University stands by 'Problem of Whiteness' course

The University of Wisconsin-Madison  is offering a controversial class next semester.

Story highlights

  • 'The Problem of Whiteness' course is receiving heat from a state legislator
  • Both the professor and the university defend the course

(CNN)The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a course next semester called "The Problem of Whiteness," and it's not sitting well with a Republican legislator.

Wisconsin Rep. Dave Murphy, who is also the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, has asked the university to cancel the course, saying it prompts racial division.
    "I am extremely concerned that UW-Madison finds it appropriate to teach a course called, 'The Problem of Whiteness,' with the premise that white people are racist," Murphy said in a statement this week. He even threatened to pull funding for the state university.
    The course, taught by Professor Damon Sajnani, is part of the African Cultural Studies program at the university's College of Letters and Science.
    "Have you ever wondered what it really means to be white? If you're like most people, the answer is probably 'no.' But here is your chance!," re