Student files bias complaint after dry-erase message fails to refer to MLK as ‘doctor’

Jul 8, 2020 by

Complaint lodged with Ohio State’s Bias Assessment and Response Team 

In January 2019, a student walked into the lobby of the Busch House dormitory on the Ohio State University campus and saw a dry-erase board decorated to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.

But the student, who is black, was not satisfied with how the board was decorated.

“I simply stated that the board could be better, and I expected more,” the student reported, saying a dorm office assistant then began to speak to him in a “hostile tone.”

“He began to repeat that I should be grateful that he (Dr. King) had a dream for me [and] to be grateful for his (Dr. King) name at least being on the board,” wrote the student in a complaint filed with the Ohio State Bias Assessment and Response Team.

“I responded that the board did not even properly address Dr. King because it did not include the prefix doctor,” wrote the student, adding that “it could have at least included a quote or something to acknowledge King’s importance as the first Black man to have a national holiday named after him.”

“I was offended by the board’s minor attempt to honor one of my community’s national heroes,” wrote the student, adding that the comment “have a nice day off” written on the board was inappropriate.

This is just one of the 135 reports filed with Ohio State’s Bias Assessment and Response Team between August 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019 that were obtained by The College Fix through an open records law request. The identities of the individuals filing the reports have been redacted by the university to protect their anonymity.

Source: Student files bias complaint after dry-erase message fails to refer to MLK as ‘doctor’ | The College Fix

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