It seems that no one is safe from the mob. If anyone fails to bend to the demands of social justice warriors, sign a petition to get that individual fired. No ifs. No buts.
UCLA Andersen School of Management Professor Gordon Klein recently sent an email to one of his students concerning making accommodations in light of recent events in Minneapolis. It read:
“Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota. Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we’ve been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they probably are especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might be possibly even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not. My TA is from Minneapolis, so if you don’t know, I can probably ask her. Can you guide me on how you think I should achieve a “no-harm” outcome since our sole course grade is from a final exam only? One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the “colour of their skin.” Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”
No doubt many of the 20,700 that have signed the petition have zero to do with UCLA, the professor involved or accounting. It is a mindless action where most signatories do not bother to even read the context of what the petition is about. Faux outrage at its finest. Jump on a cause to appear woke. Ruin the life of someone they don’t even know for the sake of raking in virtue signalling points.
The cancel culture is sinister.
In accounting, the point of the subject is all about getting answers correct unlike other courses such as behavioural economics or liberal studies which rely on a certain amount of flexibility in response.
Is it fair to expect a professor wants to grade students appropriately based on the rigour of their exam work because that is a reflection on his/her reputation as an educator? Imagine if Klein was teaching cardiology? Would we as a public accept special treatment which passed a failing student? What if it was you on the operating table and that student failed the very procedure you were requiring? We guess you may not be around to complain.
Universities often offer “special consideration” to students who might have an illness or other extenuating circumstances e.g. death in the family. Why not let those students from whatever racial background who may have been impacted by Minneapolis in whatever capacity individually make the claim to the university to assist (i.e. through the correct procedure) instead of having someone make it on their behalf?
The students who identified themselves as ‘nonblack allies of their black classmates‘ told Klein their request was to get him to “exercise compassion and leniency with black students in our major.” Do these students not realise that in their attempts to stomp out racism and ramp up equality they are doing the exact thing they claim they are not?
The petition included the comment, “We, the students, refuse to support Gordon Klein any further and demand to see his employment terminated as soon as possible.”
UCLA student Preet Bains, who started the petition revealed the true motive when he said that Klein “really undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.”
What did the university do? It suspended the professor.
Why just Klein? If the university was consistent it should stand down any professor or lecturer who believes that students aren’t entitled to special treatment. Why hasn’t it immediately demanded each teacher openly declare their allegiance to BLM and post it to their UCLA web profile so students can start petitions to demand the sacking of those who fail to comply too?
Something tells us poor parenting might be an issue here to allow such egregious self-entitlement. Shame on the university for not standing up for ethics, for negligence in not appropriately defending one of its faculty members based on evidence and failing to advertise the correct procedure with respect to special consideration. Instead, it has folded in front of the mob. It seems like the students are running that asylum. If they succeed with Klein, what precedent will that set?
Perhaps prospective employers should take into special consideration those students that have publicly signed the petition to fire Klein as a good indicator of their team spirit inside a workplace. The cancel culture should not operate in one direction. Shouldn’t those that seek to set the standards live by the very rules they set for everyone else?