UCLA Professor Gordon Klein has been suspended by the university for refusing to let black students in his accounting class skip their final exams in the wake of George Floyd’s death. If you’re thinking to yourself, what the hell does one thing have to do with the other, you probably aren’t alone. But apparently Klein’s decision to hold his students accountable for their schoolwork amounts to white supremacy and bigotry, because now Klein is sitting at home (under police protection!) for daring to be so damn privileged and insensitive.
Antonio Bernardo, the dean of UCLA’s School of Management, sent out an apologetic email to students, explaining that Klein’s behavior was “troubling” and that students will have extra time to finish their exams, given the “difficult circumstances.”
The difficult circumstances of something happening in a state far away that actually has no immediate relevance to anyone in the class.
According to Inside Higher Ed, a student in Klein’s class asked the professor for a “no-harm” final exam, which we assume means that you can flunk the test and it will have no impact on your grade. The student insisted that carrying forward with normal exams put black students “in a position where we must choose between actively supporting our black classmates or focusing on finishing up our spring quarter.”
Well, life is full of those kinds of choices. College is supposed to prepare you for the real world, is it not? Can you get your boss suspended or fired if he doesn’t let you skip out on work to go join a protest?
Klein responded to the student with a pretty compassionate tone, as far as we can tell.
“Do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they probably are especially devastated as well,” Klein replied. “I am thinking that a white student from there might possibly be even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not.”
Klein then noted that he had no way of telling which students in the class were black, seeing as how the class is an online course.
“One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the ‘color of their skin,’” Klein added. “Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”
Oh, we see it now. Klein is still operating on that old MLK software. He doesn’t understand that today’s social justice warriors actually think it is racist to be “colorblind.” Yes, yes, today a person’s race (or gender, or gender identity, etc.) is the thing that matters most about that individual. UCLA will probably have to subject this professor to some modern “critical race theory” so that he can return to the classroom with the brainwashing one needs to be successful in today’s academic environment.
The left has long insisted that America isn’t a “great” country at all. And man, they are well on their way to making themselves right.