On Monday, Campus Reform reported that Preston Mitchum, an adjunct professor ar Georgetown University, claimed that “ALL white people are racist” and “ALL men are sexist.”
“Yes, ALL white people are racist. Yes, ALL men are sexist. Yes, ALL cis people are transphobic,” he said, adding that, “we have to unpack that. That’s the work.”
What’s there to “unpack?”
Campus Reform further reported:
Mitchum frequently vocalizes his views on Twitter, arguing in one recent tweet that “everyone has bias, stereotypes, and judgments no matter who you are,” but “what makes this racist, transphobic, sexist is when you add power.”
“If you’re apart [sic] of any dominant group when it comes to race, gender, sexuality, etc., you contribute to the oppression of groups period,” he added, expressing in another tweet his deep hatred for police officers.
Mitchum — whose Twitter feed displays a graphic promoting Black Lives Matter — protected his tweets after the report, telling Campus Reform that he was “a little troubled, but not surprised, about the conservative outrage” his initial tweet provoked, since most commenters took issue with his remarks about white racism.
“Most of the commentators didn’t push back on the idea of men being sexist and cis people being transphobic as untrue; only that all white people are not racist. And that’s likely because many of them saw themselves in my tweet and went on the defense immediately,” he said.
Mitchum admitted that he has “been fed sexist and transphobic thoughts from society,” while “white people writ large have been fed racist thoughts.”
“Because of that, there’s unlearning to do. Everyone must do this—which is why I said, ‘that’s the work,’” he explained. “The problem is that people in dominant groups are so used to being defensive, that they aren’t even taking a step back to even consider that maybe, just maybe the marginalized community is right.”
“Unlearning” — In other words, “indoctrination.”
Here’s just some of the responses we found on Twitter:
No, not All white people are racists.
No, not All men are sexists.
And, you’ve just proven that not everyone is intelligent.
— David Vainqueur (@David55031636) July 24, 2017
— P. A. Angritt (@PAAngritt) July 25, 2017
Hell, thx for letting me know I am a sexist & racist, otherwise I would have continued living my life treating everyone the same…Sigh*
— ray freeman (@esp73) July 24, 2017
by your own words you just generalized an entire group and slandered them.
what part of the context did they miss? pic.twitter.com/NnHx4lw1OT
— Aexeiz (@Princess_Aex) July 24, 2017
According to Mitchum’s site, his work has been featured at the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Think Progress, in addition to a number of other left-wing outlets.