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No White Men In ‘American Political Thought’ Course



From the Founding Fathers to John Locke and Voltaire, it would be really hard to have an honest discussion about American political thought without reading the works of white men. But that’s exactly what the University of Colorado, Denver is doing with its “American Political Thought” course.

The syllabus says “Rather than surveying traditional figures of American political thought, it attends to historically marginalized voices at the crossings of race, gender, sexuality, and nation,” according to The College Fix. Right below is a picture of a “Make America Great Again” slogan with the “great” part obliterated.

Alright so this really is just simple demographics here. America is a majority-white nation. America was even more of a majority-white nation at the time of its founding. So using your basic deduction skills, which I would really hope you have if you’re the professor teaching this course, you should be able to easily arrive at the conclusion that, yeah, most of the political theory is going to come from whites. Now it’s no shock to see some really zany elective courses offered at schools these days, but this “American Political Thought” course is one of the few classes that can be taken to fulfill a degree requirement for political science majors at CU Denver.

Let’s also take a look at some of the imagery this professor, Chad Shomura, uses in the course syllabus. We showed you the damaged MAGA sign, but then there’s also one of some object blocking a white guy in a chair, another with the red stripes of the American flag mixed with bloody nooses, and then this picture of something called “Demoncracy” with what looks to be two kissing half-human half-horses.

Forget teaching Colorado’s aspiring politicians and think tank leaders — this guy might just need an exorcism.


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