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Dr. Joan T.A. Gabel
University of Minnesota
Dear President Gabel,
I am writing to express my disappointment and outrage that the University of Minnesota was recently named to the list of the Top Ten Most Racist Colleges & Universities released by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As the report notes, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Practice Transformation and School of Social Work recently presented a “12-step program” to make white students aware of their innate “white supremacy.” This allegedly “anti-racist” course is the ultimate apotheosis of racism, telling whites that as a sole result of their skin color they endorse and promote racist beliefs and policies.
The webinar was led by therapist and clinical supervisor Cristina Combs, a white woman who states that the program “is designed for white people to challenge and support each other to accept our responsibility for dismantling white supremacy, as it lives in us and around us.”
This is the very definition of racism—telling a group of white people that solely because of the color of their skin, white supremacy “lives in us.”
According to Combs, all white people are on a “spectrum of recovery” from white supremacy. She includes herself in that figure, even displaying a slide featuring a picture of herself with the words “The face of White Supremacy” beneath it. She tells her pupils that it is important to have conversations about how “good people” can be “complicit in perpetuating systemic racism and white supremacy” and that to do so we need to assert “that all of us as White folks are implicated, we are complicit, we all have work to do.” I respectfully ask that you immediately terminate this outrageously racist course and issue a university-wide apology for including it among the university’s academic programming.