College creates “#GetWoke syllabus” to fight Trump

Beloit College recently published a “#GetWoke” syllabus in an effort to encourage students to familiarize themselves with the anti-Trump resistance movement.

The syllabus, called “#GetWoke: Activism and Organizing During 45 Syllabus,” was created by the school’s diversity office for its upcoming “#GetWoke lecture series,” providing a “general overview of white supremacy, fascism, race and racism, and nation-state.”

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“Since the election of the 45th President, the United States has seen a rise in the number of protests and organized forms of resistance to the current administration,” the syllabus notes, adding that “since the 2016 Presidential election, the question of what it means to protest and organize in the current administration is pressing.”

The syllabus then suggests that protesting is “at the heart of what it means to demand the state sees you when you sit at the margins of society,” encouraging students to listen to protest songs such as KRS One’s “Sound of Da Police,” or read texts like “Social Justice Organizing” for inspiration.

Although the syllabus never explicitly encourages involvement in the movement, a recent Facebook post from the diversity office asks students who are “frustrated by what is going on in the world and don’t know where to start” to “take a look” at the syllabus as a “starting place for resources.”

Among the resources included in the syllabus are related syllabi on similar topics, such as a “Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves,” and another on how “All Monuments Must Fall.”

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Additionally, the college plans to host at least four #GetWoke panels during the upcoming school year, the first of which will be delivered later this month by Moya Bailey, a feminist academic who coined misogynoir, a term derived from intersectional feminist theory to describe the misogynistic experiences of black women in particular.

While the remaining three panels have yet to be officially announced, topics are set to including “the place of youth in organizing” and “radical self loves as a form of liberation.”

Campus Reform reached out to Beloit College for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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