A Few Things I Think We Should Learn From MCTC’s Attack on Professor Shannon Gibney

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As many who are within this network are aware and many I’m sure who are not, Shannon Gibney, a Professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), recently received a formal reprimand from the institution.

 The reprimand was due to the discomfort of two white male students who said they were being personally attacked while Professor Gibney led a discussion about structural racism in her political science and communications course.  These very students interrupted Professor Gibney during the discussion, expressing that it was upsetting to them that it was being discussed at all.   MCTC went so far as to identify Professor Gibney’s conduct in the class as a violation of the Non-Discrimination Policy and she was directed to meet twice with the Chief Diversity Officer to learn how to be more welcoming to people of  all backgrounds.

 It is an outrage, albeit not…

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