From the University of Kansas’ synopsis:
This course charts the rise of the “angry white male” in America and Britain since the 1950s, exploring the deeper sources of this emotional state while evaluating recent manifestations of male anger. Employing interdisciplinary perspectives this course examines how both dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals.
The class will be taught by Humanities Professor Christopher Forth who’s a white man himself.
Kansas Rep. Ron Estes (R) criticized the course, saying how it will divide the student population.
A lot of white men have taken to social media to express their thoughts and feelings. Some were pissed while others were befuddled. Some even took it as a joke.
Whiteness and maleness has been questioned for years as to why they are what they are and, most importantly, how they’re harmful to everyone including whites and men. The ‘angry white man‘ issue has been around just as long and have recently been re-examined in this day and age where white supremacy and white nationalism have not only been reinvigorated but has taken a seat in the most powerful office in the land.
Despite straight, Christian white men having more privileges than anyone else in America, a good portion of them still think they’re being oppressed. The two-part million dollar question has always been why and what can be done to fix this. Maybe this course will help explain this issue to intrigued college students.
What do you think? Do you think this course is necessary? Would you want to take this course?