you try to dismantle racism and whiteness, then you’re racist because that harms people of color. If you ignore it, you’re still racist. If you’re not actively trying to dismantle it, then you’re also racist.

PCC president Sylvia Kelley can be reached at 971 722 4365.


Guilty Whites Read From Their Self Loathing Books

vlcsnap-2016-04-22-01h49m32s252A book excerpt reading took place at Portland Community College as part of their “whiteness history month”. Entitled “NW Writers Explore Whiteness, Its Causes and Impacts”, the event featured five authors who suffer from their white guilt, and decided to contribute to a book from 2Leaf Press. They went round-robin style, with each person reading about 30 seconds worth during each turn. “What Does It Mean To Be White In America is an anthology of more than 80 personal narratives that break the white code of silence. The authors come from a broad range of backgrounds and demographics, but share one thing in common; They are all white and willing to write about what being white has meant to them” says the announcer, as the event began.

One of the authors, Tereza Topferova Bottman, was originally from the Czech Republic, and had some startling things to say: “At first glance, ‘whiteness’ as status is all benefits, advantages, and shiny packages of sparkly goodies. But the truth is white people don’t make it through unscathed. Clearly, maintaining this hegemonic system comes at a cost to us whites. Recent studies show that white, middle aged men, unlike other groups, have a mortality rate that is rising at a rapid race. They’re dying from stress related causes. White Americans are also the biggest terror threat. We have been led to feel disconnected from the humanity of others as well as from our own. We fear being cast out from the only club to which we tentatively belong. This is the deadly set up we are up against, and it is high time for us to attempt to break free from these narratives and redefine our place as white people in the society and in the world.”

Patrik McDade was another presenter, and you can just feel the self loathing and guilt coming from his voice and mannerisms as he reads from his portions of the book.

Topferova Bottman continued by calling on people to renounce whiteness and capitalism: “I’m scared that the violence lurking beneath the mask of white supremacy will buckle out, targeting me as a woman, as someone with Jewish heritage, someone with a black partner and mixed race kids. This fear is real and visceral. But I organize despite it. Two years ago, with several others, I helped to form a group to EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, AND MOBILE white people to work for ‘racial justice’ as part of a multi racial majority for justice, we raise funds for grass roots organizations led by people of color. We volunteer our time and skills, we bring food, we show up to unplanned rallies, we phone bank and door knock to discuss issues pertinent to our community and to the Black Lives Matter movement. We educate ourselves, as well as other white people in our circles, we practice interrupting racism. This is hard work for me. THIS IS MY ANTIDOTE, TO VIOLENCE, APATHY, AND DESPAIR. I try to embody what I’ve longed for other white people to do. Which is to answer the call to acknowledge and renounce ‘whiteness’ for its historical and current inseparability form racial violence and oppression. I want to white people to oragnize, en masse, divest ourselves from the narrow definition of success in a capitalistic society that forces us to subscribe to the deadly values of white supremacy. What I ask of us is nothing short of building a new world, rooted in collective action, shaped by a narrative that strives to re-envision, co-create, collaborate, liberate across the great divisions of race, class, gender, and all the rest. THIS IS YOUR STORY AND MY STORY INTERTWINED.”

After the book excerpt reading, they took questions from the audience. Check out one such “question” from this overfed social justice wackjob, who just rambles on incoherently for three minutes, to the point where not the event the presenters could understand what she (or he?) was trying to ask. It sounds like unintelligible marxist word soup for 3+ minutes.

Topferova Bottman would also say that “whiteness” is a poison: “Gradually, I came to find that I could credit much of my reality in this society to white supremacist culture. The ideology of “whiteness” as status utterly envelops us Europeans, and its poisonous embrace. We cannot escape its cocoon. Rather, we carry whiteness with us like a charm that protects us from harm, shields from impact as we dive from the known to the unknown, parachuting from one spot on the globe to another as immigrants, tourists, or do-gooders abroad. The poison of white supremacy we ingest with our mother’s milk lingers.”

As if her words from this weren’t startling enough, turns out Tereza Topferova Bottman is a public school teacher, teaching “English Language Development” at Rigler School, which is a K-5 dual immersion school in northeast Portland.

One of the other authors, Ann Mavor, is apparently guilty about the wealth she has, but admits that she does little to help others: “My life is filled with decisions I make to maintain a privileged life, based on the oppression of others, past and present… I live off of money I inherited from my grand parents and parents. I don’t have many friends who are not white. I let fear stop me from reaching out to people of color. I buy clothes made by people who are paid poorly and work in unsafe conditions. I live in a nice apartment and eat healthy food, and look away from people who are homeless or poor. Mostly these are ways I stay passive and unconscious because to feel the full truth about racism and the harmful effects of capitalism would be unbearable.”

Portland Community College president Sylvia Kelley can be reached at 971 722 4365.

College’s Reparations Event Blasts Whites, Capitalism

WHM_poster_17x11_with_OEIlogo_FINAL.inddOne of the many events taking place as part of Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” centered around white people paying reparations to others. The speaker at the event ranted on about capitalism, Euro-centrism, and reaches the conclusion that whites owe more than $20 Trillion in reparations.

According the speaker, a “study last year published by social science quarterly, that the estimated amount of reparations owed to African people in the U.S. is $14.2 trillion. White people owe reparations but not only for the enslavement of Africans, they owe reparations for the ongoing colonization of Africans in the United States. And YES magazine published this really good story last year called ’40 Acres and A Mule’, and would be at least 6.4 Trillion today, in addition to the $14.2 Trillion for enslavementIt’s not enough for whites to say ‘we agree with or support reparations’, we could say today ‘yeah this sounds good, let’s put some pressure on the government to pay’. What are we doing to change the material relationship that we have to oppressed Africans in the United States? How are we acting today in material and measurable ways? So when we pay reparations right now, this goes to the struggle of Africans people for power, so that they can get that $14.2 Trillion check, but also so that they can build a dual contending power. So that they can have programs that benefit African people who have been prevented, by the existed system, for gaining access to the resources that are necessary for life… White people in the U.S. are European colonizers on stolen indigenous land, that the entire European nation of white identity lives off the stolen labor and resources of colonized Africans and all other oppressed peoples of the world, who are the majority of humanity. White people are actually the minority. As well as other animals and the planet itself, it’s also an environmental (???). All white people sit on a pedestal of the oppression of African people. All white people have benefited from the accumulated value of the slave trade. All white people benefited from the European colonization of Africa. We all benefited from the European genocide against the indigenous people of the Americas and in effect, their land. All white people have a different relationship with the police than the black community. And all white people have a responsible to end our complicity with this social system that murders and oppresses in our name. All white people have the responsibility to stand in solidarity with the African liberation. Now this is not ‘white guilt’. The call for reparations is based on a material understanding of history. It’s a scientific eval system of white Europe and white people have wealth and power, and it’s on account of this dialectal parasitic relationship with Africa that all African people, in all other nations colonized by white power. By parasitic, once again, we’re talking about the dialectic of the host and the parasite. The parasite lives off of the host, to the detriment of the host.”

She/he also goes on a rant about “parasitic, European, imperialist capitalism, which supports and sustains all white people” and claims that all colonized people are Africans, are “all people whose lives, resources, and labor are stolen by Europeans” and also says “The wealth and power of (???) are based on the theft and murder of Africa” and “We’re on indigenous land, right, and so the resources of this land are going to sustain white people, primarily. So white people sit on a pedestal of stolen labor, resources, and lives”

She/he (?) continues on by saying “Race Was Invented As An Instrument To Promote Racism” and “When we’re talking about ‘whiteness’, we’re really talking about a political category, we’re not talking about biological. Whiteness and capitalism and the European identity were born out of Europe’s attack on Africa and the Americas over 5 centuries ago, and that attack is still going on today.”

And also says that racism is the foundation of capitalism.

PCC president Sylvia Kelley can be reached by phone at 971 722 4365.

VIDEO: Chaos At ANOTHER TRUMP RALLY At Portland State University

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 4.42.58 PMThe PSU chapter of Students For Trump held another event on Saturday, April 16. This time, it was more a street march affair than a meeting in the cafeteria. They were joined by many pro Trump members of the community, thanks to the appearance by a crew from Info Wars.  The student body communists and other wackjobs from the community turned out in force, again, to counter protest. This time they were joined by members of the Brown Berets and Black Panthers.

Lots of screaming and shouting, some pushing and shoving, and couple of instances where some signs got torn up, nearly erupting in brawls.


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$15 Now Activists Storm University, Call for End of Capitalism, Trash White Men (Video)

vlcsnap-2016-04-15-15h55m54s142The radical marxist activists and unions from Portland State University were back at it again, on Thursday, April 14th, as they rallied for $15 NOW at the college. They started off on the megaphone complaining about capitalism and white males, as the bused-in SEIU astroturfers arrived. Then they marched through the Smith Memorial Student Union, chanting “We work, we sweat, put 15 on the check”, while disrupting work and business throughout the entire building.

The march then moved back outside, where they intentionally blocked traffic, including buses and light rail, at several intersections on their way to the Market Street building, where the administrators’ offices are. They gathered out front, continuing to scream and yell chants, while taping copies of their $15 Now petitions to the windows, in an effort to get the admins to raise the campus workers wages to $15 for the lowest paid.

Then they took the traffic blocking tactic to a new level by circling around the crosswalks in one intersection, blocking all traffic for a good 10 minutes. Horns were honking and some of the upset drivers got out of their cars to confront the wackjobs. After causing a traffic back-up that spanned several blocks in both directions, the activists called it a protest, and the SEIU astroturfers were bused back out and the students returned to their classes on 17th Century Belgian Lesbian Arts.

You may recognize many of the faces in this video, as several of them took part in the crashing of the Students For Trump meeting last week and the overrunning of the PSU Board Of Trustees meeting in late March.

“Whiteness” Month Features Child Indoctrination Training

vlcsnap-2016-04-14-18h14m09s180During a presentation entitled “Parents: The First Educators”, Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” delves into the task of indoctrinating children at young ages.

First off, they finally actually define “whiteness”: “This is the definition of whiteness that didn’t really start until the early 90s, actually using the term ‘whiteness’ and white power. It’s an academic term used to describe the social and political construct of white identity and relates to race and cultural norms. It examines the systems of normalcy related to these privileges and advantages. So there are privileges and advantages to being white in this society. So this is a term, and this is the term that we use to investigate white power privilege here at PCC this month

They go on to shame white culture, Christians, and white schooling.

“”White is right’ is a way of denying responsibility for perpetrating race and the racist system. This is just infused in our society and in every day experiences” says this presenter at event for parenting at “whiteness history month”. She goes on to say “So, the Europeans that came over here were white, Christian people. And so it’s the Christian holidays that are advertised and the ones that are celebrated in schools. And that’s part of the ‘white is right’, is the Christian belief system”

They encouraged islamic indoctrination by telling people to get books like “The Swirling Hijab”, and normalizing islamic ideas into children at young ages.

The presenters also told everyone how to guilt white children. “Education about white privilege is the best doorway to help those of us who think we are not racist to recognize that structurally and often unconsciously we still are”

And, of course, they went over general brainwashing. “We are all biased and prejudice, all of us are, by nature of being human beings… If we don’t talk about it, we are teaching children to be racist… Especially if you’re a white American. That’s part of the European upbringing, is that you don’t talk about things that make you uncomfortable, and you kind of hope they go away. Then, what we’re doing, and families of color have to talk about it to protect their children, and that’s the whole thing about equity and equality that isn’t fair. So that piece is a very European belief system. And we are developing mini racists by not saying anything like that. That’s our role”

They also encouraged parents to read the marxist writings of Howard Zinn to their children and shamed “white culture”. Here is a handout they were passing with other recommended reading material, “Book resources for nurturing white children”:

img038-2You can reach PCC president Sylvia Kelley at 971 722 4365.

“Whiteness” Speaker Reveals True Goal: Eliminating White People

vlcsnap-2016-04-14-18h54m26s14As “whiteness history month” progresses at Portland Community College, the question that has been posed over and over is “how do we dismantle whiteness?”

Well, during one of the sessions on Tuesday, April 12th, the speaker accidentally let it slip that getting rid of white people is the answer.

A participant began talking about her mom: “My mom is white, and she has three mixed race children, and uhmm, i was just thinking, like, just by having mixed race children, and like, having been married to a black man, in a lot of ways, she, like, gave up some of the white privilege.” To which the speaker answered “Right… And that kind of connects to my question, how can we dismantle white privilege

This is after PCC history professor, James Harrison, took heat after saying that the world will never see peace as long as “whiteness” exists, in a presentation called “Imagine A World Without Whiteness”.

Earlier in the session, they pondered all of the “unearned advantages” that some people have, which include being not disabled, speaking English, “handedness”, not having any dietary restrictions, being good looking, being part of a dominant religion, having long arms, gender, sexuality, and of course being white is an unearned advantage.

The woman who starts talking at around the 2:20 mark, about Puerto Rico and English, is Rut Martinez-Alicea, the same one who was defending black rapists in a previous video.

This was a workshop centered around an article that Peggy McIntosh wrote in 1988 entitled “White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack”. Here is what the presenter handed out at this particular event:

img031img032img033img034img035img036img037You can reach Portland Community College president Sylvia Kelley at 971 722 4365.

“Whiteness” Presenters Rip NRA, Trump, FOX, Cruz, Rush, Say All Mass Shooters White Males

vlcsnap-2016-04-06-22h01m08s229While giving a presentation on hierarchy and busting hierarchy as part of “whiteness history month” at Portland Community College, presenters Harriet and Charlotte Childress went on a rant about the NRA and white males, saying that there are no mass shooters of any other demographic. They also talk about the psychology involved in debating single issue subjects by NOT talking about the issue, and instead framing it in as an evil hierarchy of some sort.

Earlier in the event, they said that “clueless” Republicans who support who support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, and listen to Rush Limbaugh and watch FOX news are “conservators of hierarchy”, while showing comic strips that mock the stereotypical conservative.

In a comical twist of irony, they would go on to defend George Wallace, while calling him a “wheel chair rider”, and ignoring his party affiliation when talking about his staunch opposition to equal rights.

The Childress sisters are instructors in chemistry and engineering at Lane Community College. They made headlines three years ago by penning an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled “White men have much to discuss about mass shootings“, which was mocked relentlessly in conservative news.

The title of this lecture was “The Accumulation Effect: The national response to PCC’s Whiteness History Conference grew out of the accumulated effect of generations of hierarchy-busters. Learn simple powerful methods to keep progress for social change/social justice growing exponentially”, and focused on framing things in the concept of dismantling hierarchy, while trying to avoid the term “privilege”

They used a fictitious character, David, to explain how he might be higher on some hierarchies, and lower on others. Such as his race (Asian), height, hair, physical shape, and his ableism. Yes, his physical ability. He is “higher” on the ableism hierarchy scale because he has all 10 of his fingers, yet he’s lower on the sexuality scale because he’s gay and lives with his boyfriend.

College’s Black Power Forum Ejects Whites At “WHITENESS MONTH” EVENT (VIDEO)

vlcsnap-2016-04-06-11h58m22s228Tuesday’s festivities at Portland Community College’s “whiteness history month” incorporated a series called “Black Love“, which featured several breakout workshops with titles such as “Colorism”, “Black Founding Fathers”, and “Self Defense/Discussion”. Signs outside the rooms at the college read “Please respect that this workshop is for Black and African identified folks exploring their Blackness in a healthy and community based manor.”

At one point during the “self defense” workshop, they claimed that Donald Trump is racist, and a white woman raised her hand to point out that Trump has had several black people speak at his events. For this, they took her off to the side and told her she was being disrupting and had to leave. (Note the militant Black Panthers lined up on the right in the above pic, in uniform, complete with berets)

We decided to go back, with cameras rolling, as events cannot discriminate based on color, and events at public educational institutions are legally open to the public for participation.

What followed were several of the nearby participants being alarmed by the return of the evil Trump woman, and they placed a call to campus police. As campus police were en route, they noticed the camera and began to take issue with the recording of the events. Campus police arrived, and explained to the hosts, several of which were wearing “Black Love Is Black Power” shirts, that they could not eject anyone from the area who was not being disruptive, as it is a public area.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 4.24.02 PMSeveral of the hosts made the case that just the presence of white people with a video camera was disruptive, and that the videos of the “whiteness month” events were “hurting people”.

One can only imagine how the reaction would be if it were white students holding a “white love is white power” event on campus, and saying the events were for whites only, and calling campus police on black folks who tried to attend. It would be international news.

PCC President Sylvia Kelley can be reached at 971 722 4667.

College Professor’s Presentation: Imagine a World WITHOUT WHITENESS (VIDEO)

vlcsnap-2016-04-05-16h35m53s75In the continuing saga of “whiteness history month” at Portland Community College, history and humanities professor James Harrison gave a presentation entitled “Imagine A World Without Whiteness”.

Parts of his presentation included passages where he channeled John Lennon’s “Imagine” and said “Imagine everyone living together in peace, a world without conflict…It would be a world without whiteness”

He went on to say that even poor white people have PRIVILEGE. (Note that this guy is a professor at a public institution, probably hauling in a six figure salary, wearing nice suits, probably drives a BMW. Oh the oppression!)

And even though PCC officials have been stressing that these events have nothing to do with race, Professor Harrison goes on to start talking about racial demographics, and says “whiteness is on the retreat”.

And in typical modern academia fashion, he, of course, blames capitalism for “whiteness”.

So even though “whiteness” is supposedly a bad thing, he goes on to say that black folks shouldn’t mock other blacks who are “acting white”.

Yet we also need to “oppose” and “dismantle whiteness”, while promoting multiculturalism and anti-racism in the education system.

You can reach PCC president Sylvia Kelley at 971 722 4667.