Gordon Klein, an American professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, was removed from her job after writing a letter refusing to simplify black exams. It is reported by The Daily Mail.
It is known that Professor Klein taught accounting for 39 years. After the death of black guard George Floyd, some “black non-black allies” sent him a letter asking for special treatment of blacks when posting final grades in an online course. As a justification, the argument was made that some of the students began to engage in street activism.
It is noted that Klein refused to make concessions that would allow “without harm to health” to pass the final exam on the course. In particular, he was asked to simplify exams or extend the deadlines for qualification work. He defended his position with the words of the leader of the civil rights movement of blacks Martin Luther King, who called for abandoning a special treatment of people by color. In addition, the teacher in his response letter indicated that on the Internet he did not even know which of his students was black. “What if the student is of mixed origin, for example, half African American, half Asian? (…) Full indulgence or only half? ” He wrote.
After that, the students posted the correspondence in the public domain and created a petition demanding that the university leadership dismiss Klein. It refers to “an extremely insensitive, dismissive and regrettable racist response to the request of their students for sympathy and compassion during civil unrest.” The appeal was signed by about 20 thousand people. As a result, the university temporarily suspended the teacher from work for three weeks for “mocking writing.” It is noted that the teacher began to receive threats, the police took control of his house.
Earlier it was reported that in the American city of Richmond (Virginia), protesters demolished the monument to Christopher Columbus because of the death of Floyd. In place of the statue, the demonstrators put a sign with the inscription “Columbus represents genocide.”