Race & Identity
Professor Uses 'Pyramid of White Supremacy' To Teach Education Class
Controversial white supremacy pyramid causes a stir on university campus.
A class at Salisbury University has employed a “white supremacy pyramid” as a teaching method.
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The class, “Diversity and the Self,” is a required course for anyone seeking an elementary education degree at the institution. The pyramid is divided into seven categories: genocide, violence, call to violence, discrimination, veiled racism, minimization and indifference.
The pyramid ranks various macro and microaggressions by impact under each category. Terms like “mass murder” and “unjust police shootings” are at the top while “racist jokes” and “avoid confrontation with racist family members” sit at the bottom.
“This class was extremely difficult to get through if you did not think like a liberal. Instead of teaching diversity, this class taught us that being white was a bad thing,” an anonymous student told conservative website Campus Reform.
“We were told that we were only privileged because we are white and basically we did not actually work for what we have.”
The course is taught by Erin Stutelberg who, according to Delmarva Public Radio, didn’t want her students to only associate racism with groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
Salisbury University supports Stutelberg’s use of the pyramid. “The white supremacy pyramid is just one of the tools Dr. Stutelberg said she used to teach her students to think critically about race, class and gender,” the university told Fox News in a statement. “Per University academic freedom policies, faculty are free to disseminate to their students' information, even when controversial, so long as it is educationally relevant.”