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George Washington U. Prof Removed for Using “‘N-Word’ in Educational Context”

George Washington U. Prof Removed for Using “‘N-Word’ in Educational Context”

“My hands were just shaking, like I just really didn’t know how to react, what to say, what to do and I just felt alone”

This exact scenario seems to play out a school somewhere in the country about once a year.

The College Fix reports:

George Washington University professor removed from class after using ‘N-word’ in educational context

Yet another professor is no longer teaching due to using the N-word in an educational context.

George Washington University’s Professor Michael Stoil, who has taught a course on human rights over the last five years, was removed after he related to his students what he talked about on the phone with a provost, The Hatchet student newspaper reported.

Stoil (pictured) said he uttered the N-word to the provost, whom he does not name, as he discussed “differential aspects of prejudice.” This resulted in some students feeling “frustrated” and “uncomfortable” and “at least three bias reports” ended up being filed against the professor.

Political Science Department Chair Eric Lawrence informed Stoil’s students on September 21 that “a new instructor would start teaching the course.”

Stoil, who described himself as “Eurasian,” told The Hatchet the provost was “horrified” when he said the word, telling him “Oh my God, I felt that viscerally. It ran right through me.” Stoil claimed he responded by asking “You don’t listen to hip hop? You don’t listen to some of the street music? They use it all the time.”

Two of Stoil’s students told him “Yeah, but they’re Black people,” whereupon Stoil replied: “The point is I didn’t imagine that she would feel pain from the use of the N-word simply because, by the way, she didn’t know what color I was.”

From the story:

Students said they felt “shocked” that a lecture on human rights had turned into a justification session for using a racial slur that, by the 1800s, had been established as a derogatory term.

“My hands were just shaking, like I just really didn’t know how to react, what to say, what to do and I just felt alone,” Keheirra Wedderburn, a junior in the class, said in an interview. “I shouldn’t have to tell you about racism because I go through it.” …

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This magic word, do Latinos get lynched for saying it or is it only a crime when uttered by ‘Eurasian?’

More precious snowflakes. Human rights at Harvard apparently don’t include the First Amendment?

“My hands were just shaking, like I just really didn’t know how to react, what to say, what to do and I just felt alone,” Keheirra Wedderburn, a junior in the class, said in an interview. And yet when a black “brother” says it …

Maybe they’re just lying. They get so much mileage out of it, and apparently their statement can’t even be questioned.

    henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | October 4, 2022 at 2:55 am

    There are hundreds of derogatory terms, but only one “magic one to rule them all.”
    Or is it a “magic one that must not be named?”
    I know. It’s a “magic one that will abide no others before it.”

Anyway, this professor knew he was taking a risk. Anyone with half a brain cell these days know there’s no upside to saying the n-word. Likewise, don’t step out into moving traffic, don’t jump off buildings, all things with no upside.

Maybe someone gets a feeling of power from being able to punish someone who says it. Just avoid it. This guy was asking for trouble.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to artichoke. | October 3, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    My whole life, until recently, I had not uttered the N-word. This while hearing blacks use it as often as the use the F-word. I watched Flint Mi go from be a very desirable place to be to a cancer where the whole city is a ghetto, varying only in degree. Over the past 5 years that cancer has spread into both the the east and west suburbs. It is clear that the cancer will continue to spread, eventually making the whole county a cesspool.

    A big part of the spread was projects followed by Section 8. One section 8 house will in most cases ruin a large area.

      FreeBop in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 4, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s (FIRE) mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought—the most essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates Americans about the importance of these inalienable rights, promotes a culture of respect for these rights, and provides the means to preserve them.

      https://www.thefire.org/

      Get involved: https://www.thefire.org/get-involved/

    WindyHill in reply to artichoke. | October 4, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I am with you on this. I was expecting to read about students over-reacting to a word that appeared in a dated book, or something along those lines. Instead, this person used that word on the phone with a provost and then tells the students about it? What type of reaction did he expect?

My question is why and how did this “N” word become such a catalyst. I grew up in the south 100years ago–Our neighbors on the land were a black family and come Sat we all went to town-remember not everyone had a car and kids still rode in the back of the truck-and we used that word to talk about families and whitie to talk about other families* It was just a word. But in today’s world that same word is in music and said out loud by these street “singers” yelled across the street to somebody and no nobody bats and eye except when “it offends me. As with me-I call lots of people boy or girl simply because of age difference. It has nothing to do with anything other than I am 4/5 generations removed from some of the people in my circle. Every single “offense” that comes across our plate offers a choice–we now want to be offended and be angry in today’s society IMO.

Randall Kennedy, a professor at Harvard Law, a black man, has written a book about the n-word and questions why blacks, or any group, have the right to commandeer a word.. Of course he understands and condemns the despicable use of the word. The title of his book is actually just the n-word — unabridged, unabbreviated.. It’s sold as such on Amazon. I wonder how you pronounce the title of this thoughtful book without being fired and condemned.

George Washington University has lost its way. Do not send students there or support GWU until they firmly adopt free speech principles.

Learn about and support organizations that fight for free speech.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s (FIRE) mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought—the most essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates Americans about the importance of these inalienable rights, promotes a culture of respect for these rights, and provides the means to preserve them.

https://www.thefire.org/

Get involved: https://www.thefire.org/get-involved/