Woke University of Chicago professor postpones class called ‘The Problem of WHITENESS’ after it was branded racist by conservative critics
- A teacher at the University of Chicago, Rebecca Journey, has postponed her class entitled ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ after receiving death threats
- A campaign of abuse against her started after Daniel Schmidt, a sophomore posted about the course on Twitter together with a screenshot of Journey’s bio
- Journey said that Schmidt ‘deliberately misrepresented’ her course in order to stoke up white grievance on social media platforms
- She says she now intends to teach the course in the spring once the university have put together a ‘safety plan’ together for her and students in her class
A University of Chicago teacher has been forced to postpone a class called ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ after she received death threats.
Rebecca Journey was set to teach the woke class, where students would ‘analyze whiteness as a social construct.’
She dismissed claims that the session would stoke ‘anti-white hatred’ calling the criticism ‘disingenuous’.
But outraged students called the class the most ‘egregious example’ of anti-white hated on the college campus.
Journey was forced to push the class back to next spring in order to give officials at the teaching institution time to come up with a safety plan for both her and the students.
‘The class is emphatically not about ‘the problem with white people,’ Journey told the Chicago Sun Times.
‘The class approaches whiteness as a problem in the philosophical sense of an open question … [with] whiteness as an object of critical inquiry.’
Despite her explanation, she has been accused of ‘anti-white’ racism and subjected to racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic attacks in her inbox and on a Twitter thread about the class.
Woke University of Chicago teacher, Rebecca Journey, has been forced to postpone her class on ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ after she received racist, misogynistic and antisemitic attacks
‘I want to stress that these attacks are the direct consequence of this student’s targeted cyberbullying campaign,’ Journey said.
‘This was a malicious attack not just on me as a teacher but on anti-racist pedagogy writ large.’
The torrent of abuse came after a student at the same university where she teaches set up an online campaign to have the class shelved.
Daniel Schmidt, who is a sophomore, posted about the course on Twitter together with a screenshot of Journey’s bio and her university email address.
On his Twitter profile he describes himself as someone ‘exposing insanity at an elite university’ and a ‘right-wing college activist’.
Journey said that Schmidt ‘deliberately misrepresented’ her course in order to stoke up white grievance on social media platforms.
Daniel Schmidt who is a sophomore posted about the course on Twitter
Schmidt posted a screenshot of Journey’s bio and her university email address after which the abuse against her started
Schmidt has now defended himself against claims he is a cyberbully.
‘I never once called for cyberbullying or attacks on this professor. This is deliberate smearing designed to scare me away from calling out blatant anti-white hatred. I won’t stop,’ he tweeted.
While noting how she is grateful for the support of the university, Journey has said she would like to see the school publicly condemn Schmidt’s actions
‘A crucial aspect of academic freedom is the ability of instructors to design courses and curricula, including those that foster debate and may lead to disagreement,’ Amanda Woodward, dean of the division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, wrote.
‘While differences of opinion over course material may arise, the University does not cancel classes because of such differences, and the University defends the freedom of instructors to teach any course that has been developed through our faculty-led curricular processes, including courses that may be controversial.’
Journey remains steadfast in her plans to teach the class and had stipulated that she will not be changing the title.
‘I am absolutely moving forward with the class as planned. We can’t let cyberterrorists win.’
‘The University defends the freedom of instructors to teach any course that has been developed through our faculty-led curricular processes, including courses that may be controversial,’ a statement from the University of Chicago read