May 15, 2016

“UAlberta Confessions” Facebook page: What students REALLY think of mandatory “white privilege” course

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Last week, I told you about Dorian Banman, a student at the University of Alberta that believes a required class in the Education program is discriminatory. You can watch that report here.

I dug into some of the course content to see what other students said about Education 211, or Aboriginal Educational Context Engagement.

Banman and others believe the class includes lecture material that is discriminatory against white people in particular and reflects some of the more radical ideas associated with the Idle No More movement.

In addition to being discriminatory, Banman also thinks it violates the university's Discrimination and Harassment Safe Disclosure and Human Rights policies.

He’s not alone. Students complained about the course content on a Facebook page called UAlberta Confessions which has hundreds of comments about Education 211, mostly negative.

Students complained about instructor’s suggesting white people can’t be marginalized, can’t experience racism and that aboriginals are incapable of being racist.

Other issues people brought up were use of unverified course material, like when instructors spent an entire lecture on a satirical news article that claimed Sarah Palin, former Republican Governor of Alaska, said Thanksgiving was for real Americans, not Indians. Of course, it turned out to be false.

Some of the material also appeared to be biased. Students felt they were asked to ignore the bias of the course and just go along with the narrative to get the grades to pass.

Dorian went through the appropriate channels with his complaints but was largely ignored. Email responses from Dr. Diane Oberg, professor and interim chair of the Department of Education Policy Studies, flat out denied the student’s claims.

I did reach out to university officials and professors, but didn’t receive a response.

For now, there’s no action being taken by the university, but a petition with over 70,000 signatures is circulating and you can add your voice by clicking HERE.

If I hear back from the university, I’ll update you on Dorian’s controversial fight against this social justice course.


(PHOTO CREDIT: Christian Fierro)

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commented 2016-09-11 23:02:55 -0400
If it’s so bad living in a nation built by white people, why is it everyone wants to come here? Are willing to risk life and limb to get here? The biggest issues between Natives and Canada is due to the policy’s enacted by the “progressives” of the day. Don’t expect that fact to be part of the Education program. As for the invalidated CAGW hypothesis, the scientific method is pretty clear. When every single one of the IPCC’s 74 Models has failed testing by experiment. It’s time to move on…
Professor Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in Physics said,

“It does not matter who you are, or how smart you are, or what title you have, or how many of you there are, and certainly not how many papers your side has published, if your prediction is wrong then your hypothesis is wrong. Period.”
commented 2016-05-16 22:48:45 -0400
One problem here that is missed is the arrogance of the U of A. At least someone there gave the appearance of giving the guy an investigation into his issues. I had a problem with SIAST, they foisted a class on me that was full of problems, maiden voyage into online learning for this particular class, and I was forced to drop it (and the 850 bucks it cost me to take it!). So when I tried to take it again I suggested that I pay a reduced rate due to their working out the kinks issues, and was kinda rudely told to pound sand if I didn’t want to pay the full price, again, for a class that they were barely able to put out. I appealed, and the response was even ruder. The rudeness was in their attitude. They really reminded me of how the administration of the small K-12 school I grew up on acted towards students who had a problem. The principal, or perhaps the Superintendent would make a ruling, and all of us kids would just have to shut up, be good kids and take it. I pushed the business morals angle, and was politely told to shut up and sign the check like all the other good students. I don’t have good things to say about the place anymore. And this is the attitude coming from the U of A. We’re the adults here, if you’re a student never forget that you’re “just” a student and have no function here other than to pay the tuition. I say sick the Human Rights on them. It won’t work (it’s a fair bet that the HRC’s members all agree with the U’s position on racism) but at least you might get a headline or 2. And it doesn’t cost anything to make the charge, does it?
commented 2016-05-16 16:51:05 -0400
By the way, I was rejected by most Employers – Private and Public – Idiots! ❤️

Their loss and obviously people in Positions that they have / had no business being in ❤️
commented 2016-05-16 16:46:34 -0400
First of all, the ONLY Indians are of INDIA Heritage ❤️

Second: the other are Aboriginal or First Nations ❤️

Now, in regards to the so-called Affirmative Action, I could have used it for an Advantage because I am 1/2 Indian – but, I didn’t, because I knew that there IS EVERYTHING wrong with it ❤️

When I was Employed and looking for Employment, I wanted to be recognized for my Character and Hard Work – of which I wasn’t by most and that was THEIR Loss ❤️
commented 2016-05-16 16:42:06 -0400
Best action is to vote with your feet. Don’t let your child attend the U of A.
commented 2016-05-16 12:30:16 -0400
Conservatives are way too tolerant of Lieberal political correctness and Lieberal SJWs – simply because it is Conservatives who hold this country together – and are for the most part too damn busy keeping the system going to be able to get into the phony Lieberal PC SJW concerns! The Warm & Fuzziness of the Lieberal ways always leaves the country in deep debt & discord. Yet they are always claiming to be the ones “drawing” people together – what a bunch of BS! I have many native friends – who have no respect for this aboriginal bias and agree that for the most part it is the aboriginal leaders / teachers which proliferate this nonsense of whites being racist. And as a white tax paying Canadian I am getting downright pissed-off at having to fund a group of people who are just too damned screwed up or lazy to get things done for themselves – given all the resources which they have and were not available to us “whites” & decent working aboriginals – who are also being exploited by the useless ones!
Lieberalism is definitely a mental disorder!
commented 2016-05-16 09:54:29 -0400
HMYQL said, “ANONYMOUS, the left has learned that if you can control the narrative, you have control. “Global warming” comes to mind.”

Whereas the right tend to tell the truth and represent reality in the “narrative” as closely as possible and are loosing the “narrative” to the liars, the left. It is sad that the lies win out over the truth.
commented 2016-05-16 09:24:14 -0400
This is what Hitler did to the Jews, and is being applied to the white race, so that we, the ones who are paying for the welfare scam, will be excluded from any government assistance. This is evil and needs to be destroyed at the roots. I don’t think that our property taxes should be going to institutions, who are inciting hatred against a specific race, especially the race that is paying for these Marxist losers. Any professor spewing this BS should be physically removed from the property, and denied a position.
commented 2016-05-16 07:41:37 -0400
ANONYMOUS, the left has learned that if you can control the narrative, you have control. “Global warming” comes to mind.
commented 2016-05-16 07:15:07 -0400
If I was a grad of the Uof A, I would be writing the head of the university to complain about this racist course and to advise the university they would not be receiving any assistance from me. If a child of mine was enrolled there, I would encourage my child to go somewhere else.
commented 2016-05-16 03:03:14 -0400
The leftists don’t say affirmative action any more. Instead, they prefer to use “priority placement.”
commented 2016-05-16 02:18:29 -0400
Anti-white racism is real and the term ‘white privilege’ is proof of that. It’s racist anti-white propaganda, plain and simple. The truth is that whites have been suffering from ‘non-white privilege’ for years, as so-called ‘affirmative action’ programs have been discriminating against whites and thereby conferring ‘privilege’ on non-whites.
commented 2016-05-16 01:17:21 -0400
Jay high school grads cannot do basic math, how is our system one of the finest in the world?
commented 2016-05-16 01:16:43 -0400
John S when i went to school students had to meet certain requirements or they would fail that is not the case anymore. Times have changed.
commented 2016-05-16 01:08:45 -0400
John S – I wish I could agree with you, but I don’t. Talk to a recent graduate in a hard sciences field about something controversial. Pick a side of it, and debate them for a couple of minutes. Then ask them to switch sides. Those with whom I have talked were not able to simulate an alternate viewpoint. There is only one right answer to any question, dissent would not be tolerated.
commented 2016-05-15 22:08:15 -0400
As is often pointed out on here, universities in Canada have some weird course content.

Almost certainly there are things being taught this very day in universities in my own province that I would find objectionable. And there are student movements and sensitivities and complaints that I would roll my eyes at.

Funnily enough, it is all part of one of the finest education systems in the world. The Rebel is part of that by joining in on some of the sensitivities.

Good for student Dorian Banman and The Rebel. More power to you.
commented 2016-05-15 21:29:23 -0400
If it’s and issue the people taking the class should remove the prof. The course material is taught by a prof. If the prof lost their marbles. You have them removed. I did with one professor when I was I. University. The class structure and basics changed and became a proper course. So these students need to get off their ass and do something rather than just mouth off to rebel.
commented 2016-05-15 21:12:20 -0400
Hi Holly, that’s another awesome video from you. Good to see that you and many others are fighting for academic sanity. Universities do in fact teach that only white people can be racist, as racism is a part of the system and not a behavior that somebody chooses. This means that white people are racist, even when they don’t know it, because the racism has been built into their subconscious. This same line of thinking also works for things like sexism, homophobia, etc.

When I was in university, the professors unloaded their one sided revisionist drivel as fact. They cranked up the peer pressure on us, and encouraged us to bitch about oppression.

Aren’t you so glad that you majored in rocks for jocks? But then again, I bet the department of geology must be corrupted by political correctness, especially in the context of oil and the extraction of natural resources.
commented 2016-05-15 19:50:38 -0400
Hey John,
I also attended university, even attended the U of A.
Yes back in the 60’s and 70’s, they could be called institutions of higher education and critical thinking.
Unfortunately, things have changed since those days.
I have met recent graduates, in fact my sons graduated around 2000.
They cannot believe that their governments ever do anything wrong. They don’t believe any government other than the liberals should run the country.

commented 2016-05-15 19:37:45 -0400
For those suggesting that colleges and universities are indoctrination centres is a complete lie because people when I went to these institutions appeared smart. I just never saw those areas as a potential political opportunity for voters to win in future elections.

That is why Rebel is against colleges and universities. I just feel they need to teach students relevant programs so that students can compete in the future for jobs that exist.

Rebel is completely offbase but they want political opportunities from colleges and universities to win future elections. Frankly, to me, I am not serving the mainstream. They want opportunities for victory on campuses. What I want is political neutrality and any party being able to win. They obviously want only conservatism to win which does show their obvious bias!
commented 2016-05-15 19:34:22 -0400
Whatever happened to the sciences, mathematics and the important parts of colleges and universities which I studied. I believe in history, geography and optional courses.

Of course, taking this white privilege to an extreme does not teach anything except it makes people think that to be successful you have to act a certain way when everyone works hard. To suggest that you have to act like whites or like a race is ludicrous much like labeling people PC if they do not think a certain way.

I do not see a benefit for white privilege since it is another version of courses which are used for culture wars.

I think we need to get the politics out of education and teach everything to ensure that people get good and meaningful jobs. My problem with colleges and universities is they teach students subjects which have nothing to do with the industries they are getting into and many programs are being taught even though those industries have been outsourced. For me, governments and post-secondary institutions do not care about future generations.
commented 2016-05-15 19:33:28 -0400
An intellectual sewer…
commented 2016-05-15 19:03:06 -0400
My son had a similar experience at a local community college a few years ago. In a course entitled “Issues in Cultural Diversity” the teacher was a local indigenous woman. Basically she spent a good chunk of her time slamming whites for their alleged historic maltreatment of native people. Some students went and complained to the dean after the course was over. I do not know if she was back the next year or not. I guess this so-called “white privilege” is anathema, but native privilege, in other words, the privilege to slam and blame whites for all the woes of western society, is totally acceptable. Strange!
commented 2016-05-15 18:48:40 -0400
Wow. Aboriginals can drink away 16B of taxpayer money every year, and call the taxpayers racist. What a class act. Too bad it’s all 3rd.
commented 2016-05-15 18:24:07 -0400
Liberal indoctrination centres, all of them!
The profs all learned from profs who studied and graduated from institutes of higher education located in the east (liberal universities) in the early to mid 1900’s. They eventually ended up in the west and started their world view and personal beliefs to the elitist youngsters of the west.
We are reaping what we have sown.
Good thing the Muslims are coming, given their level of all things not Muslim, it will reduce our country’s collective intelligence by at least 75%.

commented 2016-05-15 18:07:56 -0400
Hey what hangs down my left pant leg is the key to the city….I just have to wave the old magic wand and the world will spread it’s legs for me like a good little whore.
commented 2016-05-15 17:48:40 -0400
“instructor’s suggesting white people can’t be marginalized, can’t experience racism and that aboriginals are incapable of being racist.” ? ? ?
This is sooooo stoooopid . . . ONLY Intellectuals could buy into it !
commented 2016-05-15 17:43:08 -0400
If you want to make money and not be an idiot, learn a trade or heavy equipment
commented 2016-05-15 17:42:18 -0400
So thankful I rejected university.
commented 2016-05-15 17:15:32 -0400
Someone is being Scalped.