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Anti-racist course at 100 British universities teaches that “cancellation has benefits”

The Open University, the largest higher education institution in the UK by number of students (more than 175 thousand), has launched an “anti-racist” training program ” which claims that the English language preaches a “white superiority”.

The program, called Union Black (something like “União Negra”) , teaches academics across the country, in almost universities, that the “cultural psychology of the English language” has a “white hegemony” ingrained within it. it was “hidden in” into the minds of English speakers.

“Along with religion, politics, law and customs, white superiority is embedded in the linguistic and cultural psychology of the English language. (…) Consequently, given the global reach of the English language, the assumption of white hegemony was introduced in a hidden way into the consciousness of white people, black people and people of color”, says the material, which also adheres to the new idea of that racism would not only be a conscious belief of a few, but an “unconscious bias” that all people carry and about which they may be “in denial”.

The authors of the program of studies are diversity experts at the Open University. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, the Santander group invested 500 thousand pounds sterling in Union Black, more than R$3 million at the current price. Institutions such as Imperial College London have adopted the course.

Attack on Winston Churchill

Diversity experts claimed in the material that “ in 1955, Prime Minister Winston Churchill won a general election with a theme of ‘Keep England White’”. In 2020, the statue of this statesman who decided to go to war with Hitler needed to be protected with sidings against the vandalism of radicals from the Black Lives Matter movement (“Black Lives Are Important”).

The anti-racist program repeats clichés of racial identity, such as the impossibility of whites being victims of racism. “Reverse racism is a mythological idea”, as groups need power to be racist. Changing the definition of racism from prejudice based on racial characteristics to a game of power is one of the hallmarks of identity activism and suggests its academic roots in the “critical theory” of the so-called Frankfurt school, also known as “cultural Marxism”. The philosopher Herbert Marcuse, an exponent of this school, preached that “liberating tolerance” consists of “intolerance against right-wing movements and tolerance of left-wing movements”.

“’White’ people only exist in opposition to ‘black’ people, both of which are socially constructed ideologies”, claim the academics of Union Black. “A disinterested analysis of who might be racist suggests that no other ethnic group or racial saying has so successfully ideologically and economically imposed racialized ideas on the collective psyche of its own group and others as white Europeans.”

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Zareer Masani, historian of the British Empire, said that the program is “characteristically identitary” and that it is “a warning sign of the takeover of academy for identity”. The program “is ahistorical, it’s ignorant, and it’s illiterate,” he told the Telegraph. “It is a sad sign of identity brainwashing in our future academics. It reveals an abysmal ignorance of how any language evolves, assimilating diverse influences along the way.” The terms used by Masani, “woke” and “wokedom”, can also be translated as “lacrador” and “lacração”, used in informal Brazilian political language.

Santander defended its financing of the course and claims he has been well received. The Open University is “proud to work with Santander in the development of this course that aims to raise awareness of racism and build allies that support inclusion”. The course is less bland in language: “Regarding racial/social justice, cancel culture has been shown to promote benefits.” Among the benefits of the cancel culture would be “promoting collective action to achieve social justice and cultural change through social pressure.”

In Brazil, Santander Cultural in Porto Alegre was involved in controversy similar in 2017 with the exhibition “Queermuseu”, with an LGBT identity theme, in which 84 artists were involved and 175 works. A display piece was a naked man that children could touch. Closed by Santander, the exhibition reopened the following year at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Rio after almost two thousand people donated a total of more than R$1 million to the event. The original exhibition had been financed with R$ 800 thousand of tax exemption via the Rouanet Law.

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