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Professors Blame Racism, Republicans for Government Shutdown

Posted By Sara Dogan On October 11, 2013 @ 12:25 am In Campus Roundup,Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 111 Comments

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  • Professors at campuses across the nation have been quick to lay blame for the government shutdown. And they are not blaming Barack Obama or the Democrats.  University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor Anthea Butler claimed on twitter that racism against President Obama was responsible for the shutdown stating that a previous shutdown had taken place under the leadership of “fake black president Clinton” but this time Republicans have a “real black president to mess with.”
  • Assistant Professor Rachel Slocum at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse sent students in her geography class an email stating that “some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/tea party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government” due to the Census website, among other resources, being unavailable. When a student objected to the partisan email, Slocum sent a second email to her class claiming that she hadn’t “meant to be partisan” but still laying out essentially the same argument and further stating that “It’s important to recognize that within the Republican party there is disagreement over how to govern. Many are not happy with this all or nothing style that people on the far right (who refer to themselves as the Tea Party) are advocating.”
  • Students at Columbia University and Barnard College staging a joint production of The Vagina Monologues have banned white students from participating in the performance on the grounds that the show “has historically overlooked the empowerment of women of color, queer women, and trans* folk, among others—often replicating and perpetuating the same systems of power and privilege that prompted the playwright, Eve Ensler, to write The Vagina Monologues in the first place.”  The Facebook page for the event notes that the board’s decision to restrict participation to “self-identified women of color” was unanimous and will “center traditionally marginalized identities within the feminist community, creating a space in which the voices, stories, and experiences of women of color can be heard, acknowledged, and addressed.”
  • University of Maryland administrator William Dorland, who serves as the director of the university’s Honors College, stated in an email welcoming students back to campus for the fall term that “This year, we learned that it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida,” alluding to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Dorland continued on to note that, “This year, the most activist Supreme Court in the history of the United States and radical factions of gun owners, gun manufacturers, and marijuana users are challenging the very fabric of the nation…”  Despite complaints from some students and faculty about the email, Dorland insisted “In my job here I’m pretty apolitical.”
  • A pro-life demonstration held by Indiana University’s newly formed Students for Life chapter outside the student union was greeted with vandalism and hate-fueled comments on behalf of other students at the university.  One student grabbed a number of the crosses which had been placed in the ground to signify deaths from abortion and threw them in the trash can.  When asked to stop he shouted that abortion “was awesome” and “you are all ignorant people and need to keep your beliefs to yourself.”  Another man was caught on video proclaiming “You’re in conflict with the world that I want, which is a world where all your churches burn.”

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