It didn’t take long for the George Floyd situation to hit academia. But we do have history on such issues.
Like when Michael Brown attacked a police officer and got himself killed. The academic world used the incident as a “teachable moment”. But not how it should have been taught. Instead students were indoctrinated with the idea that despite Michael Brown’s attack on Officer Darrin Wilson, black lives matter. Yes, even criminal black lives.
After the trial proved that Brown tried to kill Officer Wilson, still the social justice narrative remained. Universities across the country felt the need to sooth black students. Columbia even allowed black students to skip finals. Other colleges and universities placated blacks in other ways.
I can’t recall any time in modern history where the death of a thug initiated such responses. Until now.
Post-Michael Brown 2.0, America witnesses George Floyd 1.0 Because yet again, academia doesn’t disappoint in its ability to outrage.
According to a report by Campus Reform, the University of Washington’s students demand lax policies for black students during finals week.
They claim black students are too busy protesting for their rights to have time to study. And if that’s not enough, Professors are encouraged to give their black students grading leniency to “cope emotionally.”
An online petition calls for laxed grading and accommodations, specifically for Black students. So far, the petition has amassed more than 26,000 signatures.
“…give Black students a break! We are already DISPROPORTIONATELY impacted by this pandemic in terms of health care access and financial hardship. Now add state-sanctioned violence, how do you expect us to enter finals in this headspace?!” reads the petition.
In addition, a template to help professors announce these accommodations has been circulating on social media, reading “Dear Students, I am writing to you to offer accommodations for black students in this class during the end of this class and finals.”
More social justice nonsense that will in no way help the black community. Worse, imagine being the reaction of non-black students. Frankly, they should smile at the notion that an entire race of students will be rendered non-competitive in the real world. Nevertheless, there still must be a twinge of envy that rules that apply to blacks don’t apply to all.
I can hear the battle cry now: “Black Grades Matter”.
If you’re like most people, you must wonder where does all this end?
Do black families, teachers, and school faulty alike really believe that this will push black America forward? Will ultimately dumbing down an entire generation of black and minority students really help close the education gap academia often touts as a social justice issue?