State University Launches 'Anti-Black Racism' Minor

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How would you like to major in white supremacy? In school, that is. The University of Maryland (UMD) is nearly offering the opportunity.

In 2020, the institution launched its Anti-Black Racism Initiative (ABRI). From the official introduction:


In response to the recent tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other African Americans — in many of these cases at the hands of law enforcement — the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)…formed The Anti-Black Racism Initiative to further coordinate, publicize, and enhance our efforts to identify, disrupt, and prevent anti-Black racism.

The project’s mission is to “promote long-term change in the college and on the campus, and beyond,” as well as to “elevate the status and experience of African Americans.”

[W]e are self-examining and promoting changes in how we engage antiracism; how we teach undergraduate and graduate levels; and how we hire, mentor, support, and retain faculty and staff.

Antiracism, if you’re unaware, has been thusly defined by UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw:

“[It] is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance. This…involves a critical understanding of the history of whiteness in [the U.S.].”

UMD asserts America’s system has a KKK-ish core; and it’s aiming at that sinister center:


We have committed to investigating, discussing, and taking action to recognize and prevent systemic racism, anti-Black racism and violence. … Our research on anti-Black racism focuses on topics such as policing and police brutality, judicial processes, sentencing, voting and social movements, work and the economy, violence, family, health, geography, and climate.

In the effort to obliterate America’s white-supremacist ways — and integral to racial research — the University has announced a “Minor in Anti-Black Racism.” Per the Department of African American Studies page:

The Department of African American Studies collaborated with the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Education, The School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health are excited to introduce a new Minor in Anti-Black Racism effective Fall 2023.

Anti-Black racism is conceptualized as policies and practices rooted in social institutions (i.e. education, healthcare, criminal justice system, housing) that reinforce prejudice and discrimination towards people of African descent. This minor will give students a deeper understanding of these policies, practices, beliefs, and behaviors as well as ways to work to ensure they can be inclusive leaders…


As evidenced by a host of headlines, the justice-minded among us are pounding away at prejudice against the profoundly pigmented:

Professor Prescribes ‘Reregulation’ to Help White People Stop Their Racist Violence

Black Student Union Demands More Black-Only Housing to Obliterate ‘Unrelenting Anti-Blackness’

College Symposium Razes the Anti-Black Racism of ‘Good’ Grammar

Activist Demands Whites Buy ‘Black Panther’ Tickets for Black People and Possibly Die for Them

UCLA Students Stump for Segregation to Pummel ‘Pervasive’ Anti-Blackness

And the University of Maryland is especially on the ball:

Public University Seeks General Writing Consultant — Who Actively Fights the Oppressive White Race

Professor: Cancer Researchers Should Show Their Faces to Prove They Aren’t White

Back to the Minor in Anti-Black Racism, it’s an interesting idea. Historically, the purpose of college has been to ready young adults for careers. For what kind of job might the program prepare participants? The academic world undoubtedly awaits. Otherwise, there are oodles of employers with DEI departments and antiracist engagement. So goes our new ideological job market, and so goes the University of Maryland.


Through a radical array of efforts, let’s hope white supremacy is finally vanquished. Oddly, the more we rise against it, the more it appears to thrive:



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