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
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.