Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a university professor in California has developed a doctrinal-level, online course that has generated as much controversy as it has interest.
San Diego State University professor J. Luke Wood created the course “Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education.” Open to the public in October, the free online course will feature guest speakers who will discuss how black men are undervalued in the classroom.
Day Gardner of Project 21, a network of black conservatives, questions the validity of that premise.
“It seems that they can just make up stuff and they don’t have to have anything to back it up at all – no statistics, nothing to back it up. They can just do whatever they want,” she tells OneNewsNow. “It’s like the colleges – and the liberals especially – just go along with it, like Okay, that’s fine.”
The controversy stems from the fact that Wood will be using leaders in the BLM movement, some of whom have been blamed for inciting violence. In addition, the professor has stated he was motivated to develop the course because “nearly all educators are racist” – a remark he later said had been taken out of context.
Gardner sees the course as nothing but a recruitment tool for the BLM movement.
“This is not the activism of Dr. Martin Luther King. This is a whole brand-new animal here because they are very violent. They actually silence anyone who has a difference of opinion,” says Gardner. “That’s why it’s imperative that all of us stand very strongly against this type of thing.”
Wood says the course has more than 100 live broadcast and replay sites at schools and community centers throughout the nation. Among the scheduled speakers are Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement; and Ilyasah Shabazz, the activist daughter of Malcom X.
The president of the College Republicans at SDSU has asked that the school “distance itself” from the course, arguing it’s an example of taxpayer money being used to fund a political campaign.