Prof offers course on how 'racism is endemic to American life'
- A Brown University professor is making her course on how “Critical Race Theory” available to the public through an online module.
- Professor Adrienne Keene, who describes herself as a “white-coded indigenous woman,” explains that CRT is based on the premise that “racism is endemic to American life."
A Brown University professor is making her course on how “racism is endemic to American life” available to the public through an online module.
Professor Adrienne Keene, who describes herself as a “white-coded indigenous woman,” has created a website for her Critical Race Theory (CRT) course to serve as “an online interactive space and resource hub for those who would like to learn with the course this semester, but are not at Brown or able to take the course in person."
According to an introductory powerpoint for the course, Keene suggests that the key “tenets” of CRT are that “racism is endemic to American life,” and that “racism has contributed to all contemporary manifestations of group advantage and disadvantage.”
In her powerpoints, Keene includes weekly hot topics for students to discuss, such as “DACA,” “Taylor Swift memes,” and “they added a white prince to Aladdin” for the first week of class.
“CRT has a commitment to praxis and making theory applicable to the real world and communities, so this is a chance to apply CRT lenses to an analysis of current events,” she explains of the practice.
Meanwhile, a syllabus listed for the course affirms that “by the end of the course, students will have a clearer understanding of...the endemic nature of racism and white supremacy to US society at its founding and into the present.”
Notably, Keene points out on her site for the course that she already has more than “600 people subscribed to the course,” and so “won’t be able to offer feedback or grades,” though students will still be expected to complete a final research project, a “positionality paper,” and participate regularly in the class.
According to policies for the course found in the syllabus, students “are expected to respectfully refer to each other by preferred names and pronouns during class discussions.”
Recently, during debates surround the propriety on Confederate monuments, Keene suggested that protesters should start going after “mascots too.”
Additionally, Keene claimed in an April tweet that phrases such as “circle the wagons,” “low man on the totem pole,” and “powwow” are all offensive, telling her followers to find “new phrases please.”
Campus Reform reached out to Keene for comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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