There are people telling funny history stories and I wanted to tell my favorite!
Okay, so. When Napoleon invaded Egypt, the Egyptians wanted to get in his good favor, so they sent along two teenage girls to him for him to use as he pleased. Napoleon was disgusted, because um, no, and he was madly in love with Josephine. So he sent them back. And, well, the Egyptian ministers must have misunderstood.
Because they sent back two ten year old boys.
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A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
This is so intensely fucked up.
Join this Major Community and Student Mobilization on the City College Campus to Restore & Defend the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community & Student Center #CCNY
*WITH AN OPEN MIC SEGMENT*
For 23 years, the Morales/ Shakur Center was an autonomous and liberated safe space at City College for radical activism and social service programs.
But on October 20th, 2013, the CCNY administration illegally raided, shut down, and took over the Morales/Shakur Center without consent.
NO CENTER, NO PEACE!
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YOUTUBE: Morales Shakur Center
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Únete a Esta Movilización Mayor de la Comunidad y Estudiantes Para Restaurar y Defender el Centro Comunitario y Estudiantíl Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur en CCNY
* CON UN SEGMENTO DE MICRÓFONO ABIERTO *
Durante 23 años, el Centro Morales/Shakur fue un lugar libre, seguro, y autónomo en la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York/City College de Nueva York (CCNY) dedicado al activismo radical y a programas de servicios sociales.
Pero el 20 de octubre de 2013, la administración de CCNY
cerró y se hizo cargo del Centro Morales/Shakur ilegalmente.
SIN CENTRO, NO HAY PAZ!
FIRMA NUESTRA PETICIÓN: www.tinyurl.com/savemscc
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LLAMA: (212) 726-2301
if u in NYC, especially if u in Harlem, i BETTA see u there! Hands Off Assata and Guillermo!