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White Racism Course: Police Presence Planned for Start

White Racism Course: Police Presence Planned for Start
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By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:40 AM

A "white racism" course has sparked enough controversy to result in a police presence being planned for the start of the class, which meets on Tuesday for the first time at the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), USA Today noted.

Assistant Professor Ted Thornhill, who is offering the course, said he received a number of disturbing emails and voice messages after first announcing the course.

The class, according to its description, is designed to analyze race and pick apart racist ideologies, laws, policies, and practices "that have operated for hundreds of years to maintain white racial domination over those racialized as non-white."

The course was developed for students to discuss ways to "challenge white racism and white supremacy toward promoting an anti-racist society where whiteness is not tied to greater life chances."

However, several of the 50 enrolled students have since expressed concerns over their safety, prompting campus police to allocate at least two officers to monitor the class as precautionary measures.

USA Today noted that, while none of the messages sent to Thornhill threatened any direct violence, some wished ill will upon him, while others called him a racist.

"Cancer (Stage 4) is what you and your family deserve for spreading hate, lies & intolerance," one email said, according to Fox News.

Thornhill said the negative reaction to the course was upsetting but added that he was not entirely surprised "given the nature of these more rabid white racists," USA Today reported.

Susan Evans, FGCU's spokeswoman and chief of staff said per Fox News that, although they were expecting "normal campus civility," officials have "prepared for any possible distractions related to Tuesday's first class of the White Racism course."

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