Posted on May 31, 2023

Psychologist Wants to ‘Expose and Shame’ Professors Giving Black Students Lower Grades Than Whites

Hannah Grossman, Fox News, May 30, 2023

One of the “world’s most influential psychologists” called for an equity audit of all professors in universities in order to ensure that grades were distributed evenly among racial groups in any given course in an article published in Psychology Today.

Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., is one of the world’s most influential and most cited psychologists with expertise in “human morality,” according to his biography. {snip}

“I say this not only to address this social problem of justice but also to alert my many friends in academia to get ahead of the curve on this,” he said on May 10.

He argued colleges can use a supposedly “objective” measure to detect racism by comparing grades of Blacks and Whites which would determine if “a professor has routinely given higher grades to White students than Black students.”


Baumeister also argued the information showing systemic racism should be publicized and would, in effect, shame professors into becoming anti-racist.

[T]he anti-racist bureaucracy may pounce,” he said about the data that would be uncovered. It would also help Black students avoid supposedly “racist” professors.

“If you are a racist professor reading this, I have no sympathy for you. I hope the coming round of publicity will expose you and shame you into reforming your practices to stop oppressing innocent young people.”

“The argument for publicizing such data is compelling. If we believe in systemic racism, we must do what we can to enable young African-American students to make their way through this hostile environment. {snip}”