January 30, 2014

The decline of American higher ed continues

God help me, as my daughter is a college sophomore: Rutgers University course uses Beyoncé as a tool to discuss race, gender and sexuality

The class instructor, Kevin Allred, is a white, male PhD student and lecturer in Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” he says. “Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics.”

Wait a second -- Allred is a white male?? How dare he presume to instruct others about a black woman!!!

Considering Allred’s race and gender, he often gets questioned for his ‘lack‘ of qualifications. “Of course, there are people who’ll say, ‘You’re not black. You’re not a woman,’” he says. “It’s something I’m always questioning and staying aware of so as not to overstep any bounds or make any claims for a group that I don’t belong to. It’s a fine line and I want to remain respectful of that.”

Oh, I bet you do, Kev. In the "progressive" (and academic) world of group-think, you'd better always be cognizant of that. I'm still amazed you've been permitted to teach the damn "course" in the first place, considering your gender and hue.

Posted by Hube at January 30, 2014 07:03 PM | TrackBack

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Theorizing this out; a black woman can't teach Hemingway or Shakespeare or many other writers. ANY American under the age of 60 can't teach about Vietnam and no one over the age of 40 can teach digital communications

Posted by: Arthur at January 31, 2014 02:46 PM

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