June 29, 2020

FINALLY: Feds warn UCLA about disciplining professor who read N-word from MLK letter.

The US Department of Education has warned UCLA it could face fines if it disciplines a political science professor who read the N-word from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

Lecturer W. Ajax Peris, an Air Force veteran, has been under investigation since early this month. UCLA Political Science Chair Michael Chwe and two others in his department had blasted Peris in an email, agreeing with students’ complaints that he didn’t “pause and reassess [his] teaching pedagogy” after objections to the N-word.

An apology from Peris did little to assuage students and faculty. According to Fox News, Chwe and company alleged Peris’s act of contrition “escalated the situation rather than engaging in […] thoughtful and open discourse.”

The DOE informed UCLA that Peris has been “improperly and abusively targeted.”

Universities need adult supervision these days, and while I’d rather that not be the case, the DoE and DOJ need to provide some.

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