University of Minnesota offers 12-step AA-type program to recover from being white

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Minneapolis, MN –  Do you, or anyone you know, suffer from “whiteness?”  

We, at Law Enforcement Today, want to be proactive in getting our readers who suffer from this serious disease some help.

This is why we  recommend the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Continuing Education Series, “Deconstructing & Decentralizing White-ness in Practice: A Three-Part Series.”

Sadly, this is no joke. We’re serious. We truly want to help!

This special series comes in a lecture format. It’s titled: “Recovery from White Conditioning.” Apparently, white people have a genuine sickness, according to therapist Cristina Combs.

Some background of our leader…eh, teacher:

Combs received her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She has worked as an in-home family therapist, outpatient therapist, and clinical supervisor of a school-based mental health program. She is a LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). 

She teaches white people how to use a “12-step” program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to “recover and reclaim our full humanity.”

Combs, who created the program, spent “years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys,” the website for the series claims.

Welcome to the mind of the female white liberal. Oops, we mean, welcome to the mind of a future nonracist white person!

The College Fix reported in a lengthy article detailing the presentation:

“Combs began the lecture by acknowledging that ‘I am on traditional Dakota land,’ the territory of a Native American tribe which settled in Minnesota. She also acknowledged ‘George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all of the other lives stolen from families and communities and our world due to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence.’”

Combs asked:

“What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘white supremacy?’”

If you’re thinking of a millennial white liberal who joins Antifa and marches against the oppression of those that aren’t white, you would be incorrect. Everyone knows white supremacy can’t possibly occur today in our “woke” society.

She showed a slide with images of Ku Klux Klan members and white nationalists in Charlottesville, then replaced their images with one of herself, commenting:

“When BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) activists would use the term ‘white supremacy’ to talk about the systems that needed to change and the work that white people needed to do, my instinct was to recoil. It felt too hard or too raw of a word, and I didn’t like it. And I ultimately realized that that is my ego … Stepping into that tension and accepting my connection to white supremacy has been a freedom of sorts to show up in better alignment with my values and do the work for the rest of my life.”

In her preamble to the explanation of her 12-step program toward racial sobriety, Combs quoted feminist author Bell Hooks saying that:

“Imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy’ [is] the power structure underlying the social order.”

The 12-step program that tells white people why they are responsible for all the evils of the world, gives them the chance to recover from their whiteism. Sadly, they can’t change the color of their skin to show they are recovered. It’s okay, we at Law Enforcement Today believe you might receive a brownie and a little pin to be identified as “recovered.”

Let us look at this quite informative program.

The model of Recovery from White Conditioning was developed in 2015 as a derivative work, with guidance from BIPOC consultants.

“It is designed for white people to challenge and support each other to accept our responsibility for dismantling white supremacy, as it lives in us and around us.”

Ok, this is a little creepy… but let’s continue.

As Toni Cade Bambara expressed:

“Revolution begins with the self, in the self. We’d better take the time to fashion revolutionary selves, revolutionary lives, revolutionary relationships.”

And as Dwayne Reed recently asserted:

“White supremacy won’t die until White people see it as a White issue they need to solve rather than a Black issue they need to empathize with.”

Combs encourages the reader (or buyer of her book) to:

 “Look within…to transform violent legacies of whiteness into healthy, loving, white anti-racist community and action.”

Already, we’re a little creeped out. This is beginning to sound like a cult.

This is a two-hour program where Combs says:

“I also want to hold that alongside the tension that, in this model, we are, in fact, centering whiteness, but we are centering it differently: to expose it, study its patterns, and to transform its violent legacy.”

Sounds like we are about to enter a history lesson.

The 12 steps in the program include:

Step 1: “We admitted that we had been socially conditioned by the ideology of white supremacy.

Step 2: “We came to believe that we could embrace our ignorance as an invitation to learn.

Step 3: “We develop support systems to keep us engaged in this work.

Step 4: “We journeyed boldly inward, exploring and acknowledging ways in which white supremacist teachings have been integrated into our minds and spirits.

Step 5: “We confessed our mistakes and failings to ourselves and others.

Step 6: “We were entirely ready to deconstruct previous ways of knowing, as they have been developed through the lens of white supremacy.

Step 7: “We humbly explored new ways of understanding…proactively seeking out new learning and reconstructing a more inclusive sense of reality.

Step 8: “We committed ourselves to an ongoing study of our racial biases, conscious or unconscious, and our maladaptive patterns of white supremacist thinking.

Step 9: “We develop strategies to counteract our racial biases.

Step 10: “We embraced the responsibility of focusing on our impact, more than our intentions, in interactions with people of color.

Step 11: “We engage in daily practices of self-reflection.

Step 12: “We committed ourselves to sharing this message with our white brothers, sisters, and siblings… to build a supportive recovery community and to encourage personal accountability within our culture.”

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Regarding Step 12 Combs said:

“Step 12 is about saying, ‘We have to go and get our people and work on our communal transformation. Who are your heroes? What are your songs, traditions, rituals, rules of admonishment?”

After she finished talking about the 12 steps, Combs revealed the outline of what a gathering of those looking for a “Recovery from White Conditioning” meeting would look like.

Meetings start with a “Call to Recovery,” a quote from author Shailja Patel:

“We are here to be fully human to ourselves, fully accountable to each other.”

After housekeeping items like introductions and announcements, attendees undergo a minute of silent reflection. Combs added that they will also read:

“A white anti-racist, then discuss the particular step they are focusing on in that meeting.”

Maybe it is just us at Law Enforcement Today, but we wanted to be sure that we would be reading something anti-racist if we were to attend one of these lectures. We looked up the term “racism” on dictionary.com to make sure we weren’t walking into one of those liberal schemes where they are really the racist ones. But they don’t believe they are, because, you know they’re white and they preach white guilt.

Dictionary.com defined racism as:

“A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.”

Wouldn’t it be easier to treat everybody, regardless of their skin color, like they are human beings? And, if you say something hurtful to another person, just say sorry and not do it again?  Not only would this save you time, but it would save money.

The College Fix posted this on their Facebook page. It garnered 232 reactions, 102 comments, and 534 shares. Some of the comments will entertain you. Some said what we are all thinking:

…..and then, one day, for no reason at all….. 

We need a 12 step program to teach resilience instead of wooziness.

Centers for higher learning? High something but it is not learning.”

The delusions run deep.

“These people are full of Crap. They do this type of thing hopeful that idiots of wokeness get a hold of it and praise them for it, and then it takes off…so they can tour and sell themselves to other idiots.

“Higher education isn’t a place for learning and a gathering of thought, it’s an echo chamber for idiots. Lord help us.”

And some point out that this is all about white privilege:

The name should be “Left Supremacy” they are the ones that think they are Supreme.

And for the privilege of hearing this garbage, that will be $32K for one year.”

One person reminded us that this wasn’t happening in our private schools:

Oh, hey, at a public university even.”

And others just called it what it is:

This is called indoctrination.

 “Brainwashing.”

Even through a pandemic – this is so important – that they want to create a conference. Will there be mask usage and social distancing?

 

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