Being on time for an appointment, party, or meeting may seem like the polite and decent thing to do, but some scholars and academics now say that being on time is in fact not so great. It is even inherently racist, according to one professor.
Why has promptness and being on time — usually listed as a virtue — suddenly become so problematic and offensive, at least to some? A look at the logic of one professor will make you scratch your head…
The University of Oklahoma is hosting a series on race this spring. One academic speaker that will be presenting a workshop has actually argued that being on time is a racist concept. As anyone who has been left waiting for someone to arrive, who has missed a bus, event, or party because they arrived too late or finally given up on getting somewhere because someone else was late can tell you, timeliness is an essential component of good etiquette and simple decency.
This is not true for progressive academic Heather Hackman. According to the College Fix, she is scheduled to lead a workshop on race, and has an interesting point of view about timeliness and racism.
Hackman was once a professor at St. Cloud University. During a “White Privilege Conference” in 2016, she shared her views on racism that exists in everyday life. Hackman described things like using the English language correctly, arriving to work on time, or even giving grades to students were part of white supremacy.
Hackman says that instead of just being polite constructs and etiquette that allow us to learn, work and spend time together in a more reasonable and harmonious way, the idea of arriving to class or work on time is a racist concept.
“[S]pecific cultural traits chosen and emphasized to favor whites to the detriment of non-white groups,” Hackman argued in 2016. “Individual assessments, competition, outcome over process (I care more about your grades than how you’re doing), ‘discipline’ where we care more about your attendance and making sure you’re not tardy than we care about your relationships … proper English must be spoken (which is just assimilation into standard U.S. dialect), hierarchical power structure, and heavy goal orientation.”
Attendees at her upcoming workshop can expect much of the same progressive chatter and to be lectured about white supremacy in all things, including time management and general politeness. If the title, ” The Body Already Knows: A Framework for Dismantling Race, Racism and Whiteness and Achieving Racial Justice,” is any indication, audiences will again be treated to a wide list of behaviors that seem sensible and mundane, but are in fact racist.
The workshop is scheduled for May 26, and the site has listed a time for the talk — indicating they would like attendees to arrive at a specific time — which Hackman has argued is a racist, White Supremacist thing to do. Despite this hypocrisy, the University seemingly wants its workshops to run on time and conclude at the time indicated on the schedule. Hackman has no explanation for the request for students to arrive at a specific time (and why it is not racist when used by her school).