A doctoral student and professor at the University of Florida have teamed up to promote Critical Race Theory on a planetary scale, launching a new racially-divisive and discriminatory online training program called “Academics for Black Survival and Wellness.”
Created by UF doctoral student Pearis Bellamy with her mentor, UF psychology professor Dr. Della Mosley, the program deliberately segregates white and minority participants into two “tracks,” one for blacks and one for non-black “allies.”
The program’s segregated goals are proudly stated on the website as “Healing for Black folx, Accountability for Non-Black folx,” as though it is absurd to consider that black and white “folx” could possibly enter the training with the same ends in mind.
A public “call to action” released in an open letter by the program’s founders invites white faculty members to “give up some of your privilege (e.g. research productivity) during this week” to instead “begin or continue the lifelong journey toward critical consciousness of anti-black racism.” Black faculty, meanwhile, are encouraged to use that same week for “rest” and to discover the “Black wellness and survival related resources” provided by the program.
Participants in the program will be taught to “honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action.”
Goals for the week-long training are heavily laced with the assumptions of Critical Race Theory which holds that all whites are inherently oppressors seeking to promote white supremacy over black victims and that racism lies at the foundation of all American institutions.
“Deepen your understanding of the history and deep-rooted nature of anti-Black racism in the U.S.,” exhorts the program, which further claims that “Every current disparity and statistic you see about Black people has a historical root” which “extend[s] deep into our current systems, which maintain and perpetuate outcomes that act as barriers to Black wellness.”
Program participants are also expected to examine their “personal relationship to white supremacy and anti-Black racism.”
“All academics in the U.S. are socialized in white supremacy,” explains the program website. “Because of this socialization, it is imperative you can recognize and lean into the psychological resistance that comes up as it relates to understanding and engaging in work related to anti-Black racism and white supremacy.”
Of course, according to the program, understanding one’s white supremacy is only the first step. Faculty enrolled in the training are also expected to “Take action that includes time, energy, financial resources, and accountability until Black liberation is realized.” The precise conditions of achieving “black liberation” are not stated.
As a racially-segregated program which promotes harmful stereotypes and attempts to shame white academics into accepting radical policies, “Academics for Black Survival and Wellness” is an egregious example of Critical Race Theory put into practice.