In a display of irony, black students studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London are discriminating against professors because of their skin colour.
According to The Daily Mail, “said under-representation of black people among the teaching staff, relative to the student body, made students feel 'isolated', unable to engage with their studies and lecturers.”
These comments were taken from interviews with students by the SOAS Student Union and submitted in a report asking why less black and minority ethnic (BME) students achieve 2:1 or first class degrees than their white counterparts.
The report claimed that “confidence and engagement during their studies is affected by 'racial exclusion and discrimination in the learning and teaching environment.” It also blamed a “white curriculum” and being “excluded” from discussions.
“Some felt it unrealistic to expect their white tutors to be able to empathise with their problems, especially those who had experienced racial abuse in comparable settings in the past,” the report said.
Sir Anthony Seldon, 63, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University found the report ridiculous. “White people can't teach BME students? Really? I think this claim is unfair and untrue and disrespectful to universities and members of staff. We are human beings, first, second, third, fourth, fifth,” he said.
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