Despite Criticism, This University Will Teach A BLM Course This Fall
The "Black Minds Matter" course at San Diego University is attracting some controversy.
August 30, 2017 at 10:44 pm
It's that time of year again: the start of a new academic year.
College students around the globe have begun deciding which college courses they'll enroll in. It's not easy: you've got to figure out what time of day is best to take the class, which professor won't bore you half to death and whether or not the class will fulfill your graduation requirements.
One university has a new class on offer that school officials are sure will be popular.
San Diego State University will launch a course called "Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education," the Associated Press reports.
The weekly course will be held online, and was inspired by — you guessed it — the Black Lives Matter movement.
Professor J. Luke Wood, one of the creators of the course, said "The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on two invariable facts. First, that black boys and men are criminalized in society and second that their lives are undervalued by those who are sworn to protect them."
The course will be taught through a series of lectures given by multiple speakers discussing how black male students are treated in educational settings.
However, not everyone is pleased by the new course.
Gun rights advocate and member of the Firearms Policy Coalition in Sacramento Craig DeLuz told the AP that BLM is a militant group that shouldn't be given any attention by a public, taxpayer-funded university.
"The biggest concern is they are offering a course based on the Black Lives Matter movement which has promoted violence and segregation and has really little to do with education, let alone presenting a positive image of education," DeLuz said.
DeLuz, who is also a member of the Robla Elementary School District board of trustees, said that he is putting together a group that will demand the class be cancelled.
In response to the criticism, SDSU has released a statement saying that the course "has a racial justice focus, directly aligned with the mission of the joint doctoral program in education. This program focuses on social justice, democratic schooling, and equity, as well as the research of the faculty who teach in it."
SDSU is one of the few universities that offer courses related to BLM. Others include: New York University, the University of Miami and the University of Washington.
University officials say that the course will continue as scheduled. Enrollment in the course will open to the public in October.