An accounting professor at UCLA stated he filed a lawsuit in opposition to the college after it put him on go away and allegedly threatened to fireplace him for not grading Black pupil’s extra leniently than their friends.
“Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers,” Gordon Klein wrote in an op-ed titled, “Why I Am Suing UCLA.”
The ordeal started, in response to Klein, on June 2, 2020, eight days after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. A white pupil emailed Klein asking for a “no harm” ultimate for Black college students, that means low grades wouldn’t be counted, in response to “unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.”
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Klein described the proposal as “deeply patronizing and offensive” to Black college students and stated the e-mail left him “shocked.”
He then responded to the coed, who was not named, saying: “Are there any students that may be of mixed parentages, such as half black half-Asian?”
“What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they are probably especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might possibly be even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not,” he recounted within the op-ed, including that he additionally included a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
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His response was slammed by college students as racist, and a petition circulated calling for his termination that garnered about 20,000 signatures over two days, he stated.
The dean of UCLA’s enterprise college launched an investigation, put him on go away and almost terminated him, in response to Klein.
“It was around that time that I started to receive death threats on voicemail and email. One email, dated June 11, read: ‘You are a typical bigoted, prejudiced and racist dirty, filthy, crooked, arrogant Jew k–e mother f–ker! Too bad Hitler and the Nazis are not around to give you a much needed Zyklon B shower,’” Klein wrote.
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Klein stated he was reinstated after almost three weeks of suspension, “But this story is not over.”
“You see, most of my income comes not from teaching at UCLA but from consulting to law firms and other corporations. Several of those firms dropped me after they got wind that I’d been suspended — the better to put distance between themselves and a ‘racist.’ That cost me the lion’s share of my annual income. The students involved in this escapade may have moved on to other causes. I have not. I’m not sure I ever will,” he defined, saying he filed go well with in opposition to the University of California system.
UCLA didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’s request for remark.
“No employee should ever cower in fear of his employer’s power to silence legitimate points of view, and no society should tolerate government-sponsored autocrats violating constitutional mandates,” he added.
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