The Lone Black Professor at Grove City College Speaks Out
A firsthand account about the anti-CRT crusade led by the Board of Trustees Sub-Committee
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During my trip to Grove City College I met a few people of color who had invited me and were excited about my visit. Cedric Lewis was one of them.
Lewis is the only Black person teaching at the college right now. He teaches a course called EDUC 290 or “Cultural Diversity and Advocacy.” His class is one that came under fire in the anti-CRT report published by a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees.
According to the sub-committee, the class was “ideologically one-sided and effectively promoted pop-CRT.” They cite as evidence readings assigned from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
Also according to the report, the course “represented 0.07% of all classes taught and 0.03% of all students taught at GCC during this academic year.” That’s just 15 students during the two times it was offered.
A few days after the report came out, Cedric Lewis boldly spoke about his experience and the report on social media.
He mentions the minuscule number of Black people working at the school which gives context for the experience of people of color there.
Lewis also critiques “the level of research, logic and conclusions” of report saying that they would “not be accepted by most of the faculty from their undergraduate students.”
It is incredibly costly for Black people who are already in a tiny minority to speak up at all, let alone to do so publicly. We should listen carefully to their perspectives and how people with power in their institutions respond.
Read the whole thread HERE.