American Indian Prof Pulled From Classroom After Discriminating Against White Student

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A school pulled an American Indian professor who discriminated against a white student from the classroom, according to a Monday report.

San Diego State University suspended American Indian lecturer Oscar “Ozzie” Monge from teaching three American Indian writing rhetoric sections after he threatened to lower white student Crystal Sudano’s grade when she expressed support for the school’s Aztec mascot, reported The College Fix.

Monge “is not teaching any classes this spring semester,” SDSU spokeswoman Jill Esterbrooks told The Fix. The California Department of Justice had previously found Monge guilty of racial discrimination, racial harassment and racial retaliation.

The American Indian lecturer is a vocal advocate for trashing SDSU’s Aztec mascot, which he said represents cultural appropriation. Monge said Sudano’s braided hair represented cultural appropriation over Facebook, and called the student racist for wearing a t-shirt portraying the mascot. (RELATED: American Indian Prof Threatened White Student Over Support Of Aztec Mascot)

“The AS (Associated Students) is something else that confuses me…the way it’s structured, the way it runs and how damned white it is,” Monge told the student, critiquing the organization that had voted to keep the mascot.

The lecturer also critiqued Sudano’s use of the phrase “totem pole” when the white student said everyone’s opinions should be heard “no matter how low on the totem pole you are.” Monge’s behavior caused Sudano to withdraw from his class, according to the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Monge retaliated against Sudano…after she complained to [him] about his discriminatory and harassing conduct, and appeared to undermine Monge’s thesis in the mascot resolution debate,” California DOJ officials said. “Monge told Sudano that her grade would be lowered, ultimately causing her to seek a constructive withdrawal from [his] class.”

“It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil,” Monge told investigators, denying misconduct.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to SDSU for further comment, but received none in time for press.

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