Revealed: University forces all freshman take course called “Anti-Black Racism” that won’t give letter grades


PITTSBURGH, PA– Starting this fall, the University of Pittsburgh will be requiring all incoming freshman to take a new course on anti-racism. The official course title is “Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance.”

In a letter to students this past week, Provost Ann E. Cudd said that the course will be free of charge and count for one academic credit.

(Editor note: Because apparently letter grades are discriminatory now?)

She said that the course is part of the institution’s pursuit of an anti-racist university.

Yet it’s worth stressing that the name of the class is “Anti-Black Racism” – does that mean the syllabus indoctrinates students with the idea that racism is only towards black people?

The course is to be scheduled for one hour per week and the student will be graded on a satisfactory/no-credit basis. According to the letter, all first-year students will be automatically enrolled for the upcoming fall term.

The Pittwire reported that students at the regional campuses as well as any other interested student has the ability to register for the new course. Cudd said in a statement:

“The course is designed to inform us all about Black history and culture, about the multiple forms of anti-Black racism and about how we can be anti-racist.”

She added:

“It is a deposit on our commitment to transform our institution and our society, beginning with education and focusing on our future through the special class of 2024.”

Throughout the 14-week course, University of Pittsburgh faculty and activists in the Pittsburgh area will introduce students to the long tradition of scholarly activism, specifically the Black experience and Black cultural expression.

The goal of one of the lectures, as identified in the syllabus, is to provide an overview of the Reconstruction Amendments and “the agenda of Radical Republicans.”

It will also analyze the development, spread, and forms of anti-Black racism in the U.S. and around the world.

Yolanda Covington-Ward, chair of the Department of African Studies at the university led a committee of faculty and students to develop the course. She said in a statement:

“A talented committee of faculty experts came together from across the University to create this innovative course in response to the persistent challenges around anti-Black racism that drive social divisions and limit opportunities and equity for people of African descent.”

She added:

“We wanted to make sure that the course provided some historical context, while also looking at ideologies of race and contemporary struggles against anti-Black racism locally in Pittsburgh, nationally, and globally as well.”

She reiterated:

“We also wanted to focus on the humanity of Black people in creating a course that emanates their own perspectives, experiences, and agency.”

According to reports, the course will be centered around three key areas: the roots, ideology, and resistance to anti-Black racism. The semester will begin with an exploration of the beginnings of anti-Black racism tying it to African history, the history of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

Students will also discuss the ideology of anti-Black racism and how it connects with the idea of racial hierarchies. The course will also highlight the theme of resistance and look at strategies that Black activists and their allies have utilized to create a more just and equitable society.

Covington-Ward said:

“We hope that this course is a first step in helping students to recognize and challenge anti-Black policies and practices when the encounter them and to develop strategies to be anti-racist in their everyday lives.”

Cudd wrote in her letter:

“We have heard from our Black students as well as Black faculty and staff that our campus is not the safe, inclusive, and equitable place for all that we are committed to creating.”


College students want teacher fired for “falling asleep” during zoom meeting on ‘anti-racism’ (she says she didn’t)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A petition with almost 2000 signatures has been circulating among the students at MaryMount Manhattan College in New York. It was started by a student by the name of Caitlyn Gagnon and calls for the firing of Associate Professor Patricia Hoag Simon. 

The petition alleges that during a recent Town Hall Zoom Meeting held on June 29, to discuss the adoption of an “anti-racist” framework, Simon appeared to be asleep during the meeting.

The petition organizer is demanding that she be fired because of this.  Apparently, in today’s narrative, if you close your eyes during an ethics Zoom meeting, that automatically makes you a racist. 

The petition accuses Simon’s alleged nap, “only capitalized on a pattern of negligence and disrespect.” 

When campus newspaper, Campus Reform, spoke to Professor Simon, she stated that she was not asleep at any point during the meeting.

Rather, she said:

“[I was] resting my Zoom weary eyes with my head titled back which I must do in order to see my computer screen through my trifocal progressive lenses.  I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting.” 

The petition also “demands” the removal of Professor Simon because she “does not align with the anti-racist views and actions that were promised to be adopted by the department earlier this week at the Town Hall meetings.” 

Again, a blatant demand for the removal of a person from their place of employment simply because a disgruntled student feels that the Professor possibly doesn’t align with certain views.

Lately, it seems like this type of behavior has been on repeat in the media.

Glancing through the comments posted on the Change.Org petition, it appears that Professor Simon isn’t well liked among some of the students, many stating that her classroom doesn’t provide one of “inclusion, safety or acceptance.” 

It also states that Professor Simon:

“Has a history of ignoring instances of racism in the form or racial profiling within the program, and enabling the racist and sizeist actions and words of the vocal coaches under her jurisdiction.”

If this is the case, why is the petition only calling for the removal of Professor Simon and not the vocal coaches that it accuses of being racist? One would think if you are going to call for the removal of one person, based on her allowing the actions of her staff, you would take this opportunity to demand the firing of the rest of the staff you are accusing of being racist as well. 

Sounds like it is a bit of a witch hunt, designed to tear down a long and hard built career because the author of the petition doesn’t personally like this professor. 

However, the comments regarding Professor Simon and her professional accomplishments as well as her academic accomplishments doesn’t quite add up. 

On “Rate my Professor” web page, Professor Simon has a 3.9/5 “likeability” rate and 88% of her former students would take her classes again. 

Her staff biography page listed on the MaryMount Manhattan College website says the Professor has taught at the College since 1991 and has most recently studied the Oral History of Joshua Logan, conducted research in Sydney, Uluru and Cairns in Australia for studies involving Aboriginal culture in connections with a new musical, titled, Songlines and Dreamings. 

This petition sounds like yet another typical generational “movement” designed to destroy the 28+ year career of someone just because she isn’t “liked.” 

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From what we’ve seen recently, it’s more common for the professors to be the ones leading students to the far-left lunacy.

Here’s a recent example.

 A professor at Crieghton University is facing backlash after he offered to “fix” a news headline by describing a “Back the Blue” rally as a “white supremacist rally.” 

On Friday, the Jesuit university apologized on behalf of the professor, Zachary B. Smith.  Smith is a professor of theology at Creighton University. Below is the screen shot of the original tweet that has since been deleted:

Revealed: University forces all freshman take course called "Anti-Black Racism" that won't give letter grades

According to Campus Reform, Smith tweeted July 7th in response to an article published by the Omaha World-Herald. The article, headlined “‘Back the Blue’ rally in Omaha to show support for law enforcement,” discussed details for an upcoming rally in Omaha to show support for law enforcement. 

Creighton College Republicans released a statement Friday addressing Smiths tweet:

“At Creighton University, we are reminded daily of the Jesuit Values, principles that we use to guide our words and actions, ‘Men and Women for and With Others,’ is a cornerstone of our philosophy; we are called to support the marginalized, strive for justice and live for others.

“Attacking law enforcement, the people who protect, defend, and pursue justice for the most marginalized among us is disingenuous and hypocritical.”

Creighton College Republics President Tyler Henningsen, a rising sophomore studying marketing and economics with a minor in political science, told Campus Reform that he was frustrated when he saw Smith’s tweet. 

He said:

“I always have been aware that Creighton is more of a liberal school. But it was very disheartening to see someone who is protected by the Omaha Police Department and the law enforcement around Creighton nullify them to such an extent where he felt the need to call them ‘white supremacists.”

Henningsen reiterated:

“I think it shows an inherent flaw in the education system. We’ve transitioned away from traditional learning of, you’re presented with two side of an argument or two sides of an issues and you’re able to make up your own mind.”

He added:

“It’ something we’ve seen at college campuses over the past thirty, forty, fifty years where there’s an increasing amount of bias instead of education.”

Early Friday afternoon, just one day before the rally was to take place, Smith’s account was deleted from Twitter. Later that day, the University released a statement on its own Twitter profile stating that:

“The faculty member regrets his statement and sincerely apologizes for the offense it has caused.”

Henningsen believes that the statement from the university and Smith deleting his Twitter account are not enough.

He explained:

“I really don’t think that’s sufficient for the situation. He should apologize publicly instead of forcing the university to do it for him.”

In a statement made directly to Campus Reform, the university assured that:

“The views expressed by a Creighton University faculty member on his personal social media account concerning the Back the Blue even are not those of the university.”

Henningsen attended the “Back the Blue” rally in Omaha on Saturday and told the Campus Reform that there was an overwhelming amount of support for law enforcement at the event. He also reported that every speaker at that rally was a minority or a person of color.

He ended with this:

“That doesn’t sound like a white supremacist rally to me.”

According to his faculty page, Smith’s scholarships deal mainly with late antique, medieval, and Byzantine Christianity, focusing on asceticism and monasticism, and the relationship between Christianity and Greco-Roman society. Aside from religion courses, Smith also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program. 


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