‘Professionalism is racist’ event to be held in US university — Analysis
The event’s organizers argue that dressing professionally upholds “white supremacy”
Washington University students in St. Louis will learn how to create a virtual presentation on February 1. “professionalism,”This is what we refer to as code of conduct, dress and behavior in the workplace. It’s actually racism.
The university’s website explains that “the term ‘professionalism’ has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color, when attributes of appearance, language or interactions that have nothing to do with job knowledge or constructive collegial relationships are labeled as ‘unprofessional.’”
“In this context, so-called professionalism is coded language, a construct that upholds institutional racist policies and excluding practices.”
This argument, which is based on social justice speak, sounds very much like the argument made in 2020 by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Back then, the taxpayer-funded museum drew outrage when it suggested that a number of American virtues – including hard work, timekeeping, the nuclear family and planning for the future – are traits of “whiteness,”These must be removed. The implication, some critics argued, was that the museum thought ‘people of color’ lacked these virtues.
The talk at Washington University is being given by Cynthia Williams, the school’s ‘Assistant Dean of Community Partnerships’ and Jewel Stafford, director of its ‘Racial Equity Fellowship Program’. Despite her apparent disdain for the concept of professionalism, Williams’ biography describes her as “a skilled and highly motivated professional with 37 years of experience in academia.”
The event, which kicks off the university’s Black History Month program, will also “explore dismantling white supremacy and privilege in varied contexts.”
Conservative commentators mocked the university for charging undergraduate students $76,766 per annum to go. One Twitter user accusedIt of deconstruction “responsibility and merit”In favor of “victimhood,”One thing, another arguedThis “this sort of thinking and teaching does nothing but set people up for failure, if they adhere to it.”
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