It seems some progressives in higher education are working overtime to create a more racist society. In their supposed quest to champion the marginalized, leftists have employed a classroom practice called “progressive stacking” that has been gaining steam over the past decade. This will likely elicit more controversy as it comes to light.
Campus Reform reported on a Binghamton University professor’s use of progressive stacking during her classes. The syllabus for Ana Maria Candela’s Social Change – Introduction to Sociology dictates that white male students must wait their turn to voice their opinions until after “non-white folks” are given the opportunity to speak.
“This [policy] means that we try to give priority to non-white folks, to women, and to shy and quiet people who rarely raise their hands,” Candela explained. “It also means that if you are white, male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society to have your voice easily voiced and heard, we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments to give others priority and will come back to you a bit later or at another time.”
The reactions from students were, predictably, negative. After an excerpt from the syllabus went viral on social media, Campus Reform interviewed individuals attending the university, one of whom questioned the impact of this form of pedagogy on his participation grades. “How am I supposed to get full participation when the professor won’t call on me even though I had my hand up the longest?” he asked.
Another told the news outlet he had “experienced classes that partake in similar rules,” an indicator that this is not an isolated situation. Professors at a number of universities use the method. A spokesperson for the New York University told Fox News Digital that Candela’s syllabus violated the staff handbook. It has been amended to remove the progressive stacking guidelines.
The issue prompted fiery conversations when it first came to light. In 2017, another professor posted a tweet explaining how she used the practice in her classroom, and it went viral. She tweeted, “I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men.”
The purpose of the progressive stack technique is to address the fact that, in American society, the majority-white people are often heard above the minority, people of color. Indeed, it supposes that non-whites often have their voices silenced. The practice does not apply only to racial minorities; it also incorporates the theory of intersectionality, giving members of the LGBTQ community preference over their straight peers.
There are numerous flaws with progressive stacking – most of which are obvious to sane, non-racist individuals. But perhaps the most damaging result is illustrated by a comment one of the students made to Campus Reform. He pointed out that the practice teaches “students to victimize people and see them as less than many of their peers.”
Blatantly prioritizing students from “marginalized” communities affirms the notion that “white” equals “supreme.” It casts minorities as helpless individuals unable to boldly and effectively articulate their views because the dreaded white man is talking. It exemplifies the paternalistic, infantilizing attitude toward non-whites all too prevalent among those on the hard left.
Minorities are told they must lean on progressive leaders to grant them the opportunity to speak in the presence of white folks. It is a rather insidious way of persuading the “marginalized” to view the white progressive as a savior instead of taking the responsibility upon themselves to make their voices heard.
And this issue indicates another reality: Those claiming to represent the interests of black and brown Americans are far more fixated on weakening white people than they are on uplifting minorities. White folks seem to garner more of their attention than the non-whites they say they are trying to help. As is often typical with leftist ideas, progressive stacking causes far more harm to minorities than anything else.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.