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College accuses black professor of racial harassment against white students
campusreform.org ^ | 12-2-2013 | Katherine Timpf

Posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:18 PM PST by servo1969

A Minnesota college's administration issued a formal reprimand to a female black professor last month accusing her of creating a "hostile learning environment" for white male students, Campus Reform recently learned.

Three white male students filed a racial harassment discrimination complaint against the professor claiming a discussion on structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication class made them feel uncomfortable.

"It was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class," states the letter from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Bollman, according to an article in The Raw Story.

"Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment," it continues. "For that reason, I have determined that a reprimand is warranted."

The professor, Shannon Gibney, said she was talking about structural racism when one white male student got upset and asked "Why do we have to talk about this in every class?" and another asked "It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”

"He was taking it personally," she said in an interview with City College Air, a student media source. "I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

She told the students that if they were still offended they should "go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.”

The two students — along with another white male — did just that.

The reprimand will remain in Gibney's permanent file, and she will also have to attend two appointments with the school's executive director of diversity.

The incident was not the first of its kind for Gibney. She was also reprimanded in 2009 after allegedly singling out white male students on the school newspaper staff for not doing enough to eliminate bias from the organization, according to an article in Minneapolis City Pages, a local news source.

The reprimand for this incident was also formal, according to The Raw Story.

Gibney and six other professors are filing a class action lawsuit against MCTC, alleging that it is a discriminatory workplace.

Editor's Update: The Minneapolis Community and Technical College administration released this statement in response to enquiries Monday night.

“At Minneapolis Community and Technical College we believe it is essential for our students to understand issues of race, class and power, and we encourage the faculty to actively engage students in respectful discussions about these topics and create an atmosphere in which students may ask questions as an important part of the classroom experience. That’s how we learn. As a diverse college we want to ensure that students, faculty and staff from all cultures and backgrounds feel welcomed and have an appropriate learning environment. We train our employees to ensure that these critical conversations around issues of diversity are constructive and lead to understanding."


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KEYWORDS: minneapolis; minnesota; race; racism; shannongibney
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A month old but a search says it hasn't been posted here and I couldn't resist.

Teacher: If you think I'm being racist then report me!

Students: Okie Dokie.

1 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:18 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Not even going to read this.

Must be /S


2 posted on 01/04/2014 4:21:19 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: servo1969

But my leftist profs always taught me that blacks cannot be racists.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 4:23:54 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: servo1969

“I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

STFU.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 4:24:27 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: servo1969

It’s sad that it’s come to this. In a perfect world we’d be able to simply laugh in her face and tell her to take her harebrained ideas and stick them where the Sun doesn’t shine.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 4:28:58 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: servo1969

The bi*ch should have been fired, NOT “reprimanded.”


6 posted on 01/04/2014 4:29:39 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: vladimir998

She tried to explain in as reasonable manner as she could? And she complains that she was put on the spot in class?

We’re supposed to feel sorry for her because she was put on the spot? Shouldn’t anyone be able to defend their actions and positions on an issue, without complaining about being put on the spot????

And this is the context of 21st century America??? So, when it comes to racial issues, the America of 2014 is no different than the Jim Crow South of the 1930s???? Really?????


7 posted on 01/04/2014 4:31:03 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Edward Teach

What is that line? Oh yes, payback is a bitch.

The left will not stop their tactics UNTIL they are being used against them. Until that point they will constantly accuse us of doing what they do; but once we do do what they do they freak out!

I say we try election fraud next; we’ll get photo ID in a hurry that way.


8 posted on 01/04/2014 4:31:46 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: servo1969
Why doe she only have to go to 2 appointments with a fellow Traveller?

Why not the 6 weeks of Sensitivity and Diversity classes that Whitey always gets?

9 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:28 PM PST by digger48
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To: Edward Teach
In a perfect world we’d be able to simply laugh in her face and tell her to take her harebrained ideas and stick them where the Sun doesn’t shine.

I must live in a perfect world, because that's exactly what I'd do.

/johnny

10 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:31 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: servo1969

Not sure if we should be more upset about the instructor, or the fact that the college as an ‘executive director of diversity’...

just sayin’


11 posted on 01/04/2014 4:34:28 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: servo1969
"I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

Translation: "The fact that a white student interrupted a black professor talking about racism is itself racist."

And why do I suspect that the two meetings with the diversity coordinator will involve drinks and high-fives?
12 posted on 01/04/2014 4:39:31 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: servo1969

This is the Onion?


13 posted on 01/04/2014 4:40:48 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: servo1969

14 posted on 01/04/2014 4:42:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: servo1969

Whatever the teacher is, the three students who complained are wimps.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 4:43:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: digger48

“Why doe she only have to go to 2 appointments with a fellow Traveller?

Why not the 6 weeks of Sensitivity and Diversity classes that Whitey always gets?”

She’s not going for re-education. She’s just going to get her talking points updated.


16 posted on 01/04/2014 4:43:41 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: nickcarraway

The willingness to keep turning the other cheek and doing nothing about it is how they are able to carry on doing it.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 4:47:54 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: servo1969
The incident was not the first of its kind for Gibney. She was also reprimanded in 2009 after allegedly singling out white male students on the school newspaper staff for not doing enough to eliminate bias from the organization, according to an article in Minneapolis City Pages, a local news source.

Should have picked her sorry @ss up and thrown it out the door. That would have gone a ways to eliminate bias from the organization.

18 posted on 01/04/2014 4:54:26 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: servo1969
"she will also have to attend two appointments with the school's executive director of diversity"

Oh man...

19 posted on 01/04/2014 4:55:29 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: MV=PY

It would be interesting to know who this “ executive director” is.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 4:57:11 PM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

True, but a formal reprimand that has been made public is a good start. Kudos to the students who filed the complaints.
If they are harassed for filing the complaint, they most likely will take it to higher levels.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 4:58:50 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: LostInBayport
tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

Translation: I am here because of affirmative action. "They", said if I just need to spout what was in this book. No one should expect me to be able to back up my arguments!

22 posted on 01/04/2014 4:59:29 PM PST by defconw (Cibco's my spouse)
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To: digger48

If there was any symmetry to these reprimands she would already be mailing her resumes to prospective employers, and the first such reprimand would have required she meet for ten weeks with the Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan in order to become sensitive to his perspective.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 5:00:51 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: MV=PY

24 posted on 01/04/2014 5:02:20 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t agree in the least. The ordinary course of things is to keep your head down because you can’t afford to have a racist professor fail you. These kids are courageous and we need more like them.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 5:04:47 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: servo1969

The two students — along with another white male — did just that.

Yeah, they undoubtedly got her on video talking her trash otherwise EvilStupidHonkies would be ignored.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 5:06:40 PM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: murrie
"It would be interesting to know who this “ executive director” is."

Executive Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism Whitney Harris (scroll down on the page)


27 posted on 01/04/2014 5:07:08 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: FredZarguna

They can’t be men? They have to whine about everything?


28 posted on 01/04/2014 5:17:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: servo1969

“”we believe it is essential for our students to understand issues of race, class and power””

Man - I don’t even understand what they’re talking about. From whose standpoint and WHAT/WHOSE power? Sure glad I’m not a college student today. College students of today don’t even have the ability to think for themselves or they wouldn’t put themselves in this position to begin with. Who wants to sit in a classroom listening to a bunch of double talk? Go get an apprenticeship somewhere, learn something and make yourself useful, for crying out loud!


29 posted on 01/04/2014 5:20:31 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Dilbert San Diego

You forget. Liberal College professors are not supposed to be contradicted or challenged - especially by white men. The backlash is coming. I think more and more people are simply fed up with these left wing a-holes.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 5:24:11 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: servo1969

Another moron lefty feeding at the public trough. Being that this is a public, tax payer supported community college.

Its all about getting paid!!! By the man!


31 posted on 01/04/2014 5:30:06 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: servo1969

She should face the same penalty as a racist white teacher - FIRE HER BUTT!!! Cut the crap with the warning. Its meaningless.


32 posted on 01/04/2014 5:31:24 PM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: servo1969
...as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class ...

Well...that should NEVER happen in an academic setting.   </sarcasm>

33 posted on 01/04/2014 5:37:08 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Proportionally, Ft. Hood is to Ft. Worth as Washington Navy Yard is to Arlington, VA.)
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To: servo1969

‘I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class ‘

This is college. Not fifth grade put the condom on the cucumber human sexuality class.

This professor’s education and experience should have allowed her to handle this situation which is why she was the Professor.

Maybe pushing her racial agenda was that important.


34 posted on 01/04/2014 5:38:03 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: servo1969
"I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — ... — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

In Minnesota the odds are that most of her white male students are descendants of Union soldier veterans of the Civil War. There is some context for this dumb broad.

35 posted on 01/04/2014 5:46:39 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: nickcarraway
They have to whine about everything?

Please detail 'everything' they've been whining about.

36 posted on 01/04/2014 5:50:00 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Proportionally, Ft. Hood is to Ft. Worth as Washington Navy Yard is to Arlington, VA.)
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To: servo1969
"I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”

No, 'professor', what it is, is the context of your pathetic racist mind.

37 posted on 01/04/2014 5:54:36 PM PST by kanawa
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To: nickcarraway
Whatever the teacher is, the three students who complained are wimps.

I dunno...it sounds to me like they hoisted her on her own petard.

38 posted on 01/04/2014 6:10:34 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: logic101.net

> I say we try election fraud next; we’ll get photo ID in a hurry that way

And when “our guy” gets elected and they say its election fraud it’s our turn to say they’re just being racist.


39 posted on 01/04/2014 6:13:51 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: servo1969

White is the new n*****.


40 posted on 01/04/2014 6:15:35 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: MV=PY

his responsibilities at MCTC include managing the Educational Equity Task Force, developing a menu of diversity training and guiding changes in college policies, practices and culture that support MCTC’s goal of achieving educational equity.

This sounds rich. Uh huh. He is there to make sure everyone gets their mind right.


41 posted on 01/04/2014 6:20:30 PM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: servo1969

lol


42 posted on 01/04/2014 6:45:24 PM PST by goat granny
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To: bkopto

thats just their opinion, we all know it is also a lie.


43 posted on 01/04/2014 7:21:32 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Maine Mariner

its about time white men start getting in their faces, just like obama told “his people” to get in their faces.College kids today get their info. from other than the MSM and leftist on TV every sunday morning..they are starting to grow a pair...:O)


44 posted on 01/04/2014 7:25:29 PM PST by goat granny
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To: servo1969

I am glad the students did this. Unfortunately she probably has tenure and will never be fired.


45 posted on 01/04/2014 7:46:37 PM PST by Nifster
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To: goat granny
its about time white men start getting in their faces

I agree. Good for those three white males. This is never going to stop as long as we all just shut up and cringe and cower. We have to stand up to these racist bullies.

46 posted on 01/04/2014 7:59:05 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: Nifster

I doubt it. Her title is merely “faculty” and she only has an MA.

http://ww2.minneapolis.edu/index.cfm/directory.detail/tid/8EDF5A1E9D67A696297A22994EBB9662


47 posted on 01/04/2014 8:03:20 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

community colleges have tenured folks… and they only require a MA because it is a two year school (considered transitional to a four year school)


48 posted on 01/04/2014 8:11:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: FreedomPoster

but either way she should be Ward Churchilled out the door


49 posted on 01/04/2014 8:12:25 PM PST by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

What exactly do you think their recourse was? Punching her in the mouth?


50 posted on 01/04/2014 8:28:54 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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