A 'White Racism' class was started in a Florida university, and police had to be on standby

Campus police officers were deployed to watch over the first meeting of the professor's class at Florida Gulf Coast University after he received many disturbing and threatening emails and voicemails.

A 'White Racism' class was started in a Florida university, and police had to be on standby

A "White Racism" course was started by a sociology professor in Florida on Tuesday, but unlike any other regular courses, police officials had to stand guard near the class, reports state.

At least two campus police officers were deployed to watch over the first meeting of the professor's class at Florida Gulf Coast University after he received many disturbing and threatening emails and voicemails.

Assistant Professor Ted Thornhill said that he sent the police at the university almost 50 pages of negative comments which he received. He added that the documents did not include the "thousands and thousands" of comments saying "unspeakable" things on social media, a News-Press report said.

Assistant Professor Ted Thornhill (Twitter)

The professor said that the comments on social media included "all types of vile statements" and some people also wished "ill will toward me and my family, referring to me with racial epithets," CBS affiliate WINK.

"Cancer (Stage 4) is what you and your family deserve for spreading hate, lies & intolerance," one email reportedly said.



Thornhill, however, said that he will not back down from his proposed course as he believes that it needs to be taught to the students, especially in the current scenario.

"The course needs to be taught, and so, that's what's going to happen," he told the station. "It's a legitimate course."

Professor Thornhill (Twitter)

The university students — during the period of the course — will read “important scholarship” to “gain a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of race, white racism, racial inequality, and white supremacy,” in addition to challenging “widely and adamantly held, but empirically unsubstantiated myths about racial matters in the U.S.,” Thornhill added.

A senior student at the university, Brittani Anderson, said that she believes the course was also pertinent because of the recent incidents on campus.  



"I think it's important we talk about these issues, especially because we've had these issues on campus," Anderson said. "I think the name is a little controversial, but take the class and see what it's about before you judge it," she told WINK.

 Florida Gulf Coast University (fgcu.edu)

According to the description of the course, the class will discuss varied ways to challenge white supremacy and examine ideologies, laws, policies, and practices in this country that have allowed "white racial domination over those racialized as non-white."

FGCU spokesperson and chief of staff Susan Evans said that the university expects "normal campus civility" in association with the course, but also added that the institution is "prepared for any possible distractions."

 



 

 

"We have prepared for any possible distractions related to Tuesday's first class of the White Racism course, but we are expecting normal campus civility as our students engage in this and other courses at the spring semester's start," Evans said.

 

 

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