Swarthmore College — a politically-correct, leftist hothouse bursting at the seams with wealthy white kids — is offering a religion course this semester entitled “Is God a White Supremacist?”
The one-credit course at the elite liberal arts bastion in the suburbs of Philadelphia will delve into “the interpretive practices that are foundational to the process of ‘whiteness-making’ and the construction of white identity.” The course will address “religious theories justifying racial domination,” “transnational whiteness” and, of course, “evil and the nature of suffering.”
Course readings will include “the biblical interpretation of white supremacist ‘Christian identity’ churches.” The course at the Quaker-founded college will also explore “the Yakub theory of racial formation in the Nation of Islam”
According to The Final Call, Louis Farrakhan’s official newspaper of the Nation of Islam, the Yakub theory postulates that white people first appeared on an island in the Aegean Sea thanks to a 600-year “grafting” effort. “Under the command of a Black scientist named Yakub, the 59,999 Blacks who came with Yakub to the island were placed under a system of mating that was based on skin color, in which only lighter-complexioned babies were allowed to survive.”
The Swarthmore’s professor teaching “Is God a White Supremacist?” course is Tariq al-Jamil, chairman of the Swarthmore religion department and coordinator of the school’s Islamic studies program.
The total cost for just a single year of tuition, fees and room and board at Swarthmore is $63,550.
Swarthmore is generally famous for its rabid left politics and its armada of zealous campus environmentalists.
Last year, for example, the school’s vocal anti-fossil fuel crowd demanded that three supposedly pro-oil trustees on the school’s board “recuse themselves from all future votes” on divestment of fossil fuel-related holdings from the mega-huge campus endowment.
In May 2013, globetrotting campus leftists pitched a fit about divesting the endowment from any company that profits from burning fossil fuels. Such a move would cost the college more than $200 million.
In 2014, a then-sophomore at Swarthmore, Erin Ching criticized her school for allowing Christian conservative thinker Robert George to speak on campus. “What really bothered me is, the whole idea is that at a liberal arts college, we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion,” Ching whined — apparently without irony.
In 2013, Swarthmore administrators caved to protesting students and withdrew a commencement address invitation previously extended to Robert Zoellick, a one-time deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush.