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Change.org petition to fire UCLA prof. Gordon Klein. (Photo: screen capture Change.org)

Mob Rule: UCLA Suspends Professor For Refusing to Cancel Finals for Black Students after George Floyd killing

UCLA student asked prof to give black students a ‘no harm’ final exam that wouldn’t affect their grades

By Evan Gahr, June 16, 2020 12:19 pm

The University of California Los Angeles has suspended an accounting professor who mocked a student for demanding that he basically cancel final exams for black students and afford them other leniency in light of the protests over the killing of George Floyd.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is now investigating the professor, Gordon Klein, for his supposedly racist email to a student seeking leniency for black classmates. He has also received police protection because of the anger he unleashed by basically subjecting the student’s request to the kind of rigorous intellectual analysis that you would think universities would want to uphold.

The fracas started when the student asked Klein to give black students a “no harm” final exam meaning it wouldn’t affect their grades–so it’s basically not really an exam at all.

“We have been placed in a position where we must choose between actively supporting our black classmates or focusing on finishing up our spring quarter,” the student wrote the prof.

Staying “neutral in times of injustice brings power to the oppressor and therefore staying silent is not an option,” the student argued.

This is “not a joint effort to get finals canceled for non-black students, but rather an ask that you exercise compassion and leniency with black students in our major.”

Klein wrote back by asking the student some obvious and pointed questions. And this didn’t go over very well in a nationwide atmosphere where anybody who dissents from liberal and leftist racial orthodoxy is deemed racist.

“Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota. Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we’ve been having online classes only? 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 probably are especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might be possibly even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not,” he inquired.

“My TA is from Minneapolis, so if you don’t know, I can probably ask her. Can you guide me on how you think I should achieve a ‘no-harm’ outcome since our sole course grade is from a final exam only? One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the ‘color of their skin.’ Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”

The pointed response prompted an online petition on June 2 on Change.org demanding that he be fired for his “extremely insensitive, dismissive, and woefully racist response to his students’ request for empathy and compassion during a time of civil unrest.”

It got 20,000 signatures.  The next day the Anderson School of Management suspended Klein until June 24 and said in an email to students he would be investigated for “behavior”  that may be “inconsistent” with the UCLA Faculty Code of Conduct, Washington Free Beacon reported.

Actually, UCLA policies prohibits giving preferences to students  based on race.

His classes were assigned to other professors.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is representing Klein, says that UCLA violated his free speech rights.

In a letter to UCLA general counsel Charles Robinson FIRE said that “the mere initiation of an investigation, even if discipline is not meted out, sends the message that the university may punish protected expression. The chilling effect engendered by that conduct itself violates the First Amendment, and undermines UCLA’s laudable commitment to the expressive rights of its faculty members and students.”

George Klein declined to comment to the California Globe.

But Glenn Ricketts, spokesman for the National Association of Scholars, which works to protect academic freedom on campuses, said UCLA’s action was typical behavior for school administrators who are “often a bunch of banana-spined PC ideologues.”

However, on Fox Business Network last week Klein took a more conciliatory note. “I love UCLA and would like to return to what I’ve done for 39 years” teaching at the school, he said. “My record is pristine when it comes to any accusations relating to alleged discrimination.”

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7 thoughts on “Mob Rule: UCLA Suspends Professor For Refusing to Cancel Finals for Black Students after George Floyd killing

  1. Next time, try this: “Request denied.”

    NEVER say a single letter more than necessary. That’s advice I received from a school district lawyer in Houston once, and it has served me — a school administrator — very well over the years.

  2. I love the comments above; short & to the point! However, I would like to point out that it would be equally racist to those left in class to “have” to take the final exam. Racism runs both ways!

  3. One can not be so bare faced honest with the group of people who are trying to kill the country. The Death Group is small ,though, side of the BLM group. They seem the same because they presently are using the same weapons against the country but they are not alike. They use the same weapons because that’s all they have. BLM is almost all right in it’s motives. The Death Group goal is anarchy and can not be tolerated further. The law must start with the arson and then maybe the looting. There must be some long hard time. given out. There is no reason that these people can not be prosecuted at once and pressure put onto judicial to handle with heavier than normal punishment. They can be identified from the newscaster’s film, iPhone pics, videos etc. Such results will have an immediate impact upon the rest of the group.

    1. @ Bob

      You bring up a great point in that these people need to know there are consequences for their actions, and they need to be steep. There seems to be absolutely no deterrent for the actions of these people, and they know it. Even the police in some instances are just letting them run wild, which will do nothing but encourage and emboldened them. They’re simply going to get worse. What if blm decides to move their mobs into neighborhoods terrorizing the people? These people have chosen a career path of criminal behavior that rages against society while blaming the white race for their actions. They need to be stopped or this can really fly out of control quick. Right now it’s mainly fear and intimidation and strength in numbers since they’ve learned that works, but someone is going to have to make a stand and put them in check even if unfortunately it comes down to armed citizens who do it.

      They need to be sent a clear message that reminds them of the consequences of doing something they shouldn’t for decades to come regardless of if they contain the understanding of right or wrong or not.

  4. Professor Klein, ULCA is in need of some “tough love” in the form of legal action. Please pursue justice so that others will be protected.

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