African American Studies Prof Targeted for New Class
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 10/6/2017, 9:58 a.m.
The director of the African American studies program at the University of Montana has been targeted for teaching a new class: “White Supremacy History/Defeat,” reports the Root. Professor Tobin Miller Shearer says a flyer he put up detailing the new class was recently replaced by a sign that advertises a new, made up class: “Black Nationalism History/Defeat.” The Missoulian reports that Shearer first noticed the change Thursday morning. The professor said he was disturbed by the amount of time it must have taken to mimic his flyer. Shearer told the paper that although he isn’t surprised by the incident, “I am disturbed by this.” The professor reportedly landed on a national “Professor Watchlist” by Turning Point USA, a conservative group, for promoting a “radical agenda” and discriminating against conservative students. One detail that stuck out to him about the fake course flyer was that his name had been substituted out and replaced by the former head of the African American studies department. “It’s at best someone who knows the history of the program. At worst, it’s another faculty member who knows the history,” Shearer said.