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Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018

Oregon’s Reed College amends Western Civ class after protests call it ‘Caucasoid’ and ‘Eurocentric’

The Reed College adminstration and staff have agreed to revise the mandatory freshman humanities course, Humanities 110, focused on the Western Canon in response to student protests which called it “Caucasoid” and “Eurocentric.”

Labeled “Snowflakes” by Ben Shapiro and other free speech advocates, the students appear to be racist against whites and want the class to allow for more authors of color and to study thinkers from geographic locations beyond Europe – even though that is the essence of the class.

The course had traditionally focused on scholars underpinning Western Civilization, and assigned books written by Greco-Roman thinkers such as Aristotle, Plato and Ovid, as well as from Mesopotamia and Egypt.

“I am a student of color who has trouble focusing because the curriculum at Reed is Eurocentric and is unrelated to my lived experience. Being told that the West is the most important topic of study damages my mental health and makes me less able to learn. I think this is true for many, many students of color, and that is part of why we do what we do,” Alex Boyd, a main Reedies Against Racism organizer, told The College Fix last September.

Reed College protests, photo/ screenshot YouTube

Professor Libby Drumm said faculty considered “a number of robust proposals” and that they will usher in the new curriculum over the next few years. The new course will include a four-module design, one of which will focus on the ancient Mediterranean history that has been a main cause of the protests, and another on the Americas.

“Because the four-module structure is a significant change from the way the course is now structured and a new syllabus will need to be developed, the new syllabus will be phased in over the next two to three years,” Drumm stated. “In fall 2018 we will begin to implement the new syllabus with two modules, one that includes the study of classical Athens and the other the study of existing course content. In spring 2019 two new modules will be implemented, both focused in the Americas and consisting entirely of new materials and lectures.”

The Reedies are not satisfied and a new post by The Fix: “The currently proposed cities are Athens, Rome, Mexico City, and New York City. We believe that New York should definitely include Harlem and that we’re watching to see what texts the faculty are gonna choose,” the Reedies said to The Fix.

In a Facebook statement, the Reedies said that they oppose the likely starting point of Athens or Rome because they believe that “centering the first module on Athens or Rome maintains the racist notion that the West is the key to other civilizations.”

The group has made headlines for their rowdy protests, shutting the school down somewhat in November with their liberal fascist tactics, more HERE

 

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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