Shannon Gibney, a black female professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, has been hit with a racial discrimination complaint, according to Salon. Gibney has now been formally reprimanded by schools officials for creating a “hostile learning environment”.
“Why do we have to talk about this every class? Why do we have to talk about this?” one of them allegedly asked her.
“His whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner—as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class—that this is unfortunately the context of 21st-century America,” Gibney said in an interview with City College News.
Another student joined in to complain about the topic.
“Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
Gibney then informed the students that they could file an official complaint with the school’s legal affairs department.
Along with Gibney, six other professors are filing a federal class action lawsuit against the college alleging that it is a discriminatory workplace.