Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 10 June 2020

UCLA investigates lecturer for reading Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ – MLK would weep at what is going on

The University of California Los Angeles is investigating a white lecturer for using Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in a lesson on racism against African Americans.

That’s because the civil rights icon’s piece includes the “N-word,” and the lecturer also showed a documentary which included descriptions and images of lynchings ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ in a lesson on racism against African Americans.

That’s because the civil rights icon’s piece includes the “N-word,” and the lecturer also showed a documentary which included descriptions and images of lynchings.

The Washington Free Beacon obtained an email from UCLA Political Science Chair Michael Chwe in which he and two others in his department “condemned lecturer W. Ajax Peris’s use of the racially incendiary word,” and for continuing to show the documentary after students complained.

“Many students expressed distress and anger regarding the lecture and the lecturer’s response to their concerns during the lecture,” Chwe’s letter reads, which is co-signed by Lorrie Frasure and Chris Tausanovitch, the vice chairs for graduate and undergraduate studies respectively. “We share students’ concerns that the lecturer did not simply pause and reassess their teaching pedagogy to meet the students’ needs.”

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