Minnesota community college course says ‘murder of George Floyd’ as ‘American as apple pie’

Called “The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie,” the distance-learning course will “explore systemic racism within the United States."

Inver Hills Community College campus. Image from Inver Hills Facebook page.

Inver Hills Community College is offering a new course this semester on how the “murder of George Floyd” is “as American as apple pie.”

The community college, a member of the Minnesota State system, announced the new three-credit course on its website in July.

Called “The Murder of George Floyd: As American as Apple Pie,” the distance-learning course will “explore systemic racism within the United States, promote an understanding of the narratives associated with the murder of George Floyd, and examine how we move forward with dismantling this oppressive system.”

“This course seeks to equip students to become more empathetic, knowledgeable, and empowered social change agents,” a course description states. The class started Aug. 24 and will meet every Wednesday night until the end of the semester.

Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, a former director of community relations for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and Titilayo Bediako, executive director of the We Win Institute, are co-teaching the online course.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State University’s Mankato campus plans to host a webinar on “the ways whiteness serves us while harming the people of color around us.”

“Have you ever hoped to be perceived as a ‘good white person?’ I have. How can we really be in community with Black people and people of color when we’re too busy focusing on our ‘good’ whiteness?” says an event description for the webinar.

At the K-12 level, public school superintendents have been claiming that “racism pervades every aspect of daily existence” and telling their staff to find new jobs if they are “indifferent” to “anti-racist work.”