Teaching Race Against Racism


By Bill V. Mullen

Arizona State Ethnic Studies Professor Lee Bebout is under attack by a white supremacist group called the “National Youth Front” for teaching a course at his University called “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.”

Lee was my student at Purdue University, where he earned his Ph.D in American Studies. As a graduate student, Lee had much to teach me as he went on to write an important dissertation on the Chicano/a movimiento of the 1960s, later published as a book with University of Minnesota press. Now, as a colleague, Lee is continuing to teach me and the world how to be a principled scholar and to fearlessly pursue critical thinking in the face of attack.

The National Youth Front, which is leading the attack on Lee, is headed by Angelo John Gage, who’s been called “an unabashed racist and anti-Semitic” by the watchdog…

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