DAILYKENN.com -- White people, otherwise known as the bourgeoisie in Western culture, are racist. To assure college kids get the "hate white people" message, a class is being offered at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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Florida Gulf Coast University student Aimee Weigt doesn't shy away from discussing difficult social issues, so she didn't hesitate to sign up for a new class that will be offered at FGCU called "White Racism."
Ted Thornhill, an assistant professor of sociology, will teach the course, starting in January. He plans to cover everything from ways to challenge white supremacy to the ideologies, laws, policies and practices in this country that have allowed for "white racial domination over those racialized as non-white," according to a course description.
Fifty students are signed up to take the class, but it has caused some controversy at the school, mostly due to its name. At least one flier about the class was defaced.
"Not everybody is a fan of it, but I know because Thornhill is so articulate when it comes to developing classes that it's going to be super well done and especially because it's a topic that he is very comfortable teaching," said Weigt, 22, a sociology major.
FGCU College Republicans treasurer Alex Pilkington said he talked to Thornhill about the course's name after a recent panel discussion on campus about racism. He said Thornhill did a good job justifying the name, but he still thinks it is problematic.
"I would have preferred a name more like 'Systemic Racism' because giving it 'White Racism' as the name of the class I feel like it's intentional that you are trying to make white people look at the class a certain way," said Pilkington, 22, an accounting major.
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Thornhill has been teaching courses on race, racism, white supremacy and racial inequality for nearly a decade.
He said one of the reasons he decided to teach a "White Racism" course at FGCU is because students have told him that they want more classes on race and racism.
Thornhill said the new class will include discussions about the classification of people based on race and the privileges that come along with being at the top of the hierarchy.
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