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Controversial 'Problem of Whiteness' course offered at UW

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is responding to criticism over an African cultural studies course offered next semester.

The course is called "The Problem of Whiteness." According to the online description, it “aims to understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.”

Republican state Sen. Steve Nass issued a statement condemning UW-Madison's decision to hold the class. In a press release, Nass wrote that the university "needs to explain to the hardworking families of this state why their money is being wasted to advance the politically correct agenda of liberal administrators and staff."

UW-Madison also issued a statement defending the course, writing that it’s "a challenge to racism of all kinds and will benefit students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of race issues."

Professor Damon Sajnani will teach the course this spring. In an email to News 3, he said his critics know nothing about the course other than the title.


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