White College Students Angry they originated in Africa

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A group of white students at Texas State University stormed out of anthropology class Friday after the professor explained all humans were descended from Africa.

The walkout caused heated debate with the remaining students chanting “Black lives matter” and criticizing the racist attitude of their classmates.

According to the students, Professor R. Jon McGee opened his class with a discussion on race, which then developed into an overview of the Black Lives Matter movement and the conclusion modern humans evolved in Africa.

Justine Lundy, a student present, told International Business Times that the discussion was met with derision by many, with a fellow student sarcastically replying “sure.”

This incident comes amid a wave of police killings against unarmed Black men. According to a Washington Post study, in 2015 alone around 965 people were fatally shot by U.S. police—with Black and Latino people disproportionately the victims.

Via TeleSur

P.S. Snopes disputes some of these details but it does not seem to me it disproved the story. – JC


Related video added by Juan Cole:

UCSD: “CARTA: Origins of Genus Homo – Steven Churchill: Southern Africa and the Origin of Homo”

26 Responses

  1. The Snopes story notes that the size of the class was 390 students and that something like 5 students walked out so doesn’t like a big incident.
    Is this really that newsworthy?
    I don’t doubt that really ugly acts of racism or violence are happening, but with all due respect this doesn’t seem lIke one of them.

  2. I said the same thing when I taught a Developing Nations course when I was studying for my doctorate (SUNY Buffalo) and all I got was a few raised eyebrows. Sadly I fear that times may have changed and more and more people in the US refuse to believe anything they don’t want to believe. And no expert opinion matters. Nor does scientific evidence.

  3. This event probably has its roots in Texas public school biology textbooks & curricula. Creationism is taught as “scientific creationism.” Darwin and evolution are being erased from schools.
    See the National Council for Science Education’s web page,
    link to ncse.com
    Maybe the students believe that Africans have the mark of Cain, or are descended from Noah’s bad son Ham. Those were very popular justifications of slavery.

  4. I am an archeology/anthropology student, and know (as much as we can know) the history of human development, and the “out of Africa” theory is well proved.

    But modern sociology *has nothing to do with any of that*!

    I admire and support #BLM, but it/they have nothing to do with ancient human evolution! They are a several year old social phenomenon and connecting them to Africa is borderline absurd.

    That said, students walking out of any such debate it just plain dumb.

    College is supposed to be a place of knowledge and enlightenment — or so I thought.

  5. Marion Delgado

    From the plants and terrain I saw in Cecille B. DeMille films, I can confidently assert that Man’s first home, Eden, was similar to Southern California.

  6. Perfect example of what to expect of the TX educational system. Also, the educational system in the southern states.

  7. Laurel Ackerson

    Goodness… if a college class was the first time they learned this, I feel badly for all the kids who won’t go to college! Hopefully they didn’t go to earth science class immediately thereafter…adding the crazy climate change hoax thing would have really ruined their day.

  8. Tina Braxton

    Colleges and universities need to stop accepting willfully ignorant, spoiled brats. Let them spend their lives cleaning toilets.

    • Rita Matthews

      It is Texas State University and maybe they are now forced to take homeschooled on the word of their parents who will say that their student was in the top 1% of their class. Texas government is very weird. Hopefully, the reasonable in Texas will vote them out and students will once more need to take SAT exams to show their proficiency, not the word of their mothers.

  9. Hardly a surprise; in several States the theory of evolution, the basis of biology, is not even taught, so that the students probably feel it is “only a theory” ie take it or leave it.

  10. The professor who taught the class says that this did not happen. Do you disbelieve Snopes just because you want to make a political point? You’re damaging your own credibility.

    From the professor:
    This is an introductory cultural anthropology class of 390 students. The topic of the day was concepts of race, and I mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement as an example of how race is an important issue in the U.S. But the main point of the discussion was the evidence for modern human origins in Africa based on mitochondrial DNA analysis. I did not see a large-scale walkout of students, I did not hear any chants of “Black Lives Matter” and there was no further class-wide discussion of the topic. In fact, no students approached me after class to talk about this. With 390 students it is possible that someone did not like the topic and walked out, but with that size class it is common for students to walk in and out of class and I do not question their reasons for doing so. Consequently, I have no basis on which to determine a student’s reasons for leaving class.

  11. I learned that when I was in jr. high school. It’s nice to know Texan university students are getting a jr. high education. The rest of us will have to suffer for these people we failed to educate.
    Weren’t they supposed to secede? When?

  12. It was from the Snopes article. The university obviously noted the stir on social networks, and published the professor’s statement.
    Of course it’s possible that Snopes made up that quote, but to believe that would require buying into the anti-Snopes campaign, which I don’t.

  13. Annie Delyth Stratton

    This is really sad. Not only that they are so ignorant about human history, but that they have absorbed the presumption that to be descended from people from Africa is somehow demeaning to them. Pathetic that they have come to college with those assumptions so imprinted. I have friends who moved out of Texas because they feared for their children’s intellectual and ethical development. Who worries about these young people? Who is going to help them step out of the awful cognitive and intellectual pit that Texas schools have left them in?

  14. One of the comments mentioned the Texas educational system. I would note that with the huge buying power of the system, textbook publishers gear their elementary through high school textbooks to pass muster with the State Board of Education.

    Incidentally, way back when I was in first grade in Austin, our favorite storytime book was Little Black Sambo. Eventually the teacher got sick of it and refused to play the record or read the book aloud anymore.

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