ASU is taking a hit in the news for offering a senior-level English class next semester called U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.
The controversial 18-student class will be taught by assistant professor Lee Bebout, whose expertise is critical race theory, American studies, and Chicano studies. Critics of the class -- who are calling it racist against white people -- say it will inflame racial tensions in the country, not abate them. Supporters call that claim ridiculous and think the whole situation is a faux-scandal designed to promote a right-wing agenda.
Fox interviewed ASU's campusreform.org student correspondent Lauren Clarke, who scoffed at the class' required reading list. "All of these books have a disturbing trend, and that's pointing to all white people as the root cause for social injustices for this country," she said. "To have a class that suggests that an entire race is the problem is inappropriate, wrong, and quite frankly, counter-productive."More »