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Penn State professor compares Ku Klux Klan to state’s new voter ID laws

A controversy has erupted at Penn State University flagship campus after film studies professor Matt Jordan juxtaposed news footage of last year’s debate over the state’s new voter ID laws into the final scene of the movieThe Birth of a Nation to prove that the new laws are ‘disenfranchising’ the commonwealth’s minority voters.

When asked by conservative student Victor Schleich if the juxtaposing was intentional, Jordan admitted that he was attempting to sway his students against supporting the law:

On Jan 10, 2013, at 2:59 PM, Victor Schleich wrote:
There was something at the end of class today that greatly concerned me. Towards the end of class we were going over the film THE BIRTH OF A NATION. The final shot we saw was a scene where a number of the KKK members were scaring black men back into their homes signifying voter suppression. I had no problem displaying that scene with the proper context that it was incredibly racist and that the content was unacceptable. However, as class was ending there was footage on the screen of news coverage concerning the issue of voter ID laws and commentary suggesting that these laws were new minority voter suppression. John Stewart even made references that these were the new horsemen of intimidation when it came to minorities voting. Now, in the context of the film we had discussed I can’t help but see this display as an attempt to equate a voter ID law to actions taken by the KKK. If this was the intention of that footage then this is is incredibly offensive. However, I hope this is simply a misunderstanding. 

Schleich’s suspicions were confirmed when Professor Jordan replied back with the following message:

On Jan 10, 2013, at 3:12 PM, Matt Jordan wrote:
Victor

I was – indeed – trying to elicit moral comparisons with this juxtaposition, given that the KKK was behind voter suppression in the 1880s and 1920s, by splicing that clip in there. I am sorry that you find that offensive, but I find disenfranchizing [sic] minority and elderly voters based on specious arguments about voter fraud (which multiple studies have shown to be trumped up and, indeed, many of the architects of these laws have all but admitted were purely designed to suppress the vote) equally offensive in a country predicated on one person, one vote.
I don’t think I equated them, but I certainly want you all to think about it. I am sorry that you find this work of challenging you all to think offensive.

Matt Jordan
Associate Professor
Dept. of Film/Video and Media Studies
College of Communications
Penn State University

As Young America’s Foundation noted, Jordan’s class – COMM 150 Intro to Film Studies – “is supposed to examine attitudes and assumptions about film as well as ‘the role cinema–and, especially, narrative film–plays in relating individuals to the values and assumptions of their culture’,” something which he clearly failed to do by brainwashing the students with his own political agenda.

Republican Governor Tom Corbett signed the voter ID legislation into law last March. The law requires all Pennsylvania residents to provide a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, as proof of identity when voting in local, state or federal elections.

While Pennsylvania Democrats strongly opposed the legislation, 70 percent of Americans – including majorities of individuals across the political spectrum – approve of voter ID laws according to a Fox News Poll conducted last April.

Naturally, the ACLU and other minority organizations were up in arms over the new laws, arguing that they prevent urban voters – especially those in the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – from voting. While the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had been issuing free state IDs to adults who didn’t previously have one, a state appeals court ruled in early October that there wasn’t enough time between March and November for those in need of a government ID to vote to obtain one.

Pennsylvanians will be required to provide proof of identification in the form of a government-issued photo ID in all future elections.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Well having been one to come of age during the 60′s and having to drop out of school at the 9/10th grade level at 16 yrs old and go to work full time to support myself then being drafted and doing my sentence in Vietnam coming home wounded with 2 purple hearts and a medical discharge I tossed all of my military crap into the trash forgot about the past and went to work . Started a business and raised 3 children as a single parent . and having seen true injustice all I can say is These clowns aka Professors have not a clue a bunch of overly educated and underly experienced fools .. Talking about anyone disenfranchised is just ludicrous to say the least .

    What more can anyone give people as a group , They have been pushed up front and too the heard of all the lines given this and taken that and doing nothing more to help themselves .. I’ve seen nothing happen since 1965 with any of the changes needed with in the communities except for more violence and killings and drug usage . They have affirmative action that I had to compete e against with job bids and contract they get all of the testing standards lowered to almost nothing to acquire their Plumbing or electrical journeyman’s cards to get good paying jobs and I have had many to come into my shop to ask for a job tell them what they have too do and never saw them again all I got was you are just keeping a brother down.. Then only a few weeks later be called in by the section 8 people in the city and go to their apartments in the freezing snow and ice to fix their furnaces that the state and city welfare was paying for and they sat their drinking a 40 laughing about how whitey was working for them..

    Bottom line is at some point you have to get off of your lazy butts and go out and do something legal to make / earn a living And what the kicker is the parents are paying for this social brainwashing . But again I had to pay for the full ride at William and Mary for my child to attend and I know of many who got it free and also got in with SAT;s that my child would have been laughed out of the room with . All we are doing is lowering the performance standards of this country so low we can not compete any longer Professor.

    And on a last note you talk about the KKK are you speaking from any real experiences or just the Hollywood propaganda you have been fed or by your brainwashing liberal professors ? as for voting disenfranchisement LOL I wonder how long a couple of white men in Philly. could stand on the steps of a voting precinct and make Blacks or browns turn around and walk off in fear of being beaten with the batons being waived in their faces like the two new black panthers did on the news film in Philadelphia on 08 ? What do you have to say about that seems that was O.K with you and many like you as well as the DOJ . or the slicing of peoples tires too keep them from going to vote Or some black men coming into your yard tearing down your sign for a conservative party candidate and threating to beat you if you came out to go vote ..

  2. Vangrungy says:

    Interesting factual tid bit

    Woodrow Wilson, father of modern Democratic Party Progressivism, showed Birth of a Nation at the White House.

    The Democratic Party still views blacks as inferior..

    1. Roger Mitchell says:

      Woodrow Wilson was a Klansman. as was several other presidents like theses great men many would call them . Warren G. Harding,, McKinley, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry S. Truman.as well as a few Supreme justices Now if the DOJ and FBI would move on the newer more deadly and violent minority gangs and Black panthers and break them up as they did the KKK But don’t hold your breath Professor’s

  3. Bgmad2004 says:

    I have to say this doesn’t surprise me. College campuses have become bastions of lefist brain-washing and this has been progressing (pun intended) over many decades. It’s sad, for the future of our country, that the brain-washing is getting worse. There needs to be a reversal of this trend…I don’t know how bad it will be when my kids get to college-age but I’m dreading that day.

  4. Mom says:

    Way to go Vic! Don’t let the leftist liberals dictate your thinking. Proud that you didn’t fall for the propaganda and didn’t fall for the prof’s brainwashing technique

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