USC Professor Booted After BLM Students Target Him For Using A Chinese Word In Class [Video]
Admittedly, that title doesn't give enough details on what exactly happened but there is so much wrong here and just not enough room on a title to explain it. The University of Southern California put a business professor on leave after black MBA students threatened to drop his class if he wasn't punished.
Greg Patton is a professor who was giving a lesson on how to avoid 'filler' words when public speaking. Words like "um", and "uh" are often used when a speaker struggles to find the words they want to use. As a whole, it's generally frowned upon and makes viewers/listeners think that the speaker lacks confidence.
Part of Patton's job was to prepare students for public speaking and in his lecture he went over the many 'filler' words used. One of which apparently triggered some students who claimed the educator caused mental stress. Why? Because they felt like th Chinese word ‘nèi ge sounded too much like an American racist slur.
In an August 21 email to university administration obtained by National Review, students accused the professor of pronouncing the word like the N-word “approximately five times” during the lesson in each of his three communication classes and said he “offended all of the Black members of our Class.”
Supposedly this group, named "Black MBA Canidates c/o 2022" reported that they spoke with a Chinese speaking classmate and that the professor's pronunciation was incorrect:
“It was confirmed that the pronunciation of this word is much different than what Professor Patton described in class,” the students wrote. “The word is most commonly used with a pause in between both syllables. In addition, we have lived abroad in China and have taken Chinese language courses at several colleges and this phrase, clearly and precisely before instruction is always identified as a phonetic homonym and a racial derogatory term, and should be carefully used, especially in the context of speaking Chinese within the social context of the United States.”
The student's claim that the professor's pronunciation of the word was intentional:
“Our mental health has been affected,” the group continued. “It is an uneasy feeling allowing him to have the power over our grades. We would rather not take his course than to endure the emotional exhaustion of carrying on with an instructor that disregards cultural diversity and sensitivities and by extension creates an unwelcome environment for us Black students.”
To top it all off, as mentioned above, the students then claimed that the professor caused them mental stress and that they have been unable to concentrate:
“No matter what way you look at this, the word was said multiple times today in three different instances and has deeply affected us. In light of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the recent and continued collective protests and social awakening across the nation, we cannot let this stand,” the group concluded, before calling for an immediate remedy to the situation.
This is so obviously ridiculous. It's hard to believe any school would suspend a teacher for their pronunciation of a word in a different language. Especially after watching the video. Anyone with half of a brain can see that Patton wasn't speaking in a derogatory way. In fact, it doesn't appear like the professor had any ill intent at all.
What do you think? Was this intentional? Let me know in the comments below.