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VIDEO: Berkeley Students Protest Midterm Exam, Accuse Prof. of White Privilege

VIDEO: Berkeley Students Protest Midterm Exam, Accuse Prof. of White Privilege

Tests are now a form of white supremacy or something.

A small group of students at UC Berkeley recently protested a midterm exam. They accused the professor of not checking his privilege and seemed angry at other students for not siding with them.

They were clearly trying to tie the situation to race and immigration but the whole thing was so ridiculous that no one was taking them seriously.

Ian Miles Cheong reported at the Daily Caller:

UC Berkeley Students Protest Exam, Accuse Peers And Professor Of Supporting White Supremacy

UC Berkeley students attempted to shut down their midterm exam, with claims that it would have a negative impact on their physical and mental health. The students, who were captured on video, demanded a “take-home essay with significant time to prepare” and accused their uncooperative professor of not checking his privilege.

“This is a campus that is truly related throughout Latin America to the notion of free speech, said professor Harley Shaiken to the class, eliciting laughter and derision from the protesters.

Dismissive of the professor, the activists claimed that their “well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives.”

One protester shouted: “Have you ever checked ‘unlisted’ or ‘undocumented immigrant’? I don’t think so!”

Shaiken, who has written about workers’ rights in Mexico, is an expert in labor issues and earned the Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of California, San Diego in 1991. Despite his expertise in the subject, the students called him unfit to lecture them on the subject because he is white.

“Are you trying to silence us right now? Is that what you’re trying to do?” said a protester responding to a student who jokingly asked if it was a filibuster.

Conor Beck of the Washington Free Beacon has more:

“I don’t know why you’re still, like, sitting down, y’all. I don’t understand. I really don’t understand. Y’all can take your f—ing test, but people are dying out there,” another protestor said before then accusing students of supporting white supremacy.

Professor Shaiken offered to continue the conversation outside, but the protesters refused and said were going to the Department of Ethnic Studies to complain, an action Shaiken said they were “more than welcome to do.”

Watch the video:

Here’s a longer version:

Tom Knighton of PJ Media puts this in perspective:

In short, a white professor wants them to take their midterms in the same manner as practically every other professor in the nation wants, and thus he’s wrong because he’s “white.”

Frankly, Shaiken was right to refuse their demands.

If these students are taking a class on labor issues in the U.S. and Mexico, it means this probably isn’t their first college class. By now they know that midterms are the norm in many classes throughout the college. They know how this works.

Instead, they’re trying to bully him because he’s a white man teaching on a somewhat ethnic topic. They’re demanding he “check his privilege” because they expect the white man to capitulate to their insane demands, and the fact that he won’t is taken as proof of his racism.

There’s not much I could add to that. It’s spot on.

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DouglasJBender | October 8, 2017 at 9:34 am

Shaiken and disturbed.

The privilege hierarchy iis a virus that destroys it’s host. It’s never ending .

    Immolate in reply to SpaceInvader. | October 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    My white privilege makes me want to beat these malcontents like a rented mule. Happily, the world will do it for me. My arms get tired quicker than they used to.

I’ve long held that “insanity” can be a choice people make. As here.

progressivism is a mental illness.

“People are dying out there.”
The same claim made by the MAGA hat snatcher. Who is teaching them this drivel and why does anyone believe something that is plainly untrue? If there was genocide going on in this country against anyone, it would be front page news every day in the NYT, the Washington Post, and LA Times, and Rolling Stone and Mother Jones would have feature articles about it every month. CNN and MSNBC would start channels that covered nothing but the genocide. Do they think the MSM is covering up genocide in the United States?

Sounds like they’re afraid that ICE will pounce on them when they walk in for the midterm.

    amwick in reply to tom_swift. | October 8, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Could be, or they are trying to get ICE to pounce on them, so they can play a full hand of identity victimization: race, citizenship, DACA status, socio-economic status, and finally physical/mental health. Each one has a card to be used, the royal flush of poor me!

T-shirt in last video reads “Caution Educated Student of Color”

Much closer to the truth would be “Extreme Danger Idiotic Child Majoring in Anti-Thinking”

Give them zeros and move on. Call it a life lesson.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to clayusmcret. | October 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Or just fail them and kick them out of the class.

    DaveGinOly in reply to clayusmcret. | October 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    My ex, a black woman, taught at university for one year. She flunked students (white students, and this was back in 2000) for not showing up for class and not turning in assignments. The students’ parents complained and the dean backed them up! My wife quit.

The guy’s a teacher of social and cultural studies, meaning this class is at best one of those touchy-feely courses. A handmaiden of “social justice.”

Don’t see this sort of nonsense going on with courses in business or the hard-sciences.

    tom_swift in reply to pfg. | October 8, 2017 at 11:30 am


    I don’t think I’ve never seen an account of one of these protests in a class like, say, Introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics.

    Perhaps anyone signing up for a class like that knows there’s a skull-crushing amount of material to cover and only one term to cover it in; no time available to waste on whiny stuff.

Another progressive professor’s Frankenstein monster turns on him.

The professor handled it pretty well. You might say he was Shaiken, not stirred.

A diploma is also a form of white privilege. Don’t force one of those on these poor dears as it may harm their mental and emotional health.

“….the activists claimed that their “well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives.”

This begs the question, why are they attending college, if it is such a profound source of angst?

    C. Lashown in reply to herm2416. | October 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    HEY! A ‘free ride’ is a free ride! Consider that they’re just hitch-hiking through life trying to stay out of the ditch. Ditches make horrible places to sleep or live.

    Arminius in reply to herm2416. | October 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    They’re going to college because they grew up on free school breakfasts and lunches and it’s a hard habit to break when you’ve never learned to feed yourself.

Another group of scum and villains identifies itself.

4th armored div | October 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm

kinda surprised the prof didn’t join them in protest.
should profs go in ‘black face’ and have ‘check your white privilege in this box’ at the entrances to the classroom ?

This are protesting in lieu of the conventional excuse: “the dog ate my homework”.

I wonder how many people better qualified were rejected entrance to the school because of diversity (i.e. racist) policies.

Every SJW should immediately toss out its smart phone, tablet. etc., for in the heart of each is the lowly transistor co-invented by Wm. Shockley a known white supremacist and eugenicist.

I do wonder if any of them are actual US citizens.

Our wonderful educational system is ACTUALLY TEACHING PEOPLE TO BE INSANE !

The professor’s mistake here was even being willing to engage these morons. He should have asked them to leave the moment they started disrupting things and if they refused called campus security. “This is not the time nor the place for this, you are wasting the money of the rest of the students here who have paid for an education. Leave now or I will have security remove you. The mid-term will be given as always you can either attend, take the test, and receive the grade you earn or you can not attend and receive the grade you earn. This is your last chance to either leave or sit down and be quiet. If I have you removed you will fail this course.”

    Arminius in reply to Gremlin1974. | October 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    This prof may not have done what you suggest because the school administration may have ordered the campus police to stand down and let the classroom/campus disruptors have their way.

    This has already happened at several other colleges and universities such as Evergreen and Mizzou. As a matter of fact it has already happened at UC Berkeley if you recall the riots antifa et al launched to shut down conservative speakers, and both the UCB police chief and the City of Berkeley police chief told their officers to stay in their patrol cars.

irishgladiator63 | October 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

I’m confused. What’s their actual argument?
That midterms are killing minority students? (Don’t know how I missed that when I was in college. The bodies must be piling up.)
That fellow classmates are somehow complicit in genocide because they are taking their own midterms? (I took lots of midterms, am I also guilty?)
That minority students cannot handle midterms due to the fact that they are minorities? (Good heavens, imagine if a white person said that.)
It seems to be a mishmash of those things but they aren’t particularly clear about it.

“Studies” courses have exams?

This is pure corruption by these students. They were shown the deal at an early age: act infantile – but vote left – and we’ll enable your infantileness into your adulthood.

In other words, these students sold their and their nation’s souls for an apparently easy, but dishonest life.

The future of America is a disintegration of the Union: Trump voters will not want to governed by the corrupt dumbasses being produced by America’s leftist educational system.

When all is said and done, and the Trump-America forms its own nation, the Trump nation will look like America, and the ‘Kalifornia’ nation will look like East Germany.

These students must really hate themselves.

Flunk ’em all!

I must admit, I take a little pleasure in watching these liberal professors get a taste of what they’re pushing on the world.

I just don’t get how they think that sort of behavior is appropriate. Hard to see a rosy future with people like that in charge.


1. Special hospital wherein the entire staff –from surgery room sanitization staff to hospital director, from nurse’s aid to chief surgeon — consist of those who never had to take any exams nor demonstrate any medical knowledge or proficiency whatsoever.

2. Every one of these mind-numbed protesters be required to receive all of their medical treatment, from aspirin to critical surgery, at said hospital and nowhere else.

(Old joke: (Q) What do they call the person who graduates in last place in medical school? (A) Doctor.

thalesofmiletus | October 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

No sympathy for the academy. They brought this on themselves. The Left always attacks its own for insufficient Leftism.