In a March 8 video entitled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont,” UVM professor Aaron Kindsvatter, who teaches counseling in the College of Education and Social Services, calls out various policies that target whites.
“There’s a new kind of discrimination on campus that’s going on that I really feel that we need to talk about, and I think that everybody is afraid to talk about it. And this discrimination is against whiteness,” Kindsvatter said.
More than halfway through the video, Kindsvatter makes numerous requests:
So I have a few requests for the University of Vermont. One, would you please stop reducing my personhood to a racial category in your teach-ins. It does not feel good. Also, it initiates a chain of logic in which other persons will be defined by their racial categories. It will divide us further in a time when we need to unite as one people. Please stop telling me my views are harmful just because they’re more moderate than yours are. We all share the same values, we all want the same thing for our university and our society. It doesn’t mean that we all have to think the same way. Would you please disallow policy proposals that give me a false choice between accepting a particular ideology and being understood as a racist.
While some students are calling for the professor to resign due to his video comments, a petition is circulating on Change.org that demands Kindsvatter “be put in charge of UVM’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.”
Watch full video above.