Students enrolled in an Anthropology 101 Lab at the College of the Canyons may be sent to the dean’s office if they purport “identity-based stereotypes.”
According to the Physical Anthropology Lab syllabus, stereotyping someone “based on race, gender, ability, nationality, sexuality, or any other identity” is “considered an interruption and will a) be barred from participating in class, b) lose all participation points for the day, and c) referred to the Dean of Students.”
The two page syllabus, handed out to students on the first day of class, was accompanied with a White Privilege Checklist.
Standard indicators that students may hold white privilege include but are not limited to:
-I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
-I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.
-I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflection my race.
-I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
The course professor, Amanda Zunner-Keating, clearly doesn’t see the irony in punishing students who reference stereotypes while simultaneously stereotyping every white individual through the white privilege checklist. However, this doesn’t matter to Keating. She allegedly told students that she uses a Freirean teaching approach and that “we are all engaged in an oppressive power structure.” She followed this up with a quote from Paulo Freire: “The educator has the duty of not being neutral.”
Contrary to the social justice themes espoused by Keating, the course objectives are to “analyze behavioral and observational data with the Scientific Method to understand human and non-human primate biology and evolution” and well as to “demonstrate and apply knowledge of skeletal anatomy to primate, hominem, and modern human evolution.”
Red Alert Politics spoke with a student in the class who wishes to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation.
“She’s as far left as they come. On the first day of class she told us that race and gender are both social constructs and she’s made us repeat the latter back to her multiple times. She warned us that any comment she deemed racist or sexist would get us kicked out of class and suspended for two class periods, which would tank anyone’s grade since we only meet once a week,” the student told Red Alert Politics.
“I can’t help the feeling that I’ll be punished if I voice my conservative views… I wouldn’t be surprised if she thought all conservatives were racist, sexist, homophobic, bigots. I know my viewpoints aren’t welcome here,” he concluded.
Professor Keating did not return Red Alert Politics‘ request for comment.