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"Pyramid of White Supremacy" Draws Controversy at SU

Campus Report

It was an effort to spark dialogue with students in the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year.

But the “Pyramid of White Supremacy” graphic used for a diversity class at Salisbury University has sparked controversy.

It’s a one credit-course for those majoring in elementary education.

Professor Erin Stutelberg says that she didn’t want her students to see white supremacy only through the eyes of groups like the KKK.

The graphic puts genocide at the top of the pyramid but then includes such items as “not challenging racist jokes’ and “school-to-prison pipeline” below.

Karen Olmstead, interim provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, issued a statement saying that the course was aimed at preparing future teachers to support learning in diverse classrooms.

The first published reports about the pyramid came from the group “Campus Reform” and was quickly picked up by conservative outlets such as the Washington Times, Fox News Insider and The Blaze.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.