Black Faculty at Columbia Demand School ‘Unlearn Whiteness’


Black faculty at Columbia University are making demands for “white supremacy” to be recognized and “dismantled within this institution.”

In the demands, they outline eleven steps to undergo the process of “unlearning whiteness.”

According to a statement from “the Black Faculty” of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), we are in a “seachange in attitudes towards [sic] race relations” and there is a “call for real action to dismantle racist systems.”

To do this GSAPP must “unlearn and challenge whiteness and white supremacy.”

Students and faculty should “understand how it operates, its historical legacy, and how it is perpetuated in the school,” the faculty state.

White supremacy, they say, needs “interrogating” to understand “anti-Black racism.” They then list eleven steps directed at the school for the “unlearning process.”

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