Portland Community College Whiteness History Month: ‘Imagine a world without whiteness’

Portland Community College’s “Whiteness History Month” is highlighting the types of controversial conversations about race that are shaping America’s next generation of leaders.

The school is hosting more than 100 planned events centered on the system of white supremacist oppression that minorities, particularly black people, are forced to endure and the conscious and unconscious “white privilege” all whites enjoy.

In a video of one event posted to YouTube, PCC history and humanities professor James Harrison delivered a lecture titled “Imagine A World Without Whiteness” in which he invokes the words of John Lennon to explain why he equates peace with abolishing “whiteness.”

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. John Lennon penned these words in 1971, and my interpretation is that he’s talking about ‘Imagine everyone living together in peace.’ That would be not necessarily a perfect world, but a good world. And how do we get to that good world is the question – a world without conflict,” Harrison said.

“And to me, my interpretation of these words, is it would be a world, for the U.S., without whiteness, in terms of the power structure,” he continued.

Progressives Today posted videos of Harrison’s lecture as part of its continuing coverage of Whiteness History Month, along with commentary of the clips.

“He went on to say that even poor white people have privilege,” the news site reports. “And even though PCC officials have been stressing that these events have nothing to do with race, … Harrison goes on to start talking about racial demographics, and says ‘whiteness is on the retreat.’”


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