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Prof Fired by Fordham University After Confusing the Names of Two Black Students

Prof Fired by Fordham University After Confusing the Names of Two Black Students

“Several students said Trogan’s bizarre overreaction, rather than making a simple apology, made matters worse for him.”

This professor made a huge mistake by overreacting to something he did which was essentially nothing. Even students think he made the situation worse for himself. He was clearly terrified of a certain reaction. Why?

The New York Post reports:

Fordham U. prof fired after mixing up two black students in class

A Fordham University professor was fired after mixing up the names of two black students in class, according to a report.

Hours after what he called an “innocent mistake,” lecturer Christopher Trogan, 46, sent a rambling, nine-page email to students in his Composition II classes explaining the faux pas — and defending, without being asked, his “entire life” of working on “issues of justice, equality, and inclusion,” the campus newspaper reported.

“The offended student assumed my mistake was because I confused that student with another Black student,” Trogan wrote, according to a Nov. 29 article in the Fordham Observer. “I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error. It has nothing to do with race.”

He blamed the mistake on his “confused brain” when the two students arrived to class late on Sept. 24, while he was reading a classmate’s work.

Several students said Trogan’s bizarre overreaction, rather than making a simple apology, made matters worse for him.

The email was “a little excessive,” one of the two black students, freshman Chantal Sims, told the Observer. “We were not actually that upset about him mixing up our names. It was more so the random things he would throw into the response.”

In the email, he urged any students upset by the incident to complain to the school. “Depending on your response to the officials above, I may — or may not — be your professor in class next week. It’s all up to you,” he wrote.

Sims told the paper Trogan’s email stressed “everything he has done for minorities.”

He was fired Oct. 29, the paper reported.

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He wrote a nine-page apology letter to his students? And he teaches Composition?

I hate to say it, but the university might actually have made the right choice.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 13, 2021 at 10:26 am

Since when are Negroes royalty?

Sounds like someone trying to earn his contrition merit badge

Everything after “Sorry Snowflakes” was redundant.

Something needs cleaning up. A professor is different than a lecturer. Not the same, but used interchangeably here.

I’ve done that. Unintentional, sorry. Two Black girls complained. The next two mixed up two Whites. Once I had two football players, both about 5’10” and 215 pounds. They could have swapped clothes. Both had short cropped hair and wire rim glasses.

Another time I mixed up a 6’4” Black male basketball player with a 5′ 3” White female cheer leader. Whoops. Oh well. The problem is the long apology. Apparently there was more wrong with him than learning names.

I used to tell my students they needed to wear the same clothes for the first 2 weeks, and were not allowed to change their hair style, until after I had learned their names.

    Milwaukee in reply to Milwaukee. | December 13, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    The football players: one was Black, and the other was White. Both linemen, one offensive, the other defensive. Really nice guys.

Guy sounds woker than caffeine on speed. Maybe he’s better gone.

Things have to be bad to get fired in the middle of the semester.