Shannon Gibney controversy: Petition accuses MCTC of "institutional racism"

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The petition criticizes MCTC for reprimanding Gibney (right) and thereby shielding white students from tough discussions about racism in American society.
A petition put together by two New York City professors accuses MCTC administrators of committing "institutional racism" by formally reprimanding Shannon Gibney for alienating a group of white students with the way she approached a discussion about structural racism during her Intro to Mass Communications class this semester.

SEE ALSO: Shannon Gibney, MCTC prof, also took heat for structural racism comments in 2009

The reprimand "constitutes an instance of institutional discrimination that silences discussion of important social issues within the context of higher education, creates a culture of fear amongst the faculty, dissuading their teaching [from] subjects touching racism at MCTC in the future, and, most importantly, disserves the interests of student enrichment, student learning and student preparedness," says the petition, written by New York Law School professor Chaumtoli Huq and Kingsborough Community College prof Maureen Reprecht Fadem.

"If we parrot the discourse of white privilege by shaming and silencing minority faculty trying to educate students on dynamics of race, we are failing in our roles as educators and administrators," they continue. "Certainly such discussions are complex and often charged; but, just as certainly, academic institutions, if we are to graduate individuals who are culturally aware critical thinkers fit to become future leaders, must permit such discussions and such curricula."

Huq and Ruprecht Fadem call on MCTC administrators to "reexamine their response, both to Gibney and to the complaining students, and demonstrate principled leadership."

To read the entire petition, click to page two:


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Curtis Boettjer
Curtis Boettjer

Straight white male here. Sorry for teabagging all non-white, non-straight non-males for the last 400 years or so. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but in retrospect, its been a few centuries of non-stop assholery and hypocrisy. But maybe someday, we can let bygones be bygones. Hugs xoxoxoxo

haha
haha

don't everybody know that a white guy at mctc is practically a black guy anyway? 

Rose Karner
Rose Karner

I had a guy in a womens study class at MCTC who was always playing devils advocate. I'm one for discussion but that guy clearly crossed some boundaries.

Deborah Dopp
Deborah Dopp

Wow. Do these white males do this in Women's Studies classes too? Or doesn't MCTC have sociology classes anymore.

jonmpls
jonmpls

It's so nice that those professors, who don't understand the situation, haven't been to MCTC, and don't know anyone involved, automatically jump to the conclusion that anyone alleging racism is undoubtedly in the right. Think, people.

Lonnie Otten
Lonnie Otten

I agree as well, this went way to far and we need to deal with uncomfortablness with inside of our selves when tough subjects come up like this. We are all Adults here, people understand your own feelings before you attack others please.

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

i do however feel like the ADMINISTRATION should have been the "adult" in this situation and done a better job of resolving the issue. now they are paying the price...shame

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

i've been waiting to hear other perspectives from those who saw the incident occur. thank you.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

I had an English class with her, & while she is a great teacher, I did feel uncomfortable at times. It was kind of tough being a straight white male, but hey, straight white men have all but ruined pretty much everything

LaughingAtLibtards
LaughingAtLibtards

 What a bunch of white-guilter libtard "progressive" horse shit.  I hope you get robbed again today, Aaron!  Enjoy the logical end-results of your constant libtard propaganda!  LOL

Lonnie Otten
Lonnie Otten

I was in that class that day, and I feel it was messed up that those students had to go as far as bring it to the news, wow, we are all adults and should of been able to talk one on one about this if they felt attacked, I am all for the teacher, she was just trying to explain things. I hope this dose not shut teachers up from teaching us!

Julie Kapitan
Julie Kapitan

I'm sure all the white folks understand that other folks have done and do heinous shit to people of different cultures and different color everyday. But, let us also be reminded there are assholes in any group of people. When I was harassed on the train by a certain group I didn't use that as a learning tool to explain to my students they should hate or look down on that group. We ALL know lady!

Laura Katz
Laura Katz

I had similar experiences with another instructor at MCTC in 2009. I tried to remind myself of the importance of hearing differing viewpoints, rather than take the comments made by the teacher offensively. With that said and while it is hard for me to defend MCTC based on some of my experiences there, the comments that were directed at my class (again, by a different instructor) were very inappropriate and tactless and deserve to be reprimanded. Instructors verbally attacking students and making them scared to come to class should never be acceptable, no matter the circumstances.

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

perhaps if you don't go around telling students that their very existence is oppressive and racist there wouldn't be a problem.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The words ‘structural’ or ‘institutional’ are nothing more than an attempt to blame an entire class of people.The letter from the prof’s in NY, was nothing more than more of the same garbage that Gibney was dishing up.These women clearly state that they know nothing about this incident – however it’s a great segway for them to vomit their thinly veiled hatred.Listen to the words of their letter:diverse, discrimination, underrepresented, institutional and structural racism, critical race theory, minority citizens, social injustice, dominant culture, structurally "underprivileged" minority groups.

The prof’s continue: “If we parrot the discourse of white privilege by shaming and silencing minority faculty trying to educate students on dynamics of race”.Understand none of this is a fact – but rather an opinion of a teacher with an axe to grind.There is no education with Gibney’s statements, how many times do you want to sit in class and hear an ‘opinion’, which has very little or nothing to do with the intent of the class?

In essence, these women are doing exactly the opposite of what they espouse:‘structural racism’.You see, the group of ‘WHITE MEN’ are responsible for this structural racism.That’s not even good enough for these women, so they need to invent another term:‘white privilege’.In this way they can blame all white people – even those in Europe, Russia, Turkey, etc.

These women need to decide exactly how much melanin you have to have in order to be oppressed.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

It's not 'messed up' - those students went to the administration - which is their perfect right.  

Look at the Profs in this article who keep whining and complaining about a myriad of exaggerated and overblown issues - these folks seem to be always going to HR, the press, etc.

You say "she's just trying to explain things" - from the article it sounds like she repeatedly gave her OPINION - that is not teaching - that's just using her power as a teacher to spew a warped point of view.

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