“as reparations for Humanities 110’s history of erasing the histories of people of color”
The school tried to placate these students by meeting them halfway but now they want to go even further. Who could have guessed this would happen?
The College Fix reports:
Student activists demand ‘reparations’: exclusion of white authors from humanities course
After a year and a half of disruptions against a mandatory humanities course they say is too white, student protesters at Reed College got what they wanted.
And they’re not happy about it.
Reedies Against Racism argues that Humanities 110, “Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean,” has become even less diverse with the addition of texts from the Americas.
In an April 11 Facebook post, RAR said the remaining European texts in the course should be ditched in its first year and replaced with non-European texts “as reparations for Humanities 110’s history of erasing the histories of people of color, especially black people.”
The revisions to Humanities 110, known casually as Hum 110, came after RAR staged multiple sit-ins and and attempted takeovers of class sessions throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and the first two months of this school year.
Though students who have taken the class have told The College Fix and other publications that they objected to RAR’s methods of protest, which sometimes led professors to cancel classes, a Reed College spokesperson refused to tell The Fix whether any complaints have been lodged against the group by students or faculty.
Kevin Myers, director of media relations, said that would violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that does not appear to be applicable to the requested information.
“RAR are well within their rights to advocate for what they want, but it doesn’t mean they are going to get everything they want,” Myers said in a phone interview.
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