CA Professor to Teach ‘Black Minds Matter’ Course Because ‘Educators Are Racist’

Sep 14, 2017 by

“They engage black males from a point of stereotypes, microaggressions, and bias.”

A California professor has developed a Black Lives Matter-inspired graduate education course because “nearly all educators are racist,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

San Diego State University’s Luke Wood, who teaches at the school’s education college and is director of the school’s joint doctoral education program with Claremont College, told the student paper the Daily Aztec that “[Educators] are not overtly white supremacists but they harbor perceptions of black males that are informed by what they have seen in wider society through the media, news, in books and in film. They engage black males from a point of stereotypes, microaggressions, and bias.”

He has created a course called “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education,” that will encourage future educators to use the classroom as a place of “civil resistance against racism” and to develop new pedagogical practices inspired by the “intentional application Black Lives Matter principles of loving engagement, restorative justice, and collective value.”

Wood said black males are perceived in the classroom as either academically inferior or “criminalized.” They tend to be “exposed to exclusionary discipline or put in special education as a dumping ground for them, which really only does one thing well, and it’s to socialize people to go into the prison-industrial complex.”

The course, scheduled to begin Oct. 23, will be taught in person to about 30 students and available via livestream for some 10,000 more participants. It will feature speakers like Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz.

Wood said he “anticipated that there would be some people who were not happy with the course, because whenever you speak love into a system of hate, there is a visceral reaction.”

And indeed some people are not happy. Brandon Jones, the president of the SDSU College Republicans, has asked the university to “distance itself” from the course, which he claims will “teach students to become victims instead of preparing them to become contributing members of society.”

“Taxpayer money must not be used to fund political campaigns of any kind, especially those associated with Black Lives Matter,” he added.

Craig DeLuz, a trustee of the Robla Elementary School District and legislative advocate for the Fredrick Douglass Foundation, has been pressuring the school to cancel the course because of its association with Black Lives Matter, a “movement whose members have promoted segregation and violence against law enforcement.”

Source: CA Professor to Teach ‘Black Minds Matter’ Course Because ‘Educators Are Racist’ | Truth Revolt

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