Campus Roundup: George Mason University to Offer Course on Trayvon Martin

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  • Even before the Trayvon Martin verdict was announced on July 13, George Mason University, located in Fairfax, VA, announced that it planned to offer an academic course on Martin’s life and death in the context of racial politics. The course, titled “Race and Politics, Trayvon Martin,” will be taught by Prof. Rutledge M. Dennis, who teaches in the African-American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology departments. According to the course description, the class “will examine how racial and cultural politics were driving forces in the public debates and controversies surrounding such cases as the Scottsboro Boys in Alabama, Robert Williams in North Carolina, Emmett Till in Mississippi, Medgar Evers in Mississippi, Martin Luther King in Georgia, Angela Davis in California, O.J. Simpson in California, Rodney King in California, and currently, Trayvon Martin in Florida.”
  • Audrey Jarvis, a student at Sonoma State University in California, was working at freshman orientation on June 27th when an employee of the University’s Associated Students Productions asked her to remove her crucifix necklace claiming that it might offend or intimidate the freshmen they were recruiting. The employee, Erik Dickson, told Jarvis that he had received a letter from the chancellor of California State University stating a policy against wearing religious items.  Five days after Jarvis was asked to remove her cross, SSU President Ruben Armiñana denied the existence of such a policy and issued an apology stating “Somebody made a mistake…you are free to display whatever religious instrument you wish.”
  • Asked by a reporter whether he supported the Republican plan to lower interest rates on student loans, a Georgetown student responded “I don’t think I support anything the Republicans do. I think all of them should probably be put to death.” The response was caught on video.
  • Tulane University political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry who made headlines several months ago for her statement that “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents” reacted to George Zimmerman’s acquittal by stating publicly that the verdict made her wish she didn’t have sons: “Last night, I thought, I live in a country that makes me wish my sons away. Wish that they don’t exist, because it’s not safe.”
  • UC-Berkeley Law Professor Jonathan Simon reacted to the Zimmerman verdict by declaring that the jury suffered from racial prejudice, even if they might not be aware of it: “Imagine that Trayvon was a 17 year old female, a 54 year old white male, or even a 17 year old white male. In all of those cases the prosecutors would have had an easier job convincing the jury that Zimmerman acted recklessly in firing his gun… In convincing the jury that George Zimmerman was reasonable in fearing for his life, the defense had a wind at its back that would not have been there had Trayvon been female or white.”

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  • Moto

    “Even before the Trayvon Martin verdict was announced on July 13, George Mason University, located in Fairfax, VA, announced that it planned to offer an academic course on Martin’s life and death in the context of racial politics. The course, titled “Race and Politics, Trayvon Martin,” will be taught by Prof. Rutledge M. Dennis, who teaches in the African-American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology departments.”

    How many different ways can you actually say “I’m not racist,but everything bad that happens to me is whitey’s fault”?

    I guess we are about to find out.

    • victoryman

      George Mason must be spinning in his grave.

      • kastrono_cubasi

        one must be a very reverse racist american to take such a invented or false “course” or very dumb !

    • tagalog

      About 30 years ago, my wife went to night school at SUNY at Albany to get her bachelor’s degree. Being an adult who was working at a demanding job, she quite naturally took some easy electives, one of which was a course on the movies. I audited it with her. It was great fun, seeing a movie every week. I even saw a couple I hadn’t seen before (“M” and “Mad Love” with Peter Lorre, two goodies, and got to see “Birth of a Nation” which is rarely on TV due to its racial content). It was kind of a not-so-cheap date, with credit toward her degree. If this commentary is any indication of how things have been going in the world of higher education, that movie course was almost canonical.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      This is not a course but that’s what they called it in that college.If they wish to promote such hoaxes an idealize a punk then they should have put it within a real serious course like : Sociology or Psychology of the masses or Crimianl Law or Phylosophy, not make or invent of all its pieces a “course” on one single american citizen. Logics is for reasoning intelligently.

  • ytdontplay

    Indoctrination has replaced education. Marxism is alive and well. Do not send your child to one of these so-called universities of higher learning. You’ll get a whacked out commie in return.

    • victoryman

      Don’ sae thet. I be taken da Travon class an’ lern lots uv stuf. Then eye kud be a teechur.

      • sikntyrd

        Rrrrrriiiiiiigggggghhhhttttt……

    • Fritz

      The worst part is that the whacked out commie won’t even be able to find a job cleaning toilets in the central committee washrooms with that level of credentials. In countries like Germany they still teach the traditional hard disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, etc. Unlike over here their institutes of higher learning haven’t become politically correct diploma mills run by retreads from the 60s and 70s. The leaders and members of their most famous terrorist group, the RAF, either ended up six feet under or in prison for 20 years, not as college professors or creating curricula for Chicago public schools.

      • Fritz

        Come to think of it the members of the RAF would have torn the hide off the likes of a spineless jellyfish like Bill Ayers, had they ever crossed paths. Unlike Bill Ayers the former members of the RAF know that what they did was stupid and got what they deserved.

      • kastrono_cubasi

        This is exactly what I was trying to say before.Serious fundamental subjects are the only ones that should be in any curriculae.Better put I can not.

        I wonder why these “professors” do not take on the task to enhance and reform the educational plan and curriculuae instead of inventing “subjects” like the one in this case.
        In the country about 30% of americans are illiterate or functionally incapable of writing or reading but they come up to High Schools and even Colleges with that low standard backgrounds.

        TIME FOR A REAL OVERHAUL AND REFORM OF EDUCATION IN THE USA

    • sikntyrd

      All the public schools from K to high school are inundated with liberal teachers… who went into education to indoctrinate our children. Most of those teachers have gone to universities that have the liberal agenda, taught by liberal professors, and got grant monies to pursue their liberal ideals. The only solution is to privatize the schools. Get each school to be responsible and answerable to the parents directly… not the government or the unions. Kick all those unions out of education.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      you are damned right.The youth in the campuses are infiltrated by professional commies or leftists from the times of the cold war. Now they think they are sooooo smart that they can force their academic staffs or professors to deviate toward the left leaning positions and serve as their instruments in indoctrinating or teaching biased subjects to accomplish nothing but the destruction of Democracy and the fall down of Freedom.

  • UCSPanther

    I’ve been fortunate that my University has some sanity and there doesn’t appear to be any serious attempts at indoctrination on campus that I know of.

    Sane Universities are out there, but because of the isolation from the real world that is endemic in institutions of higher learning, they tend to be very vulnerable to developing the insanity that we hear of all the time…

    • kastrono_cubasi

      We have seen a huge majority of the academics personnel to incline themselves to the left and to try to influence not only the public with their works but in special their own students because of the fear in them to get ousted or criticized by their own avant garde students. The exceptions exist but then it takes a great deal of political and moral convictions to stand on those principles grounds. I knew of a case like that years ago in a Univ. of Illinois. The mentioned prof. was not afraid to lose his position because of his own stand or political opinions.And that position is what is admirable.It is what should be taught instead of cowardly hide their true beliefs .

  • Veracious_one

    Universities teaching racism and anti-Americanism…what’s new about that?

  • tagalog

    Is any university offering a course on the impact of the Pre-Socratics on the rational analysis of being? No, of course not; that would be too much.

    How about studies of the lives and teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle?

    Any new initiative to teach the Philosophy of Virtue as it has unfolded over the last two millennia?

    I know I’m just being silly. Sorry.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      taglaog, those matters or subjects would be to difficult for ignorant,almost, illiterate and poor reasoning students.Even for those professors
      afraid of losing their jobs or positions, if they don’t comply with the new betrayal of America. by influencing by the bias of leftists dogmas that did not work in the ex-soviet era, neither in Castro’s gulag Cuba nor in North Korea..

      • tagalog

        And yet those subjects were all discussed in my undergrad college days between 1964 and 1968. We didn’t reason particularly well either, but learning about those things made a difference in our ability to think analytically and critically.

        How times appear to have changed.

  • Paula Douglas

    “Imagine that Trayvon was a 17 year old female, a 54 year old white male, or even a 17 year old white male. In all of those cases the prosecutors would have had an easier job convincing the jury that Zimmerman acted recklessly in firing his gun… In convincing the jury that George Zimmerman was reasonable in fearing for his life, the defense had a wind at its back that would not have been there had Trayvon been female or white.”

    To take just this last item, if a 17 year-old female, a 54 year-old white male, or a 17 year-old white male had been beating Zimmerman’s head on the pavement, it would have been just as easy to convince a jury that Zimmerman feared for his life. He would have looked like a sissy if it had been a teenage girl, but still. 17 year-old whites and 54 year-old white males weren’t habitually burglarizing the apartment complex, anyway, so Zimmerman wouldn’t have had any reason to follow one of them in the first place. Is that the state of reasoning on college campuses now?

    • sikntyrd

      Imagine Zimmerman was a black female and was being raped by a white man who was trying to knock her out first with punches to her face and head… or let’s say Zimmerman was a black kid who was following a white kid. Reverse the situation. BUT Holder and Obama will actually be right behind Zimmerman (if his name happened to be Trayvon).

      • kastrono_cubasi

        Do remember that professor from Massachussets that was going to enter at his own home and was intercepted by a police agent ?
        There was anothe outrage spin on that incident, to that point Nobama thought it was his duty to intervene or comment about it.
        Never before a president of the US has come to intervene in such petty insignificant situation when there are dozens of more important or vital matters to take care of..BUT that prof.was a black one…and he has to show that no one can do anything against a black citizen…even if it is protecting his/her own home like the police agent was doing without knowing that that home was the professor’s one.

  • Steve plaut

    Oh dear what next, a course about community organizing?

    • kastrono_cubasi

      do you mean a totalitarian commie method for community organizing ?
      Yeah ! that’s what they are up to.

  • CurmudgyOne

    Q. Are white students allowed to take the class at George mason Univ.
    A. Yes but they have to sit in the back of the room and keep their mouths shut.
    Q. Isn’t that “racist.”
    A. No, just liberalism. Maybe a little bit racist.
    Okay, maybe so, but so what… whitey been racist all along, now it be our turn.
    Oh, and thanx for lettin’ us in here with bad grades.

    • sikntyrd

      Hmmmm… I am not sure if I like what you are trying to imply here.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      Oh No !whiteys should not be allowed in..
      Rapists yes, specially those who in gang attack whites ladies
      they will learn how to cop with guys like Zimmerman..and then with mobs searching them for lynching them.

  • Fritz

    One more junk course to offer members of the Occupy non movement, in order to qualify them for a future job at McDonalds which they think is beneath them.

  • Moliminous

    George Mason must be turning in his grave. Throughout his life, Mason searched for what is good, what is better and what is best. He sought the truth. He found that hard work, intelligent efforts and considered thought leads to the “good life.” He built his life around facts, not fiction… around honest exchange not diatribes… on the truth, not one’s preconceived and narcissistic meanderings.

    What they’re proposing at George Mason just doesn’t fit. But it is typical. When all you have to offer is the victims of the past, the present and future is nothing more than the same. And isn’t that a shame. A college education is not about heart-things, it’s about head things.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      or the forgotten father of american ways : Emerson and his philosophy on the pragmatism to face the life struggle with common sense, logic or reasoning

  • unapologeticone

    Maybe the lab work will consist of mixing up some purple drank, or analyzing the contents for blunts for seeds and stems.

  • amerifreak

    funny. you know, when you remember that George Mason co-authored the 2nd amendment

  • Moliminous

    They would do far better to have a seminar on the writings of Plato, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas; there’s some intellectual meat therein.

    • kastrono_cubasi

      Would they have what it take s to stuy such phylosophical subjects?
      i guess not.

  • CUBASIKASTRONO

    this is so ridiculous and illogical that I am apalled at the ignorance of those students who enroled to such courses. My reasoning is that this new “subject” is not a part of a curriculum as such . let say, if we know mathematics is a subject, then why to create a “new subject ” on algebra or geometry, both of which fall within the math one. Or take a course in Cooking ,but some wise cookie think there should be a “new” course on chicken soup

  • CUBASIKASTRONO

    if this professor wishes to lecture on that punk Trayvon Martin it should have been within a course subject within SOCIOLOGY or even a psychology one. Inside a major subject and not a forced fake course. Imagine : creating a subject on 295 millions americans in separate courses..ja, ja

  • Christopher Riddle

    These people continue to identify people SOLELY based on The Color of Their Skin!They are nothing more than RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mulch monkey

    So much has been said about T M, but the media has constantly lied/misled about his drug use. The thing that disturbs me most is the lie about the “Skittles” he was carrying the nite he was killed. Skittles is the street name for Corcedin, a very powerful hallucinogenic. Also, the “Iced Tea” was a watermelon flavored drink to be mixed with “Skittles” and coff syrup. TM’s liver showed damage from this, but the media, Al Dullton an that piece of trash, Jessie Jackoff have all conveniently ignore all this.