(TargetLiberty.org) – The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), sparked controversy earlier this month when it launched an investigation into one of its professors for allegedly using racist language in class. The twist in the tale was the professor was quoting the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. – not a figure most people see as notably racist.
A white professor read Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which contains the N-word, to students.@UCLA is investigating and will hold a town hall for students to express their concerns.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 8, 2020
Lt. Col. (Retired) W. Ajax Peris, a USAF veteran who teaches political science, read out loud Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as part of a lesson on racism in America. Several students were unable to understand the context of Dr. King’s language or the fact that the words were King’s, not Peris’, and complained to the university, which launched an investigation of Peris.
Now the US Department of Education has written to UCLA’s chancellor, warning if the investigation continues, it may fine the college for “improperly and abusively” targeting a member of staff. The Department says the harassment of Peris violates the school’s own code of conduct and has demanded the school turn over all its evidence to federal investigators within 30 days.
It looks like some common sense may finally prevail.
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