If you are white and feel very guilty about it, the University of Minnesota holds the answer to your distress. According to The College Fix, “the University of Minnesota’s School of Social work hosted a virtual lecture recently that aimed to teach white people about their white supremacy and how to counteract it by using a ’12 step’ program mirrored after the one used by people in Alcoholics Anonymous.
With a congresswoman like Ilhan Omar it’s no shock the University feels compelled to treat white people like those with a disease such as alcoholism. “Recovery from White conditioning” was a two-hour lecture that featured one of their own alumnus, therapist Cristina Combs. Combs created the 12-step program “after years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys.”
Combs aims to help people “recover” from their whiteness. “I also want to hold that alongside the tension that, in this model, we are, in fact, centering whiteness, but we are centering it differently: to expose it, study its patterns, and to transform its violent legacy,” said Combs. Yeah, we didn’t understand the gibberish either.
To begin her lecture, Combs stated “I am on traditional Dakota land” alluding to a Native American tribe which had settled in Minnesota. Her goal for the lecture was to “decenter whiteness.” Combs asked participants “what comes to mind when you hear the term ‘white supremacy?”
She then put up a slide titled “The face of white supremacy. Under the title were pictures of Ku Klux Klan members as well as white nationalists in Charlottesville. She then took those images off and put a picture of her own face on the screen” reported The College Fix.
“Stepping into that tension and accepting my connection to white supremacy has been a freedom of sorts to show up in better alignment with my values and do the work for the rest of my life,” said Combs. Sounds like a personal problem.