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Iowa professors argue that being sensitive or politically correct perpetuates white privilege

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According to a paper from University of Northern Iowa professors C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan, the claim of “civil conversation” only perpetuates the difference between people of color and whites.

“Whiteness-informed civility, functions to assert control of space” and “create a good white identity,” the paper explained.

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“Civility within higher education is a radicalized, rather than universal, norm,” the authors said, drawing upon “critical whiteness studies to explore how White students’ understanding of race-talk within higher education (re)produces whiteness,” the abstract said.

Students revealed they were resistant to talk about race or racism with other students of color out of fear that they would say something “wrong” or be labeled “a racist.”

Rudick and Goslan interviewed ten white college students and asked them racially based questions, Campus Reform reports.

“What do you consider to be civil behavior?” and “How do you think your racial identity may affect your understandings of civility when talking with students of color?” were some of the questions asked by the two professors.

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“Another way that participants described how they tried to be civil when interacting with students of color was to be overly nice or polite,” the far-right site Campus Reform wrote.

Doing so creates another divide where people of color are still treated differently than everyone else. The attempt to be nice or overly polite perpetuates “white privilege” and “white racial power.”

When comedian Stephen Colbert was playing his right-wing caricature on Comedy Central, he would frequently say that he never knows who is white or non-white because “I don’t see race.”

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The study explained that this view ignores the personal experience of a person of color. It “functions to erase racial identity in the attempt to impose a race-evasive frame on race-talk.”

The professors encouraged universities to challenge strategies of WIC [whiteness-informed civility] by having white students and students of color engage in sustained, sensitive, and substantive conversations about race and racism,” the authors said.

They “encourage White students to understand how using WIC to downplay issues of race or racism in higher education serves to elide their own social location and reinforce the hegemony of White institutional presence.”

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.

"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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