Ahhhh, racism…

Just when you thought that our woke universities had erased the practice of hate, they go and prove it’s still alive and well in even our most liberal of institutions.

A professor at UCLA has learned this first hand and has decided to do something about it.

Professor Gordon Klein is suing the dean of his school for damages after he was suspended for refusing to be racist.

Klein, a lecturer in accounting at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, was told to grade the work of Black and White students by different standards to offset the “trauma” caused by the George Floyd riots.

Make no mistake, that IS a racist policy. Any of the White students can claim they were being grader HARSHER for the color of their skin, and that’s the very definition of racism.

Gordon, recognizing this, refused to comply.

After 40 years with the school, he was suspended for not complying with the racist request, which led to his current lawsuit against the school.

Klein said he is suing for unspecified damages, saying it is, “Not only to redress the wrongful conduct he has endured but also to protect academic freedom.”

We say “good on you, Gordo.”

How Klein Got Labeled A “Racist”

Klein is standing up for his students, himself, and his professional integrity—and fighting against compromising your values for ANY reason, let alone a racist one, is one of the most important moments in which to take a stand.

This all began when a student wrote Klein in June of 2020 and asked him to grade Black students’ work more leniently because they were “traumatized” by the killing of George Floyd.

Klein replied to the student: “Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black half-Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they are probably especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might possibly be even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not.”

He then finished the email with a mic drop moment, telling the student exactly why he wouldn’t take part of a racist action such as this: “I have a law degree, and I’m pretty sure the university’s EDI agenda violates Proposition 209, the California Constitution’s prohibition against race-based preferences in public education. Voters enacted this decades ago and reaffirmed it, last year, at the ballot box. So, I opted to follow the state Constitution and my conscience.”

But if Klein was doing what he was SUPPOSED to do…then why did he get suspended?

Well, Klein thinks that it came down to Dean Antonio Bernardo’s desire to get the “bad” publicity that Klein’s email was garnering to go away by suspending the tenured professor.

Was His Suspension A Publicity Stunt?

Klein says that “a well-timed publicity stunt might distract attention away from the school’s reputation as an inhospitable place for persons of color,” and so Bernardo allegedly suspended Klein for the email exchange…

This has deeply divided the campus in the days since, and there have been angry calls and petitions both for Klein’s firing AND for him to be reinstated.

On June 3, the Anderson school tweeted out, “Respect and equality for all are core principles at UCLA Anderson. It is deeply disturbing to learn of this email, which we are investigating. We apologize to the student who received it and to all those who have been as upset and offended by it as we are ourselves.”

Upset and offended by what? Klein REFUSING to be racist?

This whole situation is absolutely ridiculous, and we hope Klein wins this in court. Put simply, the school was in the wrong here.

Klein has already been reinstated after the suspension, but with a cloud of controversy over his head, let’s hope that winning this lawsuit will take some of the weight away of being falsely labeled a “racist.”

Good luck, Professor Klein…

 

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” – Thomas Sowell