Purported reason for the motivations for pushing White Privilege, Whiteness Studies, or Critical Race Theory aside, here is an explanation for the existence of these programs.
All of these have their origins in Cultural Marxism, which is the means by which Western Marxists have steadily trained Westerners, particularly those of the US, to accept and desire Socialism:
".........Early 20th century Marxists were shocked that the proletariat did not rise up against the ruling classes in WWI. In response, they got together and correctly realized their problem -Western Civilization - its very existence was lamented by early Marxists such as Georg Lukaks and Antonio Gramsci . When Lukaks asked his Henry II-esque rhetorical question "Who will save us from Western Civilization ", he meant that this particular culture/society stood squarely in the way of the advance of worldwide Marxism. The concepts of rule of law, Judaism and Christianity, property rights, patriotism, historical legacies of freedom, individualism, etc.were too entrenched in the hearts and minds of the people to allow for the march of Communism. As the people did not know what was good for them, they had to be shorn of these attachments. What we got was "Cultural Marxism" - the plan of the Western Marxists to undermine the attitudes of Western peoples about themselves and their societies....."
[Added 5/12/14 - I left out the fact that the rules and laws concerning the conducting of war, which (aside from Alexander the Great) reached it's height in the West in the late 18th Century, were the creation of white societies. No culture demanded a similar amount of mercy to prisoners of war or placed such strong restrictions on soldiers in their dealings with non-combatants]
"Would it surprise you to learn that educators were recently taught at the fifteenth annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, that “racism is central to America;” “the longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become;” and “this country was built on white principles for white people”?.............................
The conference’s website adds that teachers are eligible for continuing education credits if they attend. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are also eligible for academic credit if they participate.
Hoft, Olson, and Marcus said the conference had roughly 2,400 attendees, and many were students or educators. One individual from the Department of Education told the group there were at least 45 staff members from just one school district at the conference.
The trio said the speakers repeatedly emphasized how important it is to start teaching students about “white privilege” when they are as young as four and five years old, and that they also conflated racism was conflated with capitalism.
Olson said one of the main messages was, “in order to deal with racism … we need to attack capitalism and [change] our very economic structure and economic system.”
Hoft added: “It’s not about moving the country, moving society, in a positive direction … It’s very clear that they’re just pushing Marxism.”......................."