- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Arizona State University is offering an English course this semester that promises to explore critical race theory and the “problem of whiteness” in American literature and culture.

“U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness” is being taught by ASU assistant professor Lee Bebout, who is white, Campus Reformreported.

A vague course description on the university’s website reads: “Major critical schools of recent decades — postcolonialist, psychoanalytic, deconstructionist, feminist, new historicist.”

Texts required for the course include “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness,” “Critical Race Theory,” “Everyday Language of White Racism,” “Playing in the Dark” and “The Alchemy of Race and Rights.”

Twenty people are enrolled in the class, which began Jan. 12.

“I think it shows the significant double standard of higher education institutions,” James Malone, a junior economics major, told Campus Reform. “They would never allow a class talking about the problem of ‘blackness.’ And if they did, there would be an uproar about it. But you can certainly harass people for their apparent whiteness.”

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