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The University of Minnesota offered a lecture program that taught students, A.A. style, how to recover from being white. The program was created by guilt-ridden therapist Cristina Combs.
The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Continuing Education Series recently hosted what they called a Special Webinar Series that was titled, “Deconstructing & Decentralizing White-ness in Practice: A Three-Part Series,” in which a lecture titled “Recovery from White Conditioning” taught white people how to use a “12-step” program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to “recover and reclaim our full humanity.”
Combs, an admitted white supremacist, unlike President Trump, who has denounced white supremacy repeatedly, said, “When BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) activists would use the term ‘white supremacy’ to talk about the systems that needed to change and the work that white people needed to do, my instinct was to recoil. It felt like too hard or too raw of a word, and I didn’t like it. And I ultimately realized that that is my ego … Stepping into that tension and accepting my connection to white supremacy has been a freedom of sorts to show up in better alignment with my values and do the work for the rest of my life.”
A basic problem with white people who say, “blame me,” is that they did not personally do anything wrong. I teach my kids to apologize and make amends when they do something wrong. I do not teach them to apologize for the wrongdoing of others, especially the wrongdoing of people 50-200 year ago. My children are not taught for being born white in America.
Here are the 12-steps of Comb’s asinine program.
Step 1: “We admitted that we had been socially conditioned by the ideology of white supremacy.”
Step 2: “We came to believe that we could embrace our ignorance as an invitation to learn.”
Step 3: “We develop support systems to keep us engaged in this work.”
Step 4: “We journeyed boldly inward, exploring and acknowledging ways in which white supremacist teachings have been integrated into our minds and spirits.”
Step 5: “We confessed our mistakes and failings to ourselves and others.”
Step 6: “We were entirely ready to deconstruct previous ways of knowing, as they have been developed through the lens of white supremacy.”
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Step 7: “We humbly explored new ways of understanding…proactively seeking out new learning and reconstructing a more inclusive sense of reality.”
Step 8: “We committed ourselves to ongoing study of our racial biases, conscious or unconscious, and our maladaptive patterns of white supremacist thinking.”
Step 9: “We develop strategies to counteract our racial biases.”
Step 10: “We embraced the responsibility of focusing on our impact, more than our intentions, in interactions with people of color.”
Step 11: “We engage in daily practices of self-reflection.”
Step 12: “We committed ourselves to sharing this message with our white brothers, sisters, and siblings…in order to build a supportive recovery community and to encourage personal accountability within our culture.”
The only thing I can conclude about people who subscribe to this…religion of sorts..is that they lack purpose and meaning in their life. They engage in this self-flagellation as a means of gaining purpose and meaning for their life and to feel important.
They don’t seem to realize the irony of the fact that they are, themselves, being racist toward white people. They are stereotyping white people and putting all white people into a box, simply based on their skin color.
The people who subscribe to this thinking are, plain and simple, indoctrinated. Any parent who spends their hard-earned money sending their child to the University of Minnesota is, at this point, a fool.