A recent event at Oregon State University event taught faculty of the dangers of "systemic Whiteness" in America.
The seminar, titled “Confronting Systemic Whiteness,” was held by the university's College of Education and served the purpose of allowing faculty to, “engage in issues of whiteness and systemic racism in the institution as well as more broadly in the United States.”
The seminar’s stated learning objectives include understanding the various ways that “systemic Whiteness” plagues the country. It describes this "systemic Whiteness" as an all-encompassing force that impacts all individuals regardless of their intent. The objectives claim that "anti-Blackness permeates US society" and that it has a substantial impact on the lives and outcomes of Black Americans.
To be fair, there's a whole lot of white in Oregon.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Oregon was:
- White: 84.29%
- Two or more races: 4.80%
- Asian: 4.37%
- Other race: 3.07%
- Black or African American: 1.91%
- Native American: 1.16%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.40%