Profs say classroom civility promotes white racial power

Two University of Northern Iowa professors recently argued that practicing “civility” in college classrooms can “reproduce white racial power.”

C. Kyle Rudick and Kathryn B. Golsan assert in a recent academic article that civility, particularly “whiteness-informed civility,” allegedly “functions to assert control of space” and “create a good white identity.”

This civility can reinforce white privilege, Rudick and Goslan argue, because “civility within higher education is a racialized, rather than universal, norm,” according to the field of “critical whiteness studies.”

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To study this phenomenon, Rudick and Goslan interviewed 10 white college students and asked them questions such as “What do you consider to be civil behaviour?” and “How do you think your racial identity may affect your understandings of civility when talking with students of color?”

Students who indicated that they “treat everyone the same way” were accused of trying to create a “good White identity,” according to Rudick and Goslan’s analysis.

“First, participants stated that they tried to avoid talking about race or racism with students of color to minimize the chance that they would say something ‘wrong’ and be labeled a racist,” the professors report. “Another way that participants described how they tried to be civil when interacting with students of color was to be overly nice or polite.”

White students who make an extra effort to be nice to students of color, Rudick and Goslan claim, are merely upholding “white privilege” and “white racial power.”

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Even students who indicated that they treat “everyone the same” were accused of reinforcing white racial power by the professors, who contend that treating everyone the same in the spirit of colorblindness can actually be a “race-evasive” strategy.

In this vein, one interviewee, Ryan, stated, “I feel like I treat everyone the same…To me, if you're white or black..., then I'm going to treat you like you're a human being. I guess I don't see skin color whenever I see someone.&rdq

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NLRB gives Harvard grad students second chance to unionize

Harvard University graduate students who voted against forming a union last year must re-do the election, a federal government panel ruled Tuesday.

According to The Boston Business Journal, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down Harvard’s appeal of a previous decision to redo the November 2016 election, which was mandated by the NLRB in response claims that the school did not count hundreds of votes that might have affected the outcome of the original election.

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“[The appeal] raises no substantial issues warranting review,” the NLRB said in a statement, as reported by the publication.

Harvard, however, continues to maintain that the 2016 election was fair and that the federal panel should have upheld the students’ decision not to unionize.

“The University continues to believe the November 2016 student unionization election was fair and that well-informed students turned out in high numbers to vote,” a Harvard spokesperson told Campus Reform. “It is disappointing that the NLRB has not upheld our students’ decision to vote against unionization in that election.”

The graduate student push for unionization is not exclusive to Harvard, having caught on at schools across the country following a 2016 NLRB decision granting students who are employed and have teaching duties the right to form unions.

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“Shortly thereafter, a group of graduate students who had affiliated with the United Auto Workers to form the Harvard Graduate Students Union–United Auto Workers (HGSU-UAW) called for a vote on Harvard’s campus,” Harvard provost Alan Garber explained in a letter to students last month, adding that an election was subsequently held in November 2016 under the supervision of the NLRB.

“The initial vote count showed a majority of votes against unionization,” Garber added. “Having apparently lost the election, the HGSU-UAW filed an objection with the NLRB asking for a new election, arguing that the voter list that Harvard provided to them was incomplete.”

According to the provost, the NLRB then received a request from the HGSU-UAW to hold a new election and found that “533 names were unintentionally omitted from the li

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FBI reviewing claims that university violated abortion laws

The FBI recently began reviewing allegations that the University of New Mexico illegally procured fetuses from a local abortion clinic to conduct medical research.

In 2016, the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives concluded an investigation that produced evidence suggesting that UNM’s Health Sciences Center had violated both state and federal laws through its relationship with Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO), a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque.

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The Select Panel forwarded criminal referrals based on its findings to relevant officials, including New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, to request further investigation and potential legal action.

“Section 289g-2 requires safeguards be in place, including a concern that too close a relationship might be formed between an abortion clinic and researchers,” wrote Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chair of the Select Panel. “Through its investigation, the Panel has discovered that personnel within UNM’s hospital and medical school have aggressively engaged in expanding abortion in New Mexico through the offices, personnel, and resources of UNM.”

According to LifeNews, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd recently responded to follow-up inquiries sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, confirming that “the Department takes these referrals seriously” and “has brought each of these referrals to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for review and any appropriate follow-up action.”

Boyd further confirmed that the FBI had received the information and passed it along to the relevant field offices, but said Department policy forbade him from disclosing any specific information pertaining to matters “which may or may not be under investigation.”

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Pearce, who has been involved in the UNM controversy from the beginning, applauded the FBI and DOJ in a statement on his website, noting that they are the first agencies to have taken any action on the matter.

“After violations were unearthed between the University of New Mexico Health Center and the Southwestern Women’s Options, the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas took no action

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College closes terrorist art exhibit after receiving threat

John Jay College of Criminal Justice says a threat made via Snapchat has led it to shut down its controversial exhibit of artworks created by current and former Guantánamo Bay detainees.

News of the display provoked public outrage from some families of 9/11 victims, and eventually attracted attention from the U.S. Department of Defense, which expressed concerns that it did not know where proceeds from sales of the art might be going.

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In an email sent Sunday that was obtained by The New York Post, Director of Public Safety Diego Redondo told faculty and staff that "there is no direct credible threat to the College at this point in time,” but advised anyone with “information or concerns relating to this” to contact the Department of Public Safety.

Redondo noted that “the threat was not definitive in terms of whether it was directed at John Jay College or John Jay High School in Brooklyn,” but a faculty member who forwarded the message to the Post pointed out that the threat “comes on the heels of controversy over the Guantanamo Bay art exhibit,” and is therefore “of concern” to the college.

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Out of “an abundance of caution,” the email stated that Public Safety had decided to close the President’s Gallery, the 9/11 Memorial Hall, and the Shiva Gallery as of Monday, adding that the school would also be posting additional security at the entrances to campus, supplemented by an increased presence by the New York Police Department.

The free exhibit—“Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay”—featured thirty-six paintings and sculptures, and was originally scheduled to remain open until January 28, 2018.

The school announced on Twitter Tuesday that all three public galleries would be re-opened as of Wednesday. Campus Reform has reached out to John Jay for additional details, but has not yet received a response.

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College adviser facing charges for disrupting Wintrich event

A Quinebaug Valley Community College adviser faces charges of sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct for stealing the property of conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich during a recent lecture.

Wintrich, on the other hand, who faced a charge of breaching the peace for forcibly attempting to recover the copy of his speech that was stolen by Catherine Gregory, announced Monday that he was cleared of all of charges.

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“Justice prevailed. After my speech was shut down by radicals, Catherine Gregory attempted to steal the only hard copy of my speech,” Wintrich, a White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, wrote in a statement. “In an ironic twist of fate, I was briefly arrested while recovering it. Today, Gregory was arrested and charged and all charges against me were dismissed by the state.”

In a video that has since gone viral, Gregory is shown stealing the speech of off the podium from which Wintrich was attempting to speak over rowdy student protesters, leading Wintrich to attempt to retrieve his property himself.

Two days after the November 28 incident, Gregory’s employer released a statement confirming her affiliation with the college, saying she “attended on her personal time.”

“The college does not condone the behavior and encourages peaceful discourse and compassionate debate. The employee attended the event as a private citizen,” President Carlee Drummer remarked.

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When reached for comment Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Quinebaug Valley Community College informed Campus Reform that it has no statement at this time, nor any update on Gregory’s status at the institution.

According to The Hartford Courant, however, a police arrest affidavit indicates that Gregory is on leave from her job.

Notably, while Gregory is an employee of QVCC, the altercation with Wintrich took place at the nearby University of Connecticut.

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