Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are those of the author, and in no way represent the opinions of Butler University.
Recently an article was published on the website The College Fix attacking a professor in the Political Science department of Butler. It’s been the talk of the town among students and professors. This blog post is committed to understanding and critiquing each side of the polemic situation.
The Student’s Side:
I’ve been in the class where the white male’s are attacked relentlessly on all sides. It isn’t fun, and in my (obviously unbiased) opinion is misguided at times. Of course it comes from a good place of protecting the female and minority racial portions of our society from centuries of a societal inequality that is ingrained in all of us to some extent. However, when the protecting turns into attack, it becomes an eye-for-an-eye situation that leaves no one satisfied or more understanding for it. If the student perceived this was the atmosphere of the class, he was right in being upset.
The Professor’s Side:
Judging by the discrepancies in the article’s title and the actual words used in the syllabus, the situation is being blown out of proportion. The article pronounces to the virtual heavens that students are “told to disavow ‘American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality.'” “Disavow” was a well chosen verb that paints the picture of a demanding view point imposed upon the students and is meant to incite anger in readers. The actual quote asks the students “to write and speak in a way that does not assume American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status, etc. to be the norm.” Nothing is an attack in this statement, and rather reasonable for a political science class.
See my analysis of the situation HERE.