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.