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Students Want Africana Studies Prof Fired for ‘Traumatizing Black Students’ With Tupac Song Title

Students Want Africana Studies Prof Fired for ‘Traumatizing Black Students’ With Tupac Song Title

“The controversy began when students in Hargrove’s African Diaspora class complained after seeing the acronym written out.”

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Some people just want to get other people fired. It’s a key element of cancel culture.

The College Fix reports:

Demands remain to fire Africana Studies professor for ‘traumatizing Black students’ with Tupac song title

University of Tennessee-Knoxville administrators are staying silent on the status of a lecturer who took two weeks away from the school in February after writing a phrase used by rapper Tupac Shakur on a whiteboard.

In early February, Melissa Hargrove, a lecturer on race and anthropology in the Africana Studies department, wrote the acronym for “Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished,” a quote used by the hip-hop artist, on a whiteboard during class.

Tupac also used the acronym as a song title.

The school did not respond to multiple requests by The College Fix this week to provide an update to Hargrove’s status as a lecturer at the university, and Hargrove also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But student government President Karmen Jones told the UT Daily Beacon that Hargrove (pictured) is back in the classroom and students continue to protest to have her fired.

Campus activists met with Chancellor Donde Plowman earlier this month to insist the longtime educator be terminated.

The controversy began when students in Hargrove’s African Diaspora class complained after seeing the acronym written out. Soon the UT-Knoxville Student Government Association and other groups called for Hargrove to be fired.

“Professor Hargrove is infamous among students for traumatizing Black students by eschewing appropriate teaching methods and instead dragging students through generational trauma that exists to this day,” the association wrote in an open letter dated Feb. 5.

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I wonder how many faculty in the Africana Studies Department have tenure. If the program is highly reliant on instructors and adjunct faculty, there cannot be serious academic freedom there.

Why has this dispute risen to the President and Chancellor rather than remaining with the Aficana Studies Department Chair? Could it be that the Department Chair did not take this episode as seriously as the students?

Doesn’t matter if you’re quoting Tupac. That’s “their word,” and you can’t use it. Like a drinking fountain, or that black privilege that doesn’t exist.

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