There’s gotta be something funky in the water in Berkeley. There has to be. How else can one explain graduate students of foreign extraction demanding a professor assemble the second test – this one a take-home test making it essentially an open book – because the poor little snowflakes were emotionally damaged due to the natural disasters hitting their homelands. (You can’t make this stuff up. Why can’t they just admit they didn’t study?)
The professor, Harley Shaiken, is a Professor of Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education and is a member of the Department of Geography. He specializes in issues of work, technology, and global productions, and has advocated for improved workers’ rights in Mexico, but that wasn’t enough for the protesters.
His students may well have gotten the message, they just applied it to the wrong situation. Seriously, get a load of this:
“Well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives,” one student said.
“This is our mental health. This is our physical health. This is…um,” another demonstrator said before trailing off, scratching her head and turning to another protestor.
“The content of this class and the way it is being taught is not satisfactory. And even if it is … we feel that we haven’t had the opportunity to interact with the text and information. We demand that you make and [hold space] to [study] the voices of students of color,” one protester stated.
Oh, so they admit not studying after all. And for this, the protesters told Shaiken that they were going to the office of ethnic something or other to protest their cause some more. He said go right ahead. (Codewords for “good luck” in graduate school.)
As for the rest of the class who showed up and actually took the midterm, the protesters had something to say about that, too.
“I don’t know why you’re still, like, sitting down, Y’all. I don’t understand. I really don’t understand. Y’all can take your f—ing test, but people are dying out there,” another protestor said before then accusing students of supporting white supremacy.
After nearly four minutes of non-stop speaking, one student asked if this was “a filibuster.” A female protester was outraged by his sarcasm:
You listen! You have to listen, okay? Listen to us, okay? You talk so much already, okay?… Are you trying to silence us right now? Is that what you’re trying to do?
The student responded: “I’m trying to take my test.” Another protester snapped back: “We’re trying to live our lives … white boy with privilege.”
Said by a man who obviously studied.