Education

Ivy League Teaching Assistant Says She Calls On Black Women First, White Men Last

An Ivy League teaching assistant tweeted Monday that she calls on black female students first and white male students last.

“I will always call on my black women students first. Other POC [people of color] get second tier priority. WW [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant Stephanie McKellop said in a tweet from an account linked to her name that has now been protected.

McKellop said that an “amazing” professor taught her that policy during her undergraduate career.

“In normal life, who has the easiest time speaking, most opportunities? Flip it,” she said in another tweet.

“The classroom is the place YOU get to control social setting,” the TA continued. “Prioritize and encourage voices who are talked over most often.”

McKellop is a marriage and family historian “with interests intersecting in areas of gender, sexuality, the body, and race.” She examines how marriage intersects with prostitution and human trafficking, and is currently focusing on folk and popular marriage and divorce conflicted with state and church powers in colonial Carolina.

The TA asserted that UPenn prevented her from attending lecture with her students Wednesday and cancelled the students’ classes with her for the week, according to Chronicle. She also claimed that the university would publish a press release regarding her Thursday, but the school has not yet released one at the time of this article’s publication.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to McKellop to corroborate whether she indeed made the remark on Twitter, as well as to UPenn for comment, but received none in time for press.

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