“As a White American, I am by definition racist,” Bucholtz says at the opening of her talk, as reported by Campus Reform. “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I know there is this sort of rhetoric of White people in the United States rejecting the label of racism but I think we need to acknowledge that, and do better.”
In keeping with the infectious spirit of the times, the professor went on to characterize ‘white supremacy’ in the United States as a “pandemic or… a disease,” yet minutes later in the discussion she contradicted herself, saying “white supremacy is not a disease, it is a choice … a system that White people have built in order to oppress everyone else.”
As par for course when discussing the scourge of “systemic racism” that is allegedly strangling the life out of America, little by way of evidence is required to support the claim. When Bucholtz speaks of white supremacy in the United States as a “pandemic,” she says that she is “not speaking metaphorically,” yet where exactly is the proof? Bucholtz points to “life and death issues, like Covid-19 and the appalling and ongoing acts of police violence and murder” to support this very serious assertion.