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”.

Three white male students were sitting in Gibney’s Introduction to Mass Communication class when the topic of structural racism came up.

“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.

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  • folasade

    Translation ‘always’ meaning at all. Meaning why do we have to talk about it at all. Now in their defensive if she said something untrue ‘ all white men are racists, your grandfather enslaved my grandfather’ which may or may NOT be true file a law suit if you feel you have been ‘discriminated against’ somehow to thses men discriminated means if we dont talk about white people everyday ALL the time. we must ALWAYS talk about topics of interest to them, if it doesnt apply to them we cant talk about it. So talking about black people in a class that white people ‘own’is discriminatory bc after all its ALWAYS about them, since they own this country and the class. There should be no hostility to ANY student. If they are being threatened and can not attend by all means but saying we cant talk about racism is being spoiled. Boo hoo.

  • @SoPrissy

    I can’t believe she had the nerve to say those things in class

  • thetruth

    Those are the type of white dudes who black women put on pedestals.

    • 9Boots

      @ thetruth

      …and BM treat BW so wonderful? So wonderful that BW are even treated better then Asian and white women. All the women in America look forward to the day they can achieve the level of gold star protection and love that BM give to BW.

  • Pat Spencer

    I have never considered myself prejudice but I am currently working with 2 black females who treat me unfairly and one of them does everything she can to push part of her job to me. Not to other people but to me. In turn I now find that I am becoming prejudice against all blacks. I am mid age and never felt this way before. Having people who are black act like this, and I would feel the same if they were white, is a disgrace to the black population and if they are white and behave like this, they too are a disgrace to the white population. I am thinking of filing a white against black discrimination suit.

  • Another Victim of Discrimination ~ Benedictine University Lisle IL

    Unfortunately, there are some instructors that truly don’t care about their students and don’t have their best interest at heart. My daughter graduated valedictorian from high school and is a white blonde hair blue eyed young lady. Upon entering BU she was in the scholars program and decided to opt out because of a mandatory foreign language requirement. She headed out of a 191 course into a 104 level course and ran directly into a Professor that discriminated against her due to her race and appearance. She reached out to the instructor on several occasions asking for clarification on several assignments and didn’t take time to sit down with her until the last 3 weeks of the semester although she has asked for assistance several times before. At the time of her meeting she had an A in his class and explained the final paper worth 25% would determine her final grade in the glass. At the conclusion of the meeting my daughter was told by the instructor that had she handed that paper in she would receive a C-. I called and left message for the professor on 3 separate occasions asking for clarification on the assignment and to voice my concerns that he was MIA all sememster long for my daughter. HE NEVER CALLED BACK. Needless to say she was shocked and took dubious notes to rewrite the final paper. She spent hours reworking the paper and when she got the final paper back, it was actually a lower grade than the original. Immediately we had another instructor grade the paper and she deemed the paper “very well written”, but said she couldn’t give a letter grade because the department had asked her not to. Just so you understand my daughter graduated High School with a 5.55 GPA and received $7,000 in outside scholarships ALL ESSAY based. My daughter then emailed the instructor to inform him she was appealing the grade and again he didn’t respond. A month and a half later she finally tracked him down and explained she was appealing that grade, that she had done exactly what he asked, and that she didn’t deserve a C. He responded “well there is a first for everything, I have never had a student appeal a grade, and you can do what you want your grade will not change.” My daughter responded, “I guess there is a first for everything, I have never received a C- on an essay. I graduated valedictorian with a 5.55 GPA from high school.” He responded “what school was that?” He was demeaning and demoralizing all semester long and the university has done nothing to correct his behavior. I want to file a complaint against the university.