James Madison University JMU), a publically funded college in Virginia, has introduced a course, simply called, “Black Lives Matter.” The class indoctrinates students to affirm and copy the movement’s violent strategies, “in the era of a New Jim Crow.”
The class is being offered under the Women and Gender Studies Department (typical!) and wil explore the, “radical resistance of the Black Lives Matter movement to state sanctioned violence against black and brown communities.”
The course covers various inane topics like “black joy in the face of oppression” and “the media dismissal of Black Lives Matter in favor of focus on ‘black on black’ crime.’”
The course would be particularly focused on how BLM, founded by the LGBTQ black women, differs from the original 1970s Black Nationalist movement, which had homophobic underlying messages, according to student newspaper, The Breeze.
The class is being taught by Dr. Beth Hinderliter, an associate professor of feminism. On her JMU profile she lists her accomplishments as , co-editor of “(Re)framing the Feminine: Women’s Studies, Feminism, Gender Identity and the Academy,” which examines the persistent exclusionary aspects of feminism today after many decades of striving to become intersectional, transnational, and inclusive.
Hinderliter had said that her “Black Lives Matter” course will collaborate with other courses “to interconnect students on the topics of activism, racism and politics… [and] show that there’s a wider community at JMU interested in the topic of Black Lives Matter,” the Breeze had reported in its story.
One of these courses is also a sociology class on “the construction of whiteness” by A.J. Morey, associate provost for the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement, was instrumental in creating this particular course.
She further said that the students who had voiced their concerns about the course’s BLM focus should know, “Education is more than a paycheck—it’s about becoming a more decent human being. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t decent now, it just means that there are always ways we can learn and grow.”
This spring, the JMU students could also sign up for a special course that asks them to work on a new semester-long project of researching upon a specific branch of the protest culture.
In March, JMU would also be hosting its 12th Annual Diversity Conference, where the grants and awards for diversity research are going to be announced. Last year’s theme was “All Included All Engaged,” whose activities included a collaborative mosaic that asked attendees “to express what diversity means to [them].”
I wonder how they plan on treating any White people who are delusional enough to sign up for the class?