Beginning in the spring 2018 semester, Florida Gulf Coast University will begin offering a course called White Racism.
While the course title has raised some eyebrows, the objective is timely given the recent rise in white supremacy and racism in areas across the United States and beyond.
The class, led by Dr. Ted Thornhill, “will interrogate the concept of race; examine the racist ideologies, laws, policies, and practices that have operated for hundreds of years to maintain white racial domination over those racialized as non-white.”
Students will also have the opportunity “to discuss ways to challenge white racism and white supremacy toward promoting an anti-racist society where whiteness is not tied to greater life chances.”
“I saw a poster the other day about it,” FGCU student Jessica Augustin told NBC 2. “I think it’s perfect. I think it’s amazing. I personally loved it. I think the name is genius.”
Florida Gulf Coast University students are being offered a course called White Racism in the spring 2018 semester.
The description alone has piqued the interest of a number of students, many of whom commended the professor who created the course.
“I think it’s a good idea, open people’s eyes and make people more aware,” Nina Guiton, a student at FGCU, told the outlet. “It probably might make some people upset. I love it, I hope everyone takes it.”
“I like how he’s not scared of, like, backlash from anybody, Anisa Bills, who also attends the university, said of Thornhill.
White Racism will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., according to the FGCU class search. Enrollment for the course has been closed.