Welfare state must rise up, 'exert control over free market'

Professor teaches it's necessary for 'racially just society'

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The “welfare state” must rise up and take control in the United States, declares a teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The textbook used by Mustafa Emirbayer for his Sociology 134 Class, “American Racial and Ethnic Minorities, is his own book, “Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America,” reports CampusReform.org.

The text calls for a “racially just society” in which “the welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market,” according to the report.

“The American welfare state – perhaps the skinniest in the developed world – could be fattened up,” he wrote in the book co-authored with Matthew Desmond. “The skimpy American welfare state – in large part responsible for the millions of citizens living hand-to-mouth today – would expand by generous proportions.”

Emirbayer writes the “welfare state would rise up to exert control over the free market, making sure to protect vulnerable citizens from its erratic whims.”

His students can find the book on Amazon.com, where it sells for nearly $70.

His book is the only text he assigns for the class.

University officials declined to respond to repeated requests from CampusReform.org for comment. Emirbrayer did not respond either to CampusReform.org or WND requests for comment.

An online description of the course announces that besides addressing the issue of minorities, the course “also [is] an introduction to the sociological study of whites and whiteness in America.”

“When you speak in class, please refer exclusively to authors and texts we happen to be reading that day (or read earlier in the semester),” the teacher instructs students.

At the Ratemyprofessors.com site, Emirbayer repeatedly is criticized for being “boring.”

“As interesting as this subject matter is, I really couldn’t stand this class. The lectures were not well organized, he often got behind, and he could have articulated himself better. The exams (written by the TA’s I might add) were extremely poorly written. He was not about helping students, and insisted that you ask only a TA for help,” said one student.

Another wrote, “He wrote the book, and is not only biased but obsessed with himself.”

“His book makes some interesting points but it’s very biased,” added a third. “Many of his arguments are reaching and some of them are just completely inaccurate.”

CampusReform.org previously reported the University of Minnesota-Duluth launched a race-based advertising campaign that blasted whites for being “privileged” in society.
The school’s “UnFair Campaign” was being promoted by University of Minnesota-Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black

In a university website statement posted just weeks ago, Black wrote, “The UnFair Campaign strives to raise awareness about white privilege in our community, provide resources for understanding and action, and facilitate dialogue and partnership that result in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice.”

He continued: “Advancing equity, diversity, and social justice requires persistence and long-term difficult work at all levels of our campus community. Remember, ‘Equity and diversity efforts must be led not only by people with formal authority, but also by faculty, staff, students, and administrators at every level of operation and responsibility.’ (Reimagining Equity and Diversity: A Framework for Transforming the University of Minnesota)”

A public service announcement features white people with slogans written on their faces. They make statements including, “We’re privileged and that’s unfair.”

WND also previously reported on a “White Privilege Conference” held in Minneapolis.

An organization called the Minnesota Justice Collaborative was host, and partner sponsors included Hamline University, Augsburg College, Gustavus Adolphus, The Denver Foundation, University of St. Thomas and the National Center for Race Amity.

The conference’s premise is that the U.S. was started by white people, for white people. It examines “concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.”

In an article in the organization’s inaugural journal edition, Paul Kivel, a “violence prevention educator” and co-founder of the Oakland Men’s Project, elaborated on his belief that whites are oppressors.

“I think that it is safe to say that all white people benefit some from racism, all men benefit some from sexism, but only those at the top of the pyramid truly gain from this system and enjoy privileges that most of us can only imagine,” he wrote.

Kivel said Christianity “has also played a key role in developing and justifying systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, colonialism and genocide.”

“Racism also had its beginning in Christianity as the distinction between Christians and non-Christians took on a biological difference during the Inquisitions, when it was decided that Jews and Muslims who converted were false converts because they did not have clean blood,” he said. ” … This was the beginning of modern or biological racism.”

It was all too much for commentary contributor Katherine Kersten in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

She noted the conference website warned, “There’s always the possibility that the ‘haters’ … will descend in mass and try to disrupt peaceful discussions about the advantages of being white in America and the oppression that has led to.”

“Not a chance,” said Kersten. “We’re laughing too hard.”

Kersten pointed how that Lakeville, Minn., schools sent a delegation to the events, paying $160 per person, plus $125 a day for substitutes. The conference expenses came even as the school board was announcing $7 million in budget cuts with 94 teachers losing their jobs.

“There was wailing and gnashing of teeth, but the board set its jaw: There’s not a dime for anything extra,” Kersten wrote. “Unless you’ve got an ax to grind with white folks. Then the money spigots open.”

Columnist Warner Todd Huston had a decidedly critical view of the conference.

“Alright you evil, rotten, racist, white oppressors, it’s time once again for the ‘White Privilege Conference,’ this year to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. … Come on out you white teachers so we can get your rotten minds right about how racist you are and so that you can go back to your students and let them know how racist they are,” he wrote.

“We are all the same, you see, Indians, Hispanics, Blacks, all at harmony and all equal … well, unless you are a whitey, of course. If you are a whitey, well you have some splanin’ to do! … It’s about time you admitted your malevolence, dang it!”

The “cure” offered by the conference is “a weekend of indoctrination on white’s crimes all for the ultimate education of our children back home in our schools. You see, the kids are all right … as long as they ain’t white,” he wrote.

Previously, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities drew criticism for a plan to teach America is a “hellhole.”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, questioned President Robert Bruinicks about the legality of the program, which proposed evaluating teacher candidates on the basis of “white privilege” and providing “remedial re-education” for those who hold the “wrong” views.

FIRE later announced that in response to its pressure, university officials were backing away from their plans “to enforce a political litmus test.”

“The plans from its College of Education and Human Development involved redesigning admissions and the curriculum to enforce an ideology centered on a narrow view of ‘cultural competence,” FIRE said.

Similar attitudes were found by watchdogs at the University of Delaware.
As WND reported, the university’s office of residential life was caught requiring students to participate in a program that taught “all whites are racist.”

School officials immediately defended the teaching, but in the face of a backlash from alumni and publicity, the school decided to drop the curriculum, although some factions later suggested it be revived.

Welfare state must rise up, ‘exert control over free market’