Melissa Hargrove, that educates Africana Studies and investigates the hip-hop motion, is the newest academic to face a effort for ending after she was accused of employing the”n-word” in a class at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For the past month, the university was struggling with the controversy. In her class, Hargrove was using an acronym and discussing a song with the identical phrase from rapper Tupac. The university ordered her into compulsory training but pupils want her fired.
According to a statement from Shayla Nunnally, the chair of the section, Hargrove wrote the phrase but underneath made it crystal very clear that it was an acronym for”Never Ignorant About Getting Goals Accomplished.”
The school apologized and ordered the training of Hargrove. The section held sessions with pupils to address the controversy. However, the pupil insisted on her being fired for not just racism but causing”generational trauma”:
Professor Hargrove is notorious among pupils for traumatizing Black pupils by eschewing appropriate teaching methods and instead dragging pupils through generational injury that persists to this day. Dr. Hargrove create a hostile and inspirational learning environment for many years, which makes her horrendous actions unsatisfactory — but not surprising — to the student body….
A professor who is a very best ignorant to that which she inflicts does not belong into her coveted position. She should not have been supported by any faculty or the government. Through her direct actions, she is reaffirming racism and anti-Blackness at this university and beyond. At this point the opportunity to be”called in” has now passed, and the time for elimination has come.
The pupils do not explain the”generational trauma” or even the alleged past misconduct.
As can come as little surprise to a lot of this blog, I see the attempt as an attack on the academic freedom and free speech. An individual could disagree with the material of a class without ascribing a racist motive or reaffirming racism. I have seen nothing to suggest that Professor Hargrove is really a racist or reaffirmed a racism messaging at the class.
I’m actually more worried about the university’s position. In a later statement, the university says”even given this context, we acknowledge that people will disagree about whether writing that phrase on the boardin any form, can ever be a powerful teaching tool” However, it has stated that Hargrove did not use the word as a slur but as an acronym at a class on a song that utilizes the term. If that is the situation, why was she sent into re-training and exactly what did the university view as wrong in her class? There should be clarity on such a stage if a professor is being sent into a re-training program. Can be Hargrove barred from with the acronym or discussing the title or lyrics of a song that is the attention of this class?
Uncertainty and ambiguity is the passing of the free speech and academic freedom. If the university is going to order compulsory training, it should be apparent for other faculty concerning the bright line regarding this type of substance.
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