By: Haylee Fishburn

A professor at a college in California assigned a “white privilege checklist” to her students, while warning them that the language might be “triggering” to some, according to a tip submitted to Young America’s Foundation Campus Bias Tipline.

Assistant professor Faheemah N. Mustafaa of UC Davis’ English department taught on “White Racial Identity Development and Purpose” in her Education Psychology class.

During the lecture, Mustafaa presented slides that defined racism. The slides focused mostly on subjects like “White Racial Identity/Identity Development.” These slides told students how they could identify their whiteness and how to make sure they are “less white.”

The class presentation included a video titled “How can I have a positive racial identity. I’m white!” by Ali Michael in a TEDxTalk.

Later Mustafaa sent the class an email and a link to an online publication called “White Privilege Checklist.

Within the email, Mustafaa stated, “Once you click the link, on the right-hand side of the page, you will see other privilege checklists. ***I should warn you that some of the checklists include language that could be triggering, and the lists may not be comprehensive.***”

Some examples of alleged “white privilege” from this list include:

-“​​If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.”

-“If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.”

-“I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.”

-“I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.”

-“My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.”

The professor admitted that she hadn’t read through the material in its entirety.  “Also, I have not thoroughly read through them all and can not vouch for the accuracy one way or another…However, the few that I have read seem relevant based on my current knowledge of social systems in the U.S…”

UC Davis did not respond to YAF’s request for comment.

YAF reported on a similar story at UC Davis in June 2021. Racially segregated Resident Assistant training took place on campus, and documents were further obtained by YAF’s Freedom of Information Act request to prove the agenda used. The training required trainees to identify and denounce their “white privilege.”

Racism is not acceptable. It holds no place on campus or anywhere, whether coming from a professor or student. Teaching students that they should be ashamed and denounce their “white privilege” is racism. Until the Left stops shaming people for their skin color, unity will never be met.