Sunday, 26 June 2016

Student challenges history professor and is threatened with expulsion

"A Native American student at Cal State Sacramento University was told by her history teacher that there was no genocide against the indigenous population of North America. When the student, Chiitaanibah Johnson, took issue with this claim and challenged him, she was ejected from the class and expelled."

"The professor said he didn’t care for the term `genocide` as he didn’t think it accurately describes what happened in relation to Native American history."

"U.S. History Professor Maury Wiseman accused Johnson of `hijacking` his class when she challenged him on this. He also pointed out that he was very offended at her accusations that he was a `bigot` and `racist`..."

"By the end of the week, he had expelled her from the class, according to Vincent Schilling, writing for Indian Country Today Media Network."

"`The whole thing started on Wednesday,` Johnson said in an interview with ICTMN. `He was talking about Native America and he said the word genocide. He paused and said ‘I don’t like to use that word because I think it is too strong for what happened’ and ‘Genocide implies that it was on purpose and most native people were wiped out by European diseases`."

"At first, even though she was outraged at the professor’s comments, she decided against responding… So she wrote what he said down."

"`I wrote it down. I was enraged for what I felt were obvious reasons. I didn’t say anything [on Wednesday] because I knew that if I didn’t have anything specific to back it up in terms of tangible or solid evidence that he would not take my comments into consideration`."

"But on Friday, after the teacher’s discussion on the Iroquois Confederacy and the Portuguese expeditions, she confronted him she had no other choice..."

"So she stood up and began reading from an article by the United Nations that defined the term as `the deliberate killing of another people, a sterilization of people and/or a kidnapping of their children`."

"Humiliated in front of the class, the professor stopped her and he said,`that is enough`."

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