College Professor Uses N-Word to Make a Point About Her ‘White Privelege’–Guess How Some of Her PC Students Responded
Kathryn Blackhurst, The Blaze, March 4, 2016
Dr. Andrea Quenette, an assistant communications professor at the University of Kansas, has been taken off a semester of teaching following a months-long investigation conducted by the university into her alleged offenses against political correctness and racial sensitivity.
Quenette, who is white, allegedly was placed on academic leave after some of her students refused to return to her class following a Nov. 12, 2015, class discussion concerning “white privilege,” according to the Daily Beast.
During the course of the conversation, Quenette, in an attempt to admit her lack of knowledge concerning racism, allegedly stated, “As a white woman I just never have seen the racism . . . It’s not like I see ‘N**ger’ spray painted on walls . . .”
But in addition to the n-word incident, the outraged students included another example of Quenette’s behavior that they found to be particularly offensive, recounting what happened after Ph.D. student Ian Beier presented evidence about how low retention and graduation rates amongst black students reflect racist attitudes and a lack of institutional support.
“Dr. Quenette responded with, ‘Those students are not leaving school because they are physically threatened everyday but because of academic performance,’” the open letter stated, adding, “This statement reinforces several negative ideas: that violence against students of color is only physical, that students of color are less academically inclined and able, and that structural and institutional cultures, policies, and support systems have no role in shaping academic outcomes. Dr. Quenette’s discourse was uncomfortable, unhelpful, and blatantly discriminatory.”
After listing several other offenses allegedly committed by the professor, her students called for Quenette’s immediate termination from the University of Kansas and its Department of Communication Studies.