Aren’t liberals always talking about diversity, well where is it? In reality when the liberals talk about diversity they never mean offering students a wide variety of ideas, including conservative ones. Nope, their version of diversity is bizarre. For instance at the university of Michigan students can take a class on Native American feminism. There is also cyber feminism at Cornell university and maybe my all time favourite the class at Occidental college which deconstructs what it means to be a feminist new Black man. Now if you are wondering what just exactly is a new feminist Black man, think of a crossover between RuPaul and Barney Frank.
Here is what Mattera refuses to recognize, society is filled with conservative ideas. From birth children are taught to privilege certain bodies to their own detriment, thus allowing for our current hierarchy of bodies. The reason that Mattera finds Native American feminism so odd is because he has learned to view his White heterosexual, cisgender able bodied male status as naturally occurring. An aware and active First Nations woman threatens his understanding of the world and so he seeks to mock them.
Similarly, his laughter at cyber feminism is once again an attempt to silence. Conservatives are well aware of the power of the internet and they seek to subvert it at every turn. Cyber feminism allows women to control a space and have conversations that otherwise they may never have had. It encourages women to think critically and in many cases forms the basis of great activism. The internet also allows women that may have been silenced in the ivory tower to speak about their experiences, thus empowering WOC, disabled women, trans women, lesbians etc,. Is it any wonder that Mattera finds this concept threatening? Introducing students to cyber feminism means that long after their formal education is over, they will have learned ways to continue to challenge the world around them.
Mattera was most astounded by a course called Critical Blackness at Occidental. The following is the course description:
Critical Race Theorists have begun to describe a “new blackness,” “critical blackness,” “post-blackness,” and “unforgivable blackness.” This emergent scholarship, which describes a feminist New Black Man, also seeks to “queer blackness” and to articulate a black sexual politics that addresses a “new racism.” By calling us to examine the possibility of a black political solidarity that escapes the problems of identity politics, this scholarship provokes We Who Are Dark to imagine more complex and free identities. This course invites all of us to engage this scholarship.
I personally find the course description fascinating. It truly seeks to assert the idea of a monolithic Blackness as an impossibility. Mattera finds this troubling because he wants the ability to label and therefore define for the Black community what constitutes Blackness. In this way, when we conform to the ideal of the outsider, we are allowing them to set the agenda, thereby forcing us to police each other into submission. Many can agree on what racism is; however, the idea that the constitution of Blackness may indeed be as fluid as many other identities is something that needs to be carefully interrogated. This may seem like a fruitless effort to Mattera but it is a necessary interrogation for Black people.
Conservatives will continue to mock universities that encourage students to think critically because their brand of government calls for automatons and troglodytes. The more educated a person is, the less likely they are to vote conservative and this is what Mattera really fears. An aware populace will not readily swallow the lies that conservatives daily proffer as truths.