There’s a difference between a professor being opinionated in class and teaching racism to students. Unfortunately, that line is sometimes crossed.
I sat down with a friend at lunch last week. While telling me about her day, she expressed frustration at one of her professor’s lectures from the morning.
The class started with a video about radical Muslims, which was not part of the planned lesson. My friend told me the video, which taught about terrorism and the one percent of Islam with radical followers, was very educational and insightful. Then came the professor’s lecture.
He started off after the video by telling his students to disregard the video’s statistics: The majority of Muslims are radical extremists, and Muslims are raised to hate America. The class laughed along with him as he ridiculed the Muslim beliefs and practices, saying it was ridiculous they still worshiped the moon as their god – which, by the way, is completely untrue.
When my friend described this lecture-rant to me, my jaw dropped.
I could not comprehend how a teacher could have the nerve to blatantly preach racism to a class.
I understand the importance of learning about current global issues and conflicts, but this is extreme. I cannot see any truth in the clouded lies this professor was offering. Granted, there is a strong sense of disconnection between America and the Middle Eastern culture. To say they all hate us and that they are stupid for what they believe, though, infuriates me.
My friend told me how offended she was at this lecture, and I agreed. Sadly, she sat there during the lecture and said nothing.
I can’t blame her – she was scared of her standing in the class or her teacher’s opinion of her being affected. Come to find out, a few of her classmates felt the exact same way.
The point of all this is not to point fingers or fuel an argument. It is to call out an issue that should not exist. Fort Hays State University is a globally diverse school, so to hear about something like this happening in a classroom is unbelievable. To all our Muslim or foreign students: I hope you are as offended as I was – you should be. Regardless of who you are, I hope you can see that this sort of teaching is not acceptable.
If you are ever taught anything as wrong, biased or even racist as this, do not be afraid to stand up. You will not be the only one. Let your voice be heard, and hopefully one day our educational system will be free of such flaws.