Among the many incidents I have read in the last years about students complaining that the Western curriculum still remains “too white, too male and too Eurocentric,” the most revealing one is the recent decision by Reed College (on April 2018) to make their Humanities 110, which all first year students are required to take, more inclusive in response to months-long sit-ins and forced cancellations of Hum 110 lectures by a group called “Reedies Against Racism”.
Staring the next calendar year, the “white supremacist” Hum 110, which focused on the humanistic traditions of the “ancient Mediterranean and Athens,” will be replaced by a new Hum course that will dedicate the second term solely to history and texts related to Mexico City in the 15th through 20th centuries, and Harlem from 1919 to 1952.
She does not teach Plato, she adds, to educate students in philosophical reflection and dialogical pursuit of truth; no, that is not the point. The reason why Plato should be taught is to instruct students how white male reasoning has been uniquely misogynist since Plato:
Don’t write Plato off as a misogynist. Instead, try considering how it is that misogyny is a logical result, for him, of his reasoning.
Don’t current progressive students know that the purpose of teaching Europe’s Middle Ages is no longer to instruct students that medieval Europe was the first civilization to “institutionalize reason” within self-governing universities which offered a curriculum “overwhelmingly oriented toward analytical subjects: logic, science, mathematics, and natural philosophy”?
Can’t they understand that our current academics are super edgy diverse characters who no longer want to draw student’s attention to the “epochal shift from qualitative to quantitative perception” that European initiated in the 1200s, which led to a new conception of time as a succession of quanta, and a new polyphonic music where sounds could be seen as a phenomena moving through time, written on a paper using a codified and standardized system of notation for all sounds and rests?
Being a “Conservative” is not Enough to Teach the West
|African Conservatives trying to get into Europe to study Western Civilization
Martínez Valdivia was at a loss trying to make sense how students would fail to understand that she is a culturally enriched professor who uses a few Western text to promote progressive politics. Conservatives came to her assistance, offering her a platform to express her “pro-Western” desire to protect Hum 110.
Conservatives are now protectors of the radicals from 10-15 years ago.
This Hum course, with its focus on the “Mediterranean,” is actually a product of student protests in the 1990s against required courses at the time on Western Civilization and the “Western Canon”. We are far from these days. As was reported by the National Association of Scholars in 2010:
In 1964, the Western Civilization survey course in various guises, along with related courses such as
Great Books surveys, were to be found at all the colleges and universities we surveyed. By 2010, the
course had disappeared entirely as a requirement at these institutions and was available in some less
emphasized form at less than a third of them.
If non-Europeans were central to the making of the West, how come the achievers are still White? If Africans and Moslems migrated into Europe and intermixed with the population for thousands of years, why don’t Europeans look like Obama? If we really think that Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle are a few among hundreds of other equally great thinkers from the Americas, Africa and Asia, why are we still dedicating a higher proportion of the content to these thinkers? Should they not be only 5% or so?
The notion that Mestizos will embrace the history of Europe once Europeans are seen as the progenitors of “values for humanity,” “inclusiveness,” “end to racism” merely incites them to affirm their own racial identity while reducing white students to characterless clones no one can possibly respect as having ancestors with “values for humanity”.
Whites must simply reclaim the West as uniquely theirs, as a civilization that produced more great thinkers than all the other cultures combined, and as the civilization that must remain heavily White in demographics if it is too survive.