“As a leading scholar and author in the areas of race, class, gender, culture, and the South, Dr. Zandria Robinson’s comments are sometimes provocative, controversial, and debatable. Dr. Robinson was hired for a faculty position in the Rhodes Anthropology & Sociology Department that calls for expertise in particular areas, specifically gender studies and social movements. Her expertise in these areas, her extensive understanding of the complex problems of race in American society, her deep roots in the Memphis area, and many years of successful teaching experience, made her an attractive candidate for the position.”
—Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, announcing that it has hired racist Zandria Robinson as a member of the faculty. Robinson had been kicked off the faculty of neighboring University of Memphis after repeatedly condemning whites, writing that “whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror, ” and tweeting that she did not want her daughter to attend a university with “snotty privileged white'”students.”
Two simple words suffice to describe the ethical, indeed mandatory response to this: WALK OUT. No white student should debase herself or himself by paying a cent of tuition to an institution with this total absence of respect and regard for them as human beings. No black student whose conscience and sense of decency hasn’t been thoroughly rotted through by being taught and indoctrinated by mentors and teachers like Robinson should remain either. This isn’t diversity, and it isn’t academic freedom. It is an endorsement of racism.
Rhodes isn’t a responsible school, though, or a competent one. It is deluded. Here is the rest of its jaw dropping announcement of its new, white-hating scholar:
When Dr. Robinson was previously at Rhodes during the 2008-2009 academic year, she was well received by students who appreciated her ability to challenge them to think about society with fresh eyes.
Dr. Robinson has an extensive and impressive body of scholarship that provides clarity and context to the sound bite world of social media.
Telling students that they should hate and fear whites, or, if they are white, subject themselves to abuse, disrespect and discrimination provides clarity, all right. It makes it very clear that an institution that hires such a professor should be shunned, shuttered and emptied.
This situation ultimately shines a light on Rhodes as a place where intellectual engagement and the exchange of ideas are among our highest priorities.
No, it shines a light on Rhodes as a place led by fools, who hire fools, and will graduate fools and nothing but. For no student who would attend a school that would proudly hire a professor like Zandria Robinson could be anything but a fool, or, of course, a racist.
A degree from Rhodes College should guarantee unemployment. Kudos to the first business owner who says so.
Please, God, don’t let it be Donald Trump!
Pointer: Res Ipsa loquitur
Facts: Daily Mail