For the second time in less than a year, San Diego State University reappointed a teacher for using racially charged language in the classroom.
The new incident includes J. Angelo Corletta full-time philosophy professor who resigned last week teaching two courses, one on critical thinking, the other on race and racism.
Corlett told the Union-Tribune that he used an information slide in both classes listing 10 to 12 adjectives used against blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians and whites.
“You have to mention the words to explain why they are racist and should not be used,” said Corlett, a 63-year-old Latino. “Some students are confused about what is considered racism. “And some are more concerned with the offense than with the logic and science of language.”
On March 1, an unknown black student who was not enrolled in Corlett’s critical thinking class repeatedly stopped and challenged Corlett’s adjectives, especially those considered the most offensive slander against blacks.
Corlett said he responded to the visitor, in part, by mentioning oral patches to illustrate the nature of the lesson. He claims he did not encourage his students to do the same.
Later that day, Corlett was notified by the university that he would not teach the two courses for the rest of the spring semester. He teaches another course in political philosophy.
“We had a lot of students who showed up and complained about their experience with Professor Corlett’s classes,” said Luke Wood, SDSU vice president for student affairs and diversity on campus.
“It happened this semester, but it was also a routine experience … We took it into account,” Wood said. “This is really a case of a faculty member being reassigned. This is not about free speech or academic freedom, but about teaching.
“This was for action, not for freedom of expression.”
He declined to give further details.
Corlett says he has used this teaching technique at SDSU for about 20 years and notes that he has written extensively on the subject, including the publication of his book, Race, Racism & Reparations.
“I am not a racist. “I do not mention or use tribal adjectives outside the classroom,” Corlett said.
Corlett said he did not know what he would be asked to do, if anything, now that he had been reassigned to those two courses. The SDSU says the issue has not yet been resolved.
One of Corlett’s colleagues, Robert Francescotti, a professor of philosophy, told the Union-Tribune: He is a longtime expert on racism. He knows what he is talking about.
“(Corlett) likes to push students to think things and he does not mind things being uncomfortable. I do not think that’s bad.”
Corlett also received support from Dorette Ponce, a senior who attended Corlett’s Philosophy, Race, and Justice. He told the Union-Tribune in an email:
“As masters of philosophy, this is what we are taught from day one, TO USE CRITICAL THOUGHT μαι I am so disappointed with my department and the College of Letters and Arts. I thought we supported the truth and the search for knowledge. I was impressed that we respected all points of view and welcomed the difference. However, a professor expresses an anti-popular opinion of the minority and leaves a course on a subject he has been teaching, researching and publishing for 30+ years?
The SDSU had to deal with a similar controversy in April after Robert Jordan, an instructor who taught an online film course, used a cultural stereotype about blacks to make a broader view of racial ideology.
He told the students that he was going to express beliefs that he personally did not believe, and then said, in the first person, “I may have an assumption that blacks are not as smart as whites. Oh, I already hear people get annoyed, right? I can believe that …
“That’s exactly what my values are, you know. It does not mean that I will come to lynch you. It does not mean that I will do anything to attack you. It may mean that I will not hire you… “
An unknown person took a short excerpt from Jordan’s statements and posted it on Twitter, where he caused a stir. Some students called on Jordan to light a fire.
The SDSU responded with a Twitter post saying: “In the video: 50, the professor gives an example of a racist point of view or ideology. Professor Jordan insists that the clip in no way represents his personal views or opinions.
“To be clear, the SDSU does not tolerate acts of marginalization, racism and hatred based on personal background, identity or skin color.”
The SDSU removed Jordan from the classroom and reassigned him to a task that the university has not yet clearly explained. Jordan told the Union-Tribune shortly after the incident that the SDSU had told him not to speak to the media, a claim the university denied. He has not returned to his role as a regular lecturer.
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