Woke University of Chicago professor postpones class titled The Problem of WHITENESS labeled racist
A professor at Woke University in Chicago postpones a class called ‘The Whiteness Problem’ after it was called racist by conservative critics
- University of Chicago teacher Rebecca Journey postponed her class titled ‘The Whiteness Problem’ after receiving death threats
- A campaign of abuse against her began after sophomore Daniel Schmidt posted about the course on Twitter with a screenshot of Journey’s bio
- Journey said Schmidt ‘deliberately twisted’ his journey in order to stoke white grievances on social media platforms
- She says she now plans to teach the course in the spring once the university develops a “safety plan” for her and the students in her class.
A University of Chicago teacher has been forced to postpone a class called “The Whiteness Problem” after receiving death threats.
Rebecca Journey was to teach the awakened class, where students would “analyze whiteness as a social construct.”
She dismissed claims that the session stoked ‘anti-white hatred’ calling the criticism ‘dishonest’.
But outraged students called the class the “most egregious example” of anti-white hatred on the college campus.
Journey was forced to push class back to next spring to give school officials time to come up with a safety plan for her and the students.
“The course is absolutely not about ‘the white problem,'” Journey told the Chicago Sun Times.
“The class approaches whiteness as a problem in the philosophical sense of an open question… [with] whiteness as an object of critical inquiry.
Despite her explanations, she was accused of “anti-white” racism and the victim of racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic attacks in her inbox and on a Twitter thread about the class.
Rebecca Journey, a teacher at Woke University of Chicago, was forced to postpone her class on ‘The Whiteness Problem’ after receiving racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic attacks
“I want to emphasize that these attacks are a direct result of this student’s targeted cyberbullying campaign,” Journey said.
“It was a malicious attack not only on me as a teacher, but on anti-racist pedagogy more broadly.”
The torrent of abuse came after a student at the same university where she teaches set up an online campaign to sideline class.
Daniel Schmidt, who is in his second year, posted about the course on Twitter with a screenshot of Journey’s biography and his college email address.
On his Twitter profile, he describes himself as someone “exposing madness at an elite university” and a “right-wing academic activist”.
Journey said Schmidt “deliberately misrepresented” her journey in order to stoke white grievances on social media platforms.
Sophomore Daniel Schmidt posted about the course on Twitter
Schmidt posted a screenshot of Journey’s biography and her college email address, after which the abuse against her began
Schmidt has now defended himself against allegations that he is a cyberbully.
“I have never once called for cyberbullying or attacks on this teacher. This is willful defamation designed to deter me from calling out blatant anti-white hatred. I won’t stop,” he tweeted.
While noting how grateful she is for the university’s support, Journey said she would like to see the school publicly condemn Schmidt’s actions.
“A crucial aspect of academic freedom is the ability of instructors to design courses and curricula, including those that promote debate and may lead to disagreement,” wrote Amanda Woodward, dean of the social sciences division of the University. ‘University of Chicago.
‘While differences of opinion about course material may arise, the University does not cancel classes because of such differences, and the University upholds the freedom of instructors to teach any course that has been developed by through our faculty-led curricular processes, including courses that may be controversial.
Journey remains true to her plans to teach the class and had stipulated that she would not change the title.
“I’m absolutely going ahead with the class as planned. We cannot let cyberterrorists win.
“The University defends the freedom of instructors to teach any course that has been developed through our faculty-led curricular processes, including courses that may be controversial,” reads a statement from the University. from Chicago.