yaf logo
yaf logo

The New Guard

Yale Course Seeks to Determine if Friendship Between Black, White Women ‘Possible’

By

Corey Walker

January 24, 2024

Yale University offers a course that explores whether it is possible for black and white women to have authentic friendships, according to materials observed by the New Guard.

The course titled, “No Time for Tears: Friendships between black women and white women,” purports to examine whether relationships between black and white women are merely transactional. 

In this course, we are interested in exploring if relationships between black women and White women can develop an equal footing. Can those relationships be unfettered by the trappings of quid pro quo transactions? Can they be built upon hard emotional labor, trust, and–risky and rare as it may seem–love? Are these relationships even possible? Might we explore the deficits that make these relationships difficult? We seek to interrogate with brutal honesty the stakes that underwrite black women’s relationships with White women,” the course description reads. 

The university offers the course during the Spring 2024 semester for one credit. According to the university’s official course guide, the class satisfies the school’s distributional requirements in both Humanities and Arts and Writing.

Tasha Hawthorne, instructor of the course, serves as dean of Yale’s Pierson College, according to the university’s website. 

Hawthorne’s work, “explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, genre, race, and politics in Black fiction

Hawthorne is a recipient of the “Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty,” a program founded by the Mellon Foundation. The fellowship recruits scholars, “committed to campus diversity and innovative research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences,” according to the program’s webpage. In addition, the fellowship, “seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.” 

Hawthorne also served as the co-director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies at the elite Phillips Academy Andover, according to her LinkedIn page. The center spearheaded, “institutional efforts toward intersectional gender equity and inclusion by offering resources and developing initiatives that affect all areas of student life on campus.”

Programs and coursework focused on diversity have come under withering criticism in recent months, following the rise in antisemitic protests on college campuses. Conservatives argue that these academic courses, colloquially known as “critical race theory”, have contributed to racial division and antisemitism by promoting the idea the world is divided between oppressed and oppressor classes. 

Related Resources

Article

February 23, 2024

The New Guard

UNCW Canceling Open Swim to Accommodate ‘LGBTQ+ Only’ Pool Party

Article

February 22, 2024

The New Guard

UIC Paid Fauci Exorbitant Fee to Hear Him Talk About How ‘Great’ of a ‘Public Servant’ He Was

Article

February 21, 2024

The New Guard

YAFers Charged With Harassment For Inviting Pro-Aborts to Hear Abby Johnson’s Pro-Life Speech

Get Involved

Become a Member

Chapters

Events & Conferences

Host a Speaker

Campus Activism

Programs

Center for Entrepreneurship

National Journalism Center

Reagan Ranch

Reagan Boyhood Home

Campus Lectures & Activism

Defending Student Rights

Middle School Programs

News & Media

All Media

Articles

Videos

The New Guard

About

About Us

Staff Members

Our Boards

Careers

Financials

Get Involved

Become a Member

Chapters

Events & Conferences

Host a Speaker

Campus Activism

Programs

Center for Entrepreneurship

National Journalism Center

Reagan Ranch

Reagan Boyhood Home

Campus Lectures & Activism

Defending Student Rights

Middle School Programs

News & Issues

All Media

Articles

Videos

The New Guard

About

About Us

Staff Members

Our Boards

Careers

Financials