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    University of Iowa
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    Racial prejudice
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Prof. Linley came to public attention in August 2017, facing accusations of racism. This followed Linley’s publication of an article entitled “Teaching to deconstruct whiteness in higher education.” According to Linley’s curriculum, her objective is to “dismantle whiteness”. Linley’s methodology in teaching about white privilege is what garnered the most criticism, as she discusses “segregating students by race” which allows students of color to discuss racism without “defensive reactions from white peers,” and to help white students “reveal their own white ignorance.”[1]

Linley argues that her objective is to “dismantle whiteness,” resolving to develop courses rejecting the notion that “neutrality and objectivity are realistic and attainable.” She maintains that such “supposedly neutral” curricula “intrinsically perpetuates hegemonic racism, sexism, classism, ableism, cisgenderism, and heterosexism.”[2]

[1] Rogers, K. (Aug. 18, 2017). Iowa Professor Threatened After Writing Article Some Are Calling Racist. News 7 KWWL. Retrieved from http://www.kwwl.com/story/36162431/2017/08/Thursday/iowa-professor-threatened-after-writing-article-some-are-calling-racist

[2] Airaksinen, T. (Aug. 9, 2017). Prof Pledges to ‘Deconstruct Whiteness’ in All Her Courses. Campus Reform. Retrieved from https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9569

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ACPA – College Student Educators International; NAPSA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; CLGBTA – Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness.

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