A Native American lecturer threatened to lower a white student’s grade over the student’s support of the school’s mascot.
California’s Department of Justice found San Diego State University lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge guilty of racial discrimination, racial harassment, and racial retaliation, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
In Facebook messages, Monge called his student Crystal Sudano “racist” after she wore a shirt displaying the school’s Aztec mascot and claimed that Sudano’s braided hair represented “cultural appropriation.”
Apparently expressions that had anything to do with Native Americans were off-limits for the white student. When Sudano said everyone’s opinions should be heard “no matter how low on the totem pole you are,” Monge objected to her use of the term “totem pole.”
“Monge retaliated against Sudano…after she complained to [him] about his discriminatory and harassing conduct, and appeared to undermine Monge’s thesis in the mascot resolution debate,” said the California DOJ. “Monge told Sudano that her grade would be lowered, ultimately causing her to seek a constructive withdrawal from [his] class.”
San Diego State University released a blanket statement saying it “prohibits discriminatory behavior” but didn’t specifically address Monge, citing the privacy of individuals during pending situations.
And what scholarly insight did Monge share with investigators? Well, he denied any misconduct and told them that “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil.” From Monge to George Ciccariello, who blamed the Las Vegas massacre on whiteness, professors believe that “whiteness” is an ideology like radical Islam, to be given as the motive behind terrorism and all of humanity’s woes. No. That must be students’, the media’s, and any onlookers’ reaction to such a ludicrous and quite frankly racist claim.
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