According to Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine professor Angela Putman, “meritocracy” is one of America’s “whiteness ideologies,” and academia needs to do more to nip it in the bud.
Putman, a public speaking professor who has written academic papers about topics including the groundbreaking social impact of actor Tyler Perry (yes, really), held a three-day seminar on “systemic racism, intersectionality and white privilege,” and interviewed 12 of the attendees about meritocracy and equal opportunity.
She was shocked at what she discovered.
Many of the students agreed with the notion that if you work hard, you can be successful and that “everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success.” Imagine that — Americans believing in the American dream.
In an academic paper that she published Thursday, Putnam argues that students are “socialized to believe that we got to where we are … because of our own individual efforts,” and she blames the classrooms of America for this disturbing trend.
While disappointing for Putman and all of the other pessimistic race baiters in higher ed, she believes that not all hope is lost in the battle for wokeness. In the article, Putnam concludes that professors can resist this cultural norm by teaching students “how racism and whiteness function in various contexts, the powerful influence of systems and institutions, and the pervasiveness of whiteness ideologies within the United States.” In other words, teachers should indoctrinate students into believing that hard work is pointless and that racism will always stand in the way of opportunity.
Although she is currently a public speaking professor, Putnam’s biography page notes that she has her eyes set on teaching gender studies and white privilege classes in the future. She is clearly trying too hard to gain a name for herself in the field of critical race theory. Perhaps she should just rely on her white privilege instead.