Academia Embroiled in Woke Controversy: Critical Race Theory and BLM

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The College Board has recently been the subject of controversy in the news for having removed some portion of Advanced Placement African American Studies courses.

The New York Times reports:

The official course looks different from a previous draft: No more critical race theory, and the study of contemporary topics — like Black Lives Matter — is optional.

After heavy criticism from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the College Board released on Wednesday an official curriculum for its new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies — stripped of much of the subject matter that had angered the governor and other conservatives.

The College Board purged the names of many Black writers and scholars associated with critical race theory, the queer experience and Black feminism. It ushered out some politically fraught topics, like Black Lives Matter, from the formal curriculum.

And it added something new: “Black conservatism” is now offered as an idea for a research project.

I certainly can’t say I agree with everything that was removed, nor have I pored over the material with any great vigor.

Perhaps there are arguments to be made for retaining some of the selected readings which have been removed. Frantz Fanon, whose work has been taken off the list I believe, comes to mind here. I kind of hate admitting it, but I suppose the one area where I tend to agree with the Woke is on emphasizing the harms of Western colonialism. I know from my own personal education that this is not taught enough in school (or at all really).

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The problem with the Woke, however, is that they are unable to see that their obsession with their own desires has led the government to pander to them, appeasing them while the rest of the world continues to suffer from the US’s imperialist ventures.

In any case, let’s get back to this Advanced Placement controversy. One person whose work was removed was E. Patrick Johnson, the Dean of the School of Communication at Northwestern. In an interview about this, Johnson was asked to tell Advanced Placement high school students why they should learn about ‘black queer studies.’ Please enjoy decoding his response:

A: “…One of the progenitors of what we now think of as black queer studies is James Baldwin, who’s one of the most important thinkers of the 21st century. To leave someone out of…African American history like James Baldwin is absurd…he was not only a…writer, he was an activist, and he was also queer. And his thinking has shaped…what we now think of as black queer studies. And so you can’t parse out the intellectual history of black studies without these important thinkers so that’s why it’s important for students who are in high school to be exposed to these thinkers and to understand the historical context out of which they emerged, even if they in their time weren’t using the language that we use now, i.e. queer. They were engaged in conversations around sexuality as it pertains to black people and sexuality as question, as a mode of thought, also applies to the period of slavery and thereafter. So, I mean, as black people we are sexual beings, and so that’s why it’s important to understand the role that sexuality plays in the history of black people. If you think about, for instance, the institution of slavery and how sexuality was vital to sustaining that institution in terms of using black women’s bodies as breeders or using black men’s bodies as breeders to maintain slavery as an institution.”

Don’t be fooled by that bit at the end there—no one is denying how traumatic this must have been for slaves, but I don’t think there’s any way you could say that this experience therefore makes black people more ‘sexual.’

His response actually makes me wonder:

Which side of the political spectrum is supposed to be racist again?

Call me crazy—maybe the reason for his inability to articulate why this subject is important is precisely because it’s not important and because it has more to do with academia’s penchant for legitimizing certain sexual desires. Say that out loud too much (or at all) and be prepared to face the consequences.

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With this professor’s statement, we can see how promoting homosexuality is now the same as being prejudiced against people with darker skin.

For those who are either new to Islam or struggling with their Iman (faith), this whole issue of being considered a bigot for being against homosexual ‘rights’ can be a big concern.  Accepting that morality and all the rules come from Allah, who knows more than we could ever know as our All-Knowing Creator, is absolutely key. Perhaps it could also help if we were to think about this subject after removing the liberal-world-order glasses that we’ve all been forced to wear.

There’s a beautiful du’a that comes to mind. It has been narrated from Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the Prophet ﷺ performed his dawn prayer, upon making salam he would supplicate:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا، وَرِزْقًا طَيِّبًا، وَعَمَلاً مُتَقَبَّلاً

“Oh Allah I ask you for beneficial knowledge; good provisions; and accepted deeds.” (Sunan ibn Majah)

This is what is in such great decline these days—beneficial, useful knowledge. People spend thousands of dollars on their children’s education, in many cases for them to be taught things like ‘Queer Studies’ (white, black, orange…doesn’t matter).

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ would supplicate:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ لاَ يَنْفَعُ وَمِنْ قَلْبٍ لاَ يَخْشَعُ وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ لاَ تَشْبَعُ وَمِنْ دُعَاءٍ لاَ يُسْمَعُ

“O Allah, I seek refuge with You from knowledge that is of no benefit; from a heart that is not humble; from a soul that is not satisfied; and from a supplication that is not heard.” (Sunan al-Nasa’i)

May Allah guide us to seek out useful and beneficial knowledge. Amin.

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Both sides are right in some capacity.
whites today are not responsible for the past.
But at the same time, we should not try to justify colonialism as if bringing technology was worth it.
But both BLM and white supremacist have no grounds to stand on if they think it’s useful arguing who has a right over the other in the USA, since they are both invaders from the pov of the natives.
At the end, blacks shouldn’t reinvent history and claim Egyptian ancestry because they don’t know theirs.


There are no Africans in the USA, save from the few recent migrations.
They may be ethnically African but they don’t even know their grand fathers and most their fathers even
It doesn’t matter what their ancestors did or didn’t do or some Wakanda nonsense. It’s inferiority complex
If they want to follow a Black American thinker, they should follow Malcom X post-Hajj of course
History as it is taught in the West or elsewhere is mostly useless, because it’s biased and doesn’t apply today

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And this “blacks are sexual beings” nonsense is actual racism.
When a white man says it, it’s racist but not when a black man/woman says it ?
It’s racist, it paints people with a black skin or an African phenotype as some kind of ape who just breeds all day. Nonsense.
It’s good to refrain sexuality, it’s actually productive, leads to clear-minded individuals and moral society, not like modern day qawm Lut.


I don’t agree with some points

How r the blacks invaders when they where brought as slaves?

I don’t know where u saw blackS claiming Egyptian ancestry?

What does them not knowing their fathers hv to do with them being ethnically Africans. I don’t think it negates it.

The way ur addressing ‘blacks’ generally & on whom to if they’re a separate group. If they’re Muslims they’re a part of the Umma.


If a countries leader takes a loan though the ppl dont want it, do u think the ppl can say we won’t take responsibility.

Invading nations should shoulder the responsibility of their forefathers actions
They are where they are bcz of it.

At least bcz of it they grew massively


Why would anyone refrain from intimacy if their married and healthy.
The main point of Nikah is intimacy and procreation.
Allah has put in us an urge for it.
Both men and women.
I don’t know hw u brought these conclusions. And the comparison???
My experience and from wht I hv heard from scholars it’s quite the contrary. Just ask happy married couples.


And for blacks being stronger, I mean just look at sports that demand physical strength and endurance. Look at Frances’ national team.

I don’t know the exact reason bt some factors could be at play here, mainly genetics and environmental factors.

Zaid Diaz

I don’t know where u saw blacks claiming Egyptian ancestry?

Come to Quora, you’ll find a lot of stupid Black people claiming Egyptian history as ‘Black history’.


Yeah some idiotic people in the black community basically say that the ancient Egyptians were all black, they’re dead wrong obviously but they’re willing to die by that nonsense


blacks are “invaders” now? Since when


Are you dumb? These people were brought over from Africa making them AFRICAN, it’s like bringing an East Asian to America even if they don’t know their grandfather that doesn’t mean they aren’t East Asian, I swear even Muslims in France have hallow heads

Haziq Farhan

Whites today are not responsible for the past true. But how many of them will condemn the crimes of their ancestors?


The “woke” do NOT emphasize the harms of Western colonialism, heck if anything they make it 10x worse because they’re colonialists and don’t even know it