Posted on January 9, 2018

Police to Guard FGCU ‘White Racism’ Course

Emily Ford, WINK, January 9, 2018

The controversial “White Racism” class at Florida Gulf Coast University is set to begin Tuesday morning.

The brand new course has sparked controversy since it was first announced back in November. People from coast-to-coast have reacted to professor Dr. Ted Thornhill’s brand new course.

“Individuals started posting on the comment section and on social media, all types of vile statements,” Thornhill said. “Wishing ill will toward me and my family, referring to me with racial epithets.”


“The course needs to be taught, and so, that’s what’s going to happen,” Thornhill said. “It’s a legitimate course.”

Yet, students still believe the course title should be changed.


Thornhill says FGCU plans to have uniformed police officers outside the classroom as a precaution.

“I, along with others, thought it was a prudent decision given the nature of some of the things that were said online and directed toward me, as well as a couple of students who were enrolled in the course expressed concern about issues of safety and security,” Thornhill said.


Ted Thornhill, Ph..D. (sociology)