Just resign: White female VA Tech teacher apologizes for the ‘inexcusable horrors’ of being white

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Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane

A Virginia Tech professor who put an unsolicited screed of self-hatred on her class syllabus page, condemning herself as a privileged “middle class” white person with no sexual deviancies, is drawing well-deserved scorn after her manifesto of victimhood became public.

Curiously, Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane made no mention of quitting her position of privilege at a big state university, presumably with full benefits, living large in an insulated bubble and running her mouth on the Virginia taxpayer’s dime.

Duncan Lane used her Human Development 1134 course syllabus to try to assuage her own weird sense of white guilt, according to Campus Reform, writing: “I am a Caucasian cisgender female and first-generation college student from Appalachia who is of Scottish, British, and Norwegian heritage. … I am married to a cisgender male, and we are middle class. While I did not ‘ask’ for the many privileges in my life: I have benefitted [sic] from them and will continue to benefit from them whether I like it or not.”

The professor characterized her privilege as “injustice” and took it upon herself to cringingly apologize for a long history of white people abusing nonwhite people.

Duncan Lane’s Virginia Tech faculty page appears to have been completely removed from the university’s website.

The “apology” that appeared on her syllabus page needs to be read in full:

“I am a Caucasian cisgender female and first-generation college student from Appalachia who is of Scottish, British, and Norwegian heritage.

I am married to a cisgender male, and we are middle class.

While I did not “ask” for the many privileges in my life: I have benefitted from them and will continue to benefit from them whether I like it or not.

This is injustice. I am and will continue to work on a daily basis to be antiracist and confront the innate racism within myself that is the reality and history of white people.

“I want to be better: Every day. I will transform: Every day. This work terrifies me: Every day.

“I invite my white students to join me on this journey.

“And to my students of color: I apologize for the inexcusable horrors within our shared history.”

“I am and will continue to work on a daily basis to be antiracist and confront the innate racism within myself that is the reality and history of white people,” Duncan Lane concluded.

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