By Anonymous –
(Editor’s note: We have verified this 18-year-old Georgia college sophomore’s identity and her documentation. In the interest of balance, we will present a future essay from a self-identified “liberal” student.)
I attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. I thought I had already met my quota of overly-aggressive liberal teachers. My conservative views had caused me problems in high school, but in college I found an environment that can only be described as repressive, vindictive and dogmatic in the extreme.
Let me start by giving one example of the absurdities the conservative student at the University of Georgia has to put up with in silence, for fear of academic retaliation. Walking into my “Latino Literature” course I was amazed when I saw two unknown Hispanics. My professor introduced them as “undocumented students” rather than “illegal immigrants”– a phrase which our professor had warned us would not be tolerated in class and would earn retribution. She lectured us on their “heroic struggles” without even remotely discussing the illegality of their situations. One student in the class, who is Cuban, decided to speak up. After confronting the teacher for supporting illegal immigration and teaching anti-American sentiment, our professor asked him to stay after class and ended up penalizing his grade.
This was my first encounter with threats against exercising free speech followed up by punishment for those expressing their views.
Unfortunately, this event would not to prove to be an isolated one. It was only a foretaste of a “Politically Correct” smorgasbord that is served up not only at UGA but also at the satellites in the University System of Georgia.
My next encounter took place in a so-called political science class. This class was offered at a community college in the University System. I refrain from identifying it as I, like many of my peers, am afraid of retaliation.
On the first day of class all of the students were forced to play a game entitled “The Privilege Game.” Unsurprisingly all of the white males ended up winning the game. The teacher went on to ask these innocent boys why they thought they had won. The first boy said, “I don’t know. I guess because I’m white I get it easier than minorities.” This pleased my professor. The second boy said, “I guess because my parents make more money than the other students in the class.” This was not the answer the professor was looking for. The professor became so angry that she went off on a rant about how he was “ignorant to think his race and gender did not contribute to his parent’s wealth. How dare he think his parents earned their money by working and saving their money!”
This college professor bullied an innocent student for refusing to agree that “white privilege” extended to poor whites as well as wealthy ones. Some days later into the summer semester, we were playing a game that taught us about the various roles dictated to the federal, state, and local governments. My group was “state,” and we had to come up with ideas why every government-aspect should be handled on the state level. We were debating the fact that Georgia should not have to pay for California’s earthquakes. When the professor could not come up with any other way to justify the ludicrous idea of Georgians paying for California’s natural disaster fund, she resorted to an ad hominem. An ad hominem, of course, is an attack on an opponent’s character rather than by an answer to the contentions made.
My professor hissed at me, “Not all of us are white, selfish Republicans.” I was astonished. Not only had my teacher stifled my right to free speech but had attacked my race and political affiliation. If I had been a minority I could have ruined that teacher’s career. It is a sad fact that I underwent racial discrimination that day. Now I was the one who had been bullied, mocked and marginalized. After that experience I did not feel comfortable participating in classroom activities for fear that my grade would suffer the consequences.
The people of Georgia need to be aware that this is routine. I can cite other examples but space does not permit.
Something needs to be done to remove these oppressive educators. These professors are intimidating students and creating an atmosphere of fear that stifles free thought and expression. Many of the students are impressionable and they are being trained like Pavlov’s dogs to salivate at any hint of a non-PC frame of mind.
Some may say that an anonymous essay should be disregarded. That is true in a free society. Sadly it is not true in the University System of Georgia. I hope other students will come forward and tell their stories.