Students at an Oregon college got half of the white authors removed from an introductory humanities course, but now want the rest gone, too.
Protesters from campus group Reedies Against Racism and affiliated causes disrupted Humanities 110: Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean, for a year and a half before Reed College altered the course’s syllabus to replace half of its white authors with non-white ones, reported The College Fix on Monday.
Reed currently teaches works from Athens and Rome during the first semester of the course, followed by Harlem and Mexico City authors for the second half. But Reedies Against Racism wants the Athens-Rome segment replaced.
“Reed freshmen will still receive the message that learning about white culture is more urgent and foundational to a college education,” the group complained on Facebook. Reedies Against Racism suggest that the school teach authors from Jerusalem and Cairo instead of Athens and Rome.
“The African and Middle Eastern texts that past Reed activists fought for—including Gilgamesh and the Egyptian love poems—will be cut from the syllabus in exchange for the inclusion of Mexico City and Harlem,” the activists explain. “As a result, the first semester of Humanities 110 will become actually less diverse than it was before, because all of the non-white texts in the course will be taught after the Greek and Roman content, during the second semester.”
Students protesting Humanities 110 began with silent sit-ins, but escalated to disrupting lectures, screaming at students, and boycotting the class.
Reedies Against Racism “are well within their rights to advocate for what they want, but it doesn’t mean they are going to get everything they want,” college spokesman Kevin Myers told The Fix.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Reed for additional comment but received none in time for press.
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