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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Don't teach me about structural racism or else I'll file a racial discrimination complaint against you.

Professor Shannon Gibney
Minneapolis Community and Technical College will certainly be losing applicants from the African-American community in the upcoming school semesters, after Black professor, Shannon Gibney, was reprimanded by the school's vice president of academic affairs after three Caucasian male students filed a complaint against her. What was Gibney's offence? Teaching structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication class. According to Gibney, the three students interrupted her while she spoke—often becoming hostile, and saying comments such as: "Why do we have to talk about this? It's like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys." In order to take control of the situation, Gibney suggested to those students that if they didn't appreciate the subject matter being taught, that they should file a complaint with the school's legal affairs department. They did, and Gibney was formally reprimanded on the grounds that she created a hostile learning environment for trying to educate her students about the existence and operations of structural racism.

Fortunately, Gibney and six other professors are filing a class-action lawsuit against MCTC on the grounds that it is a discriminatory workplace. The fact that these students were so uncomfortable with the topic proves that they're the ones who needed to be taught about it the most. As for the vice president of academic affairs who didn't find fault with the students for filing such a ridiculous complaint, he's better off being in the classroom as he's clearly unqualified to do his jobs.

Source: Raw Story