College Hosts White History Month, But It's Probably Not What You Think

January 19, 2016Jan 19, 2016

Ever wonder why schools celebrate a "Black History Month" but not a "White History Month?" Well, Portland Community College (PCC) now has one, entitled "Whiteness History Month." But the subject matter might be a little different than you think.


According to Campus Reform, a college project attached to the month makes a distinction between "white" as a light-skinned European ethnicity and "whiteness," which "refers to the construction of the white race, white culture, and the system of privileges and advantages afforded to white people in the U.S. (and across the globe) through government policies, media portrayal, decision-making power within our corporations, schools, judicial systems, etc."

A detailed description of the project closely ties white culture to racism and seeks solutions for "dismantling whiteness," especially in college campus life. PCC makes it clear that unlike other heritage months, "Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change" is not a "celebratory endeavor."

What do you think of this? Does this hurt or help ethnic relations?