In another example of how Americans have lost control of their institutions of higher education to Marxists, socialists, and racists, a college professor who was forced to change her course description after proclaiming that she would call on white male students last, if at all, during class discussions is being supported by faculty colleagues and some students.
Syracuse.com reported that Binghamton Unversity sociology Prof. Ana Maria Candela made the addition to her syllabus, while the New York Post subsequently added that Candela wrote that “if you are white, male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society to have your voice easily voiced and heard, we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments to give others priority and will come back to you a bit later or at another time.”
“Our experience with this practice is that within little time, those who feel most privileged to speak begin to take the initiative to hold space for others who feel less comfortable speaking first, while those who tend to be more silenced in our society grow more comfortable speaking,” said the syllabus.
“As you can imagine, it has tremendous benefits for our society as a whole when we learn to hold space and listen to others whose voices are typically disregarded and silenced,” the syllabus added.
Often is the time when liberals make these kinds of claims a) without any pushback at all from their institutions; and b) without a shred of evidence to support their contention. If there are Americans of color being intentionally silenced by a segment of society, it’s news to us. By contrast, whites are constantly under assault these days by the left, especially on college campuses (conservatives run a close second) and Candela’s example is only the latest.
To be fair to Binghamton University, a spokesperson told Fox News that what Candela wrote in the course description is a violation of the school’s rules.
“The Faculty Staff Handbook outlines principles of effective teaching, which include valuing and encouraging student feedback, encouraging appropriate faculty-student interaction, and respecting the diverse talents and learning styles of students,” said the spokesperson.
“The syllabus statement you have brought to our attention clearly violates those principles. The faculty member has updated their syllabus, removing the section in question, and is now in compliance with the Faculty Staff Handbook,” the spokesperson added.
However, that’s not the last word on this sad commentary on ‘racism in American circa 2022.’
WSKG reported that more than 100 people attended a rally to support Candela’s policy, while Prof. Tina Chronopoulos told the local outlet that Candela’s policy should not have been removed in the first place.
“[Faculty] are worried that, you know, whenever they bring up, quote unquote, ‘these difficult topics,’ that they’ll get blowback from people who feel like they’re being discriminated against,” she said.
Being overtly racist is not ‘bringing up a difficult topic,’ it’s being overtly racist, and that’s not allowed in American society.
Nevertheless, Candela told rally attendees that she appreciates the support she has received.
“That tells you something about what students are experiencing on this campus,” Candela reportedly said. “That you have to write a statement to help them to feel safe coming into the classroom space, to speak their voices, to have their voices heard.”
The College Fix reported that Binghamton sociology colleague Prof. William Martin launched a change.org petition to support Candela, falsely claiming that her policy is “inclusive.”
“Dr. Candela recognizes as we do that our classroom discussions are often dominated by a minority of persons reflecting societal class, racial and gender inequalities. … Many of our students all too often feel marginalized, and discussions are constrained and limited as a result. We should not pretend otherwise,” Martin wrote.
As the Fix noted, not everyone supports this overt racism.
Sean Harrigan, one of her students, filed an anti-gender discrimination complaint against the professor over her policy.
“How am I supposed to get a full participation grade if I’m not called on because of the way I was born?” Harrigan asked, according to the report.