A professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is reportedly on leave after he refused to give black students special treatment in their final exams.
“Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian?” Klein continued. “What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half?”
Asking if any students in the class were from Minneapolis, Klein said he assumed that “they probably are especially devastated as well,” especially if they’re white, because “some might think that they’re racist even if they are not.”
“One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the ‘color of their skin,’” he continued, citing the monumental “I Have a Dream” speech. “Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”
“Respect and equality for all are core principles at UCLA Anderson,” read the statement. “We apologize to the student who received it and to all those who have been as upset and offended by it as we are ourselves.”
Earlier this month, the University of Washington (UW) has agreed to students’ demands, encouraging professors to relax final exam policies for black students who are “too busy fighting for their rights to sit down and study.”
At UW, instructors have been asked to be “especially responsive” to the needs of students, particularly those from the black community, and provide them with accommodations such as extra time to finish assignments or a “final examination optional” approach.