#ItsOkayToBeWhite & the Optics Debate


At the University of Alberta and elsewhere, simple signs have appeared that read, “It’s okay to be white.” Chris Andersen, Dean of Native Studies, said he ripped down the one appearing on the building in which he works, saying, “It’s juvenile, but these are the kinds of petty imbecilities that are symbolic of feelings of fragility and frailty present in mainstream society.” Dr. Andersen also took to Twitter to complain in addition to having reported it with the University saying the police were investigating. At the University of Maryland, one black woman ripped down one such sign while another said she would have added “NOT” to the message. An Asian woman at Harvard Law School highlighted one, saying it was “most pathetic.” In response to a sign in San Francisco, a white liberal went on a Twitter rant about “cultural anxiety” and “white supremacy.” Again, all of this was in response to: “It’s okay to be white.”

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://ordoevangelistarum.com/itsokaytobewhite-the-optics-debate/