White Students are Silenced So POC Can Ask Questions

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In the name of racial equity, many schools and universities are making changes so that People of Color are able to get the education that they need. There’s just one problem – it means that white students are slighted in the process.

Particularly at the university level, students are paying the same tuition rates. White students aren’t paying less, therefore, in the name of educational equity, they should get the same rights in the classroom as well as across campus.

A professor at the State University of New York Binghamton actually went as far as delivering a syllabus to students to explain how she would be allowing students to speak in her class. Professor Ana Maria Candela teaches sociology, and she believes in a “progressive stacking” approach to open discussion.

Now, anyone who has a question or who has a thought to share about what is being taught should be able to speak up. But it’s clear that Candela wants to make sure that equity is taken into consideration.

Within her syllabus, she shares that “If you are white, male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society to have your voice easily voiced and heard, we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments to give other priority and will come back to you a bit later or at another time.”

Essentially, that’s her way of dismissing anyone who is white or male. She is clear that she may even come back to a student at another time. That discounts anything that the person has to say about a specific discussion happening. No one wants to add to a discussion during the next class – it’s already been hashed out.

One student, an Economics major, pointed out the issue with Candela’s approach – he can’t get a full participation grade if he’s not called upon. He didn’t ask to be white and male, he’s being profiled based on the way he was born – and that, in case the liberals haven’t realized it, is racism.

The sociology department at SUNY is well aware of what Candela is doing. The other professors take a similar approach – and as some students have been quick to point out, capitalism is equated to slavery in many lectures.

This is yet another example of how liberals have gone too far to appease the minorities. No one should be given a louder voice than others. In order to achieve equity, it has to be a fair chance for everyone – silencing half the class is not the way to accomplish that.