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Petition Demanding Black Students Be Exempt From Failing Grades Has 1,300 Signatures

When Columbia Law School let Black students postpone their final exams because they might be “traumatized” by recent protests, they really let the cat out of the bag.

Now students at Oberlin College, one of the most liberal college in the country are demanding African-American students be completely exempt from failing this semester because they’re so deeply affected in “times like this.”

So far, the Ohio college has said they will allow professors to exercise “flexibility” in “emergency incomplete requests,” but has not given a flat out “pass” to all Black students.

This is making students really whiny. In a poorly written petition to Oberlin President Marvin Krislov – that has more than 1,300 signatures – the students lay out their “demands:”

Petition for Marvin Krislov to Suspend Standard Grading System

I would really like to see the normal grading system suspended for this semester and replaced with a no-fail mercy period. Administrators should require professors to exercise complete flexibility in what students are saying they can produce academically. Require that every professor listen to what their students are saying and if that means rather than writing a paper students instead meet with their professor to simply discuss in groups their paper topics or if tests are taken collectively with professors there are ways to make sure we are learning what we are supposed to be learning in ways that are not so taxing in times like this. Students in this moment should have complete access to alternative modes of learning while we process what’s happening. Basically, no student especially black students and students of color should be failing a class this semester. A “C” should be the lowest grade students can receive this semester. Professors should be required to work with students, who would otherwise be at risk of failing, to create alternate means of accessing knowledge. This is a – Petition for Marvin Krislov to Suspend Standard Grading System – sign if you agree!
Giving a free pass to Black students while requiring the standard academic rigor for everyone else? No, that doesn’t sound racist at all, does it?

Ironically, students cite Oberlin College’s graduation of its first Black student 19 years before the Emancipation Proclamation as evidence that the school should give Blacks a free pass now. That student, George B. Vashon, went on to become a professor at Howard University. Back in 1844, did Vashon get a “free pass” because things were so traumatic for Blacks? Of course not.

Anything less that equal academic standards and rigor for all students would set Oberlin backward, not forward.

And that these students don’t see that is very sad.

Source: Downtrend

78 comments

  • Lyle Dunn Jr. 3 days ago

    I call this racist….hold on..
    “Lets me ax you sumpin, wat up wit dat” go ahead and commit yourself to a life of ignorance…after all you can blame whitey later when you can’t get a job.and your shot by another ignorant ass whiney welfare bitch, of your own race

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    • herpderp 1 day ago

      Of course students would sign a petition to give them better grades. Just like they’d sign a petition to give them all free Ferraris.. If this shit passes, I’ve lost absolutely all hope for America.

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    • G.Fritz 12 hours ago

      *you’re

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    • 24 mins ago

      That really sums it up vary good Lyle don,t be smart just be black dat wa I says we ant ingnet

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  • Travis Bickle 3 days ago

    Tell me you’re frickin’ shatting me, please! Pretty soon, NO employer will hire a black knowing that their records are probably cooked, and blatantly fraudulent! [They’re] simply too stupid to see beyond today. (Hey, libbies, give them a participation trophy, while you’re at it!)

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  • 3 days ago

    Anything for a free ride lol

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  • jeff 3 days ago

    The travesty

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  • Charles Dewey 3 days ago

    Screw those poor BLACKS that are too damn stupid to pass their tests…Poor ignorant BLACKS…what about the WHITES that can’t pass the exams…OH…THAT IS RACIST…fuck you POOR DUMB ASS NIGGERS THAT ARE TOO FUCKING LAZY TO STUDY AND LEARN!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • John 2 days ago

      Tell the world how you really feel beyond the computer

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  • notthatstupid 3 days ago

    Seriously? What a crock of crap. I want to be exempt from hearing and seeing this type of ignorance. That goes right along with the rest of the racist indignations those of us who are not black have to put up with every day. The majority of whites are no where close to the level of implied racism we are accused of, as the flagrant racism shown by these particular black people that instigate this blatant display of entitlement seeking racism. Does anyone really know that only 5% of whites during slavery owned slaves. That means that 95% of white’s ancestors had nothing to do with slavery. That also means that 95% of whites are being wrongly accused of being the cause of keeping black people down and being racist. I also know that not all black people are this racist and not all black people agree with this crap either.

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  • Kirby 3 days ago

    The only place this is going will be in the trash can!!

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  • Oberlin Student 3 days ago

    This article is factually off-base, and the writers should be fired for publishing such inflammatory bullshit. I go to Oberlin College, and I can tell you that this petition wanted to suspend conventional grading for *all students,* not students of color. I am currently unsure of the literacy of the writers of this peice of garbage. The school denied the petition, but gave us emergency incompletes (which allow students more time to complete outstanding work, on a case-by-case basis), and extended the deadline to request pass/no pass grading (which doesn’t affect GPA). While I did not sign the petition, I think the measures the administration went to were prudent and fair. A LOT of students missed a LOT of class because of the recent grand jury decisions. The DC Beacon needs to get some journalistic integrity before it loses what little credibility it may have.

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    • Joe Dickey 3 days ago

      While you are on the extended “emergency” deadline, take the time to learn the very basic spelling rhyme most of us learned in the third grade: “I before E except after C.” Once learned, it will give your posts more credibility and not make your college appear to be accepting dumb asses because of some government inspired quota.

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      • Dallin 1 day ago

        http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-surfeit-of-weird-exceptions-to-the-i-before-e-rule/

        Except, that vernacular rule is a complete crock of shit.

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        • jaden62 20 hours ago

          That rule may have now been disproven, but you still can’t spell “piece”.

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      • Fuxxyourlies 19 hours ago

        So, aside from your issue with “i-before-e-except-after-c”, you have no problem with this bullshit, slanted article? Well, I guess this right-wingnut site has a certain audience, and you and some of these other ‘bacco-chewing, mouth-breathing cretins are it’s target. If you’re going to commit libel against a group, at least have your fuxxing facts right. Oh, how’s MY spelling and grammar?

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    • Phred 3 days ago

      “A LOT of students missed a LOT of class because of the recent grand jury decisions”. And what the hell does the recent grand jury decisions have to do with anybodies classes or jobs or for that matter anybodies lives except those directly affected. No work no pay… no test no passing grade F for U

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    • RGM 3 days ago

      A hack liberal arts college. That alone says it all. Sorry, defending any sliding of standards is pathetic regardless if race, creed, religion shows why this country is failing.

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    • Doug 2 days ago

      What does a situation that has nothing to do with anyone at the college have anything to do with their grades. Just because you did not like what happened does not mean you have the right to claim it interfered with your work. I go to college full time and wrote about it on several peoples blogs and vlogs. While reading all the testimony and autopsy reports how did this interfere with your work.

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      • ccnyr 1 day ago

        Precisely, thank you! If any student has a direct relationship with anyone directly involved, that’s one thing. But claiming special trauma from afar is ridiculous. I’m sure contemporary college students handled JFK, MLK, John Lennon, Reagan, and the Pope’s shootings without needing a “pass”.

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    • Dana 2 days ago

      Life is made up of choices, if YOU chose to go out and protest. and in doing so miss classes or tests, then you fail! It was your choice to not study, get that paper done, do what YOU knew needed to be done. If you are so “traumatized” by what is going on in the country then, you need to learn to pick your objectives and work toward them. If protesting is more important than getting good grades then you’ve gotten what you wanted. You do not get a mulligan for making a bad choice.

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    • William Lanning 2 days ago

      LMAO… that is even worse. Not only are you using a race card to get “a free pass” on grades this semester for minority students (what’s the matter… too much partying and not enough studying?), you ALSO want to personally ride on the coat tails of that race card. Here’s a thought (since you don’t seem to be capable of wrangling one up on your own and are dependent on being spoon-fed your opinion from your “progressive” profs)… start THINKING for yourselves. RECOGNIZE how idiotic the whole premise of a “grade requiem” is and ENTER the adult world, student.

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    • expat 11 hours ago

      Not a single student at Oberlin missed a single moment of class “because of the recent grand jury decisions.” They missed class because they decided to. Take responsibility for your decisions.

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  • 3 days ago

    I saw a black person last night so i should definitely be exempt from failing because I’m traumatized……I’m not a racist but I am tired of hearing about “white privilege” all the time when people preaching about it are pulling this stupid shit

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  • granny esti 3 days ago

    You know what bothers me the most is the African American men and women, boys and girls that are perfectly capable of living normal everyday lives. The doctors, lawyers, CEOs etc. and the kids that are doing really well in school. What are they going through with all this BS going on? Perfectly normal average everyday people who are productive in society.

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  • Charles Van Heck 3 days ago

    Since blacks are so easily upset let’s be more comphrehensive. Remove all blacks from the university. Give each a broom so that they are better equipped to do the work they are capable of. Expecting blacks to do university level work is racist.

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  • Shirley Doughty 3 days ago

    and they talk about “white privilege”? What in the world are they thinking. No wonder the blacks don’t want to study or work, when you hand everything to them on a silver platter. The only people who should be traumatized could possibly be the families of those people who have died. The rest needs to get back to their life and live it working or learning and begin to live WITH others not hating everyone.

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  • 3 days ago

    Ok enough with the pity pooty us I want a pass from college because a white cop died and it really dramatic for me unless your family or friend you don’t need a pardon from school suck it up buttercup

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  • candass 3 days ago

    Soooo do you want surgery done by some fraudulent quack that wasn’t allowed to get failing grades? Give me a freaking break!

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  • William 3 days ago

    Another reason to admire the libs. What a crock!

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  • Jeannette Kingery 3 days ago

    ANY student that feels they are too traumatized by the past events should be able to take a Drop/Fail grade in place of the written exam/term paper. They will be allowed to retake the course at another time and repeat the tuition as well. Those students who have stayed the course should not be penalized in their competition for grades with students who have dropped or failed to meet class requirements .

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  • Adopt Shelter Pets 3 days ago

    If I choose to watch 20 hours of movies instead of study, do I get a free good grade because I have a raging headache and am traumatized by what I saw? This is laughable, and I’m sure many of the petition signers are laughing at any idiot professor who falls for this. Failure builds character. The prof doesn’t GIVE the failing grade, the students who fail by not studying EARN it. Sorry, babies, no sympathy here.

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  • Yukiko 3 days ago

    That petition alone proves that the students of Oberlin need a more schooling not less.

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  • Tanmar Galettena 3 days ago

    Can any information from a “University” that professes such non-thinking psychopathy be legitimate?
    Anyone who profligates this nonsense does not have their head in the sand they have it up their a$$!
    People are waking up and word is getting out as to the illegitimacy of the so called “higher” education system.
    With this the “educators” are the victims of such new age BS.
    I’ll take my kids to Europe to learn thank you!

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  • 3 days ago

    Hooray!!!! dumb down the future for the sake of someone they never had a idea that existed till he assaulted a cop and got what he deserved…. I feel I deserve… A free paycheck. Now I’m starting a petition that we get free money from the fed cause in so traumatized by what I didn’t witness. Wa wa wa

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  • 3 days ago

    Give them all A’s …. let them go out in the workforce and get a job then get fired because of incontinence..

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    • Anon 2 days ago

      Yeah, they’ll literally be crapping themselves… incompetence*

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  • Joe 2 days ago

    What makes this any more traumatic than the hundreds of blacks that get killed at the hands of other blacks, in Chicago, every year?
    I would suggest that black students get over themselves and prove why you should be worthy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy. So far, I don’t even think you are worthy of the legacy of people who were emancipated and went on to vote and change our country. I’ve seen Inmates with more self worth than black students have.

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  • Adolf von Hitler 2 days ago

    This is bullshit. I barely even pass my anthropology class. but at least I studied enough not to fail!. These fucking white people going to a protest that has nothing to do with them want a easy way out, while the rest of us losing sleep and suffering from insomnia had to go thru cram session , just to have a passing grade. I have no sympathy for liars, cheaters, and now crybabies, who cant handle with reality. Im sorry, but thats just how life is. No work no pay.

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  • Ginny 2 days ago

    “Professors should be required to work with students, who would otherwise be at risk of failing, to create alternate means of accessing knowledge….”

    Otherwise, sort of an extended “no child left behind” for those who somehow, someway, managed to arrive at university.

    Perhaps, these weak-kneed, faint-hearted, fragile hot-house bloomers should take a nice, long ‘leave of absence’. Your tuition will still be on the clock, but take a job somewhere, so that you can get your mind off of the tedious task of the business of higher education. Oh, wait… that would be too close to “right”. “JOB”? Now that would be frightening.

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  • Rob Clary 2 days ago

    Nobody who truly cares about African Americans would ever propose such an absurd notion. What they’re saying is that black students are inferior and can’t pass.
    THAT’S RACISM!

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  • Robert 2 days ago

    1.The only way to find out if you learned something is by taking a test. 2.What is a diploma without the knowledge. 3.Where are you going to get the job if you have no qualification. (OK, I know. The Government).

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  • 2 days ago

    Is this fake or are people just this stupid?

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  • 2 days ago

    So they go to college with everyone elses money and now they want to quit???????? What a joke.

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  • 2 days ago

    Back in slavery days, the slaves were uneducated. It seems to me that they want to go backwards instead of forward. What is wrong with them. We all have some kind of trama in our lives. We don’t, ask for exceptions. This is plain stupid. Get over it.

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  • Scotty 2 days ago

    I have never seen a black person. I have seen many people of the Negroid persuasion. Lets just call them what they are, Negroids. That alone would make me go to class on test day. It is going to be really tough to call in sick to work because your sad. If you want to see real trauma and a case to phone it in go to the ER in Watts on any Friday night. Lazy Turds!

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  • Ciss 2 days ago

    The only real problem with this is it had nothing to do with them directly! So why should they be given special treatment? Sounds like a load of crap! maybe the white students should SUE for Discrimination!!

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  • Bob Pawson 2 days ago

    There is ONE sure and certain way to exempt yourself from failing grades.

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  • Donna 2 days ago

    LIFE does not let you be exempt. Not a good message our colleges are sending to these kids. Suck it up, buttercup.

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  • William Lanning 2 days ago

    Oh… look at all the “cute little racists” who believe their “inferior’ fellow students need to be exempted from being graded since they “obviously aren’t capable” of dealing with stress in their lives (real OR imaginary). Isn’t it nice to see these “compassionate” little “white folks” looking out for those students who aren’t “as capable” as their “superiors” are.
    What a crock of BS. Anyone being denigrated in this manner would (if they had any self-respect and integrity) bitch slap these little racist bastards all the way back to their “progressive” professors. It is enough to make one vomit.

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  • Roy Clark 2 days ago

    More excuses. Excuses why they can’t get jobs. Excuses why they can’t keep their families together. Excuses for robbing, killing, looting and generally behavior not tolerated by any race other than blacks. Excuses for a lack of respect for authority, or anyone else. Blacks have run out of excuses. You didn’t take you’re classes and you failed. Don’t worry you’re part of a race with no consequences. You’ll get government “help” and white people working day in and day out will pay for you’re life.

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  • Marleydude 2 days ago

    So, basically the people who are writing and supporting this are saying that they believe that black people cannot compete because they’re somehow inferior and require lower standards to level the playing field. Tell me again how conservatives are the racist?

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  • none 2 days ago

    White guy shoots a white guy no body cares, white guy shoots a black guy and vice versa the whole world hhas to hear about it

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  • James 2 days ago

    That’s the Most Fu*ked up think I ever heard!

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  • Bowie 2 days ago

    How odd. At one time it was against the law to teach blacks to read. Now it seems they want to dumb themselves down by passing them with a failing grade. Don’t they want to get ahead in the world? The only way is through an education.

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  • kat swigert 2 days ago

    So…they are saying Blacks aren’t as smart as White kids? A bit racist, isn’t it? Sort of an oxymoron of ’causes’. Okay…

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  • Matt 2 days ago

    If anybody receives an exemption, it should be reflected on their diploma and transcript with an asterisk (failed to meet requirements, however received an exemption). This might give employers and customers some insight when they are choosing between qualified individuals.

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  • T 2 days ago

    They should give all police officers children honor roll grades from pre k al the way to their PHD!!

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  • 1 day ago

    Oh for pity sake! This is ridiculous!

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  • thegeoguy 1 day ago

    If these students don’t understand how this sets them back centuries then there is little point in them receiving an education.

    Even if this were passed it would teach the students affected by it that work is accepted whenever you feel like turning it in, this is not how it works in the private sector and the idiots who believed this would work are in for a rude awakening.

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  • Hassan 1 day ago

    OH BOY!!!

    I am from Iran. I lived in the United States for more than 24 years. I too had my share of issues while I was studying in the United States. After revolution my country was dragged into an unwanted war with Iraq. While Iraq was bombing our cities and killing innocent people, Iranians overseas did not have the luxury of calling their loved ones to know if they were safe or not for a period of several weeks. I for one did not know for weeks if any of the bombs fell on my parents house or not but, never did I nor any other Iranians demanded such a request from our universities!

    Most of you black people with respect to others especially foreigners are lazy, self-centered, and narcissist. In the dormitory my roommate was black and we had about 4 more blacks on our floor. They were “ALL” the same! Lazy. They did not study and yet they wanted to pass the tests. I had more exposures to black classmates through out my study and it was almost “always” the same.
    Most of you black people look for EVERY opportunity to get stuff for free and weasel out of responsibility. You are ready to bring race into every argument in order to justify your shortcomings.

    Do you recall the big LA black out and the looting??? Lets not go that far back and recall the looting of Saint Louis business stores after the shooting several weeks ago. Should we go and talk about Jessie Jackson and how loud he was for every situation involving a black person until they busted his son!!! WOW!!!

    Remember if it were not for the cops who put their lives on the line every single day when they go out on duty, God only knows what would have happened in your neighborhood. I am sure at least you can figure that one out.

    The university could give you an extension but that is it! They should reject your stupid demand of giving you at least a “C”.

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  • Joe 1 day ago

    lena dunham graduated from oberlin – nuf said…

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  • Fire 1 day ago

    this is all a bunch of horse shit first blacks are pissed because whites wouldn’t let them in school. Now there pissed because they are held to the same standards as whites? You all need to get the fuck over the race card bull shit and either stay at the same standards as us white ppl or go back to the dam field if you don’t want an education. Neither of those black kids that got killed affect any of you other black ppl except there family’s. Let the dam families morn and quit acting like a bunch of fucking apes turning cars over ruining your own towns and business’s its fucking stupid if you wanted to be treated like ppl back in 1900-1950 then yall need to act like the ppl you want to be treated like or like I said get your black ass’s back in the fields like the dam animals your acting like cause the citizens the are law abiding don’t have to take this bull shit from you guys. And to the black Americans that are law abiding and not caught up in the stupidity I’m sorry about some of the words I used and how there used there not ment for you there ment for the ppl acting like morons.

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  • 1 day ago

    What about the black people that didn’t protest ? The ones that actually went to class, and took the tests ?
    Are they is the wrong for going on with their lives ?

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  • tommie 1 day ago

    I think all the Muslims ans Blacks should be put on a very large ship taken to the middle of the ocean and sank.

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  • Jimmy 1 day ago

    give them ALL INCOMPLETES!!!

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  • PavePusher 1 day ago

    These emo bints need to attempt aerial fornication with a rotationally transiting toroidal pastry.

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  • zuluqueen 1 day ago

    this is effed up mess. no one should get free grades for ANY reason. this is pure racism. one more reason to have whites, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, all pissed off at each other

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  • Gregg Bopp 1 day ago

    Does that go for the children of police officers ??

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  • David tirrell 14 hours ago

    did the students in New York City get a free pass on 911 the white students the yellow students or the brown students or the human students god I’m going to scream

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  • FedUpLibBS 2 hours ago

    From this day forward, I will personally visit the office of any Lawyer, I’m considering to employ… if they have a Columbia Diploma dated anywhere from 2014 to 2018 … I will do One thing … RUN!!!!!!

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  • FedUpLibBS 2 hours ago

    This is not IGNORANCE … it’s TERMINAL STUPIDITY!!! Ignorance is Curable … this kind of Stupidity is NOT. I just pray it’s not CONTAGIOUS.

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