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AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:07 PM
 

READ THE ARTICLE AT: http://thetigertownobserver.com/we-wont-take-your-class-an-open-letter-to-chenjerai-kumanyika-mitchell-gunter/

Dear Chenjerai Kumanyika,

I was troubled by the condescending tone of your letter to Coach Dabo Swinney, so I felt it was only fair to respond in kind, although I don’t think I can live up to your expectations.

I’m a student at Clemson. We met briefly at the Sikes Sit-In, where you compared my student government campaign poster imagery to Dylan Roof, the Charleston shooter.

I’ve listened to you before though, when you implied I was a despicable racist on social media for daring to hold a legal rifle and U.S. Constitution on private property in front of an American Flag. You never reached out to me once. I wanted to share some impressions.

I cringed when you, a non-Muslim, wore a traditional, Islamic head scarf to the Donald Trump rally last year. Talk about cultural appropriation. Given your status as a professor at Clemson, the selective video editing to make it appear as if you were being removed for “your religion” is staggering and troubling.

To your credit though, your “test of our rights to practice the democratic process”, was well-intentioned as you nobly blocked the view of those sitting behind you, a statement of solidarity for groups that sometimes feel marginalized by campaign rhetoric.

You acknowledged that you don’t think that ALL Trump supporters are bigoted, and you merely wanted to start a conversation about equality for all. For a moment there, although you attempted to use me as political fodder to further your narrative of a “racist, backwoods Clemson,” I felt tempted to take one of your classes.

But then I read your “Rate My Professor profile.”

Dr. Kumanyika, I really wish I hadn’t done that.

In your Rate My Professor profile, you have an overall quality score of 1.8 out of 5. One student opines that you’re the “Worst professor I have ever had.” Grading is described as “unnecessarily tough and completely arbitrary” and your classroom habits include “cutting students off before they can finish a sentence, which scares most students into silence.” As a communications professor, I was very surprised to see one student say “Also never answers emails.” I thought that came with the territory.

The two comments that stuck with me were “Terrible. Worst class ever. Very condescending.” and “inside the classroom it’s as if he finds joy in making you feel stupid.” Perhaps you should take some of this feedback to heart.

Your open letter to Dabo indicated that much of this student criticism is true. At the Sikes Sit-In, you talked to me about compassion, yet the level of condescension in your writing is unbearable. Clearly, you are highly educated on the writings of MLK, by all accounts, a truly compassionate individual, but opt for an economic rant on class warfare instead of highlighting wisdom such as, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

I’ll say that after a cursory glance at your twitter, I know you’re not a Communist now! You’re merely a self-described “anarcho-socialist.” Now I know why your statements against Dabo conjure up images of Capitalists in monocles and orange top-hats, suppressing the Clemson proletariat.

Although I’m sure President Nicolás Maduro would smile at your teachings, how exactly are the policies you’re advocating for working out in Venezuela? This is a country with a year round growing season and the largest oil reserves in the world. Crippling food shortages, arbitrary seizure of private businesses, and enslaving citizens to work farms are all things we can look forward in your coming socialist utopia.

What better way to get your name and ideology out there than by condescendingly attacking perhaps the most genuine coach in college football? You’ve ridiculed the name of an incredible man, dearly loved by the Clemson community.

The rest of your letter lays the amalgamation of our nation’s problems at the feet of a college football coach, including, but not limited to, murder, unemployment, and the exploitation of prison laborers. Perhaps you should take these concerns up with the socialists currently running our country.

Now we all know that $55 million is a large chunk of cash for a football facility. As an anarcho-socialist, I know it’s tempting to redistribute the wealth, but not so fast! Currently, Clemson students do not fund Clemson football directly with their tuition. I realize this fact is disappointing, given that you teach the morals of taking other people’s money every day. Redistributing money from private IPTAY donations, ticket sales, and merchandise is not only immoral, but a temporary solution.

You go on to describe the lack of a day care center and treatment of Clemson’s international graduate students as “injustice.” Plans for a day care center at Clemson University were officially put in motion last year. Your explanation for how poorly our international graduate students are treated is nonexistent.

In addition, the affirmative-action style enrollment processes you’re asking for are insulting to the intelligence of African-Americans across the nation. Race has nothing to do with intellect and shouldn’t appear on college admissions packets, period. These policies are unconstitutional, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

You say that you’re tired of hearing you’re divisive and go on to call Coach Swinney a “stumbling block.” The problem is, you are divisive. Your self-promoting antics aren’t furthering noble visions of equality; instead they’re driving people further apart. The kind of injustices you’re speaking about could only be generated from the ivory towers of extremist, far-left academia.

Describing Dabo as “a white man who makes somewhere in the area of $5 million a year from the physical labor and bodily risk of unpaid black athletes” is not only disingenuous, it’s insulting to his legacy. You say, “Coach Swinney, I know that you are not racist,” while attempting to equate him to a slave master on “the former plantation of John C. Calhoun.” Nobody is buying this race-baiting tripe.

Coach Swinney’s life has been plagued with hardships and he knows firsthand what it’s like to undergo bodily risk as an unpaid wide receiver at Alabama. His alcoholic father and polio-stricken mother didn’t have easy lives of their own. In order to provide for his impoverished family, he had to share a dorm room with his mother. When summer came, he cleaned gutters and worked odd jobs to get by.

In your reference to Dabo, you attempt to discredit a lifetime of struggle based on the color of his skin. Have you heard MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech? In it, he states “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Does any of this sound familiar?

If, after reading my letter, you find you disagree with me, the majority of your students, and most of the Clemson community, please spare us the continuation of your employment here.

We won’t take your class.

Sincerely,

Mitchell Gunter
Civil Engineering
Clemson University


I bet Mike Williams is licking his chops, ready to have

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:12 PM
 

a huge game Saturday. As are Wilkins and Big Dex. These young men are about to set the tone for the rest of the season and I can't wait to see it. Go Tigers!

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Of course MW puts team first, but I fully expect the powers

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:15 PM
 

that be to pencil in Mike's name for this year's Biletnikoff after another outstanding performance from #7 this Saturday in the Valley.

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Daaaaaaaang Mitchell. That is a long winded way to say Clemson will win Saturday.***

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:15 PM
 




Touched all the bases! Well stated!!

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:19 PM
 

Where do I sign?

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Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:22 PM
 

Although I join many others who are tired of this whole conversation, I have to say...what a great letter. I hope the intended receiver of this letter gets the message. Now...let's play football! We don't need to distract our team any more!


Very, very well said! +1


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:26 PM
 

This needs to be spread everywhere. Now, I'm ready to get back to some football this Saturday! Go Tigers!

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 12:35 PM
 

I concur!!


Well done sir. I hope you sent it.***

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 1:13 PM
 



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Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 1:36 PM
 

I would like to give this post one hundred thumbs up!!!


Speaking from experience

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 1:36 PM
 

that's a lot of scok work


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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 1:40 PM
 

####!!!
YES!!!

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Now THAT is a first post !!***


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 2:36 PM
 



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That was awesome!!!


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 3:56 PM
 

I hope this link gets shared on every single social media outlet available in response to national media picking up the story re: this professor's response to Dabo.

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I'm here to spread hate and discontent.


Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 4:29 PM
 

One of the best-written rebuttals I have ever read in my life.

Awesome. Incisive as a sword thrust.

It pretty much sums it up. The far left - the radicals - are as destabilizing and destructive an element as the reactionary right, viciousness and elitism dressed up as moral and intellectual superiority.

It bugs me - a lot - that the blowhards on both sides that are the ones who are getting the most play, whereas the rational Voices of Reason that call for unity are increasingly the ones being silenced.

I guess Reason doesn't play well in 15-second sound bytes. But these cretins do have a way of creeping in, especially into academia, and before you know it there they are lobbing Molotov cocktails into the crowd.


Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 4:40 PM
 

last i checked no one is making him work on the plantation.

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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 8:42 AM
 

And who is being made to work on the plantation?

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Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 4:39 PM
 

Great letter. Isn't it funny how true racists always try to make everyone else out to be a racist. This professor should seek employment at one of the so called "traditional black colleges". There he could really spread his message and feel better about himself every day. It's an inner poison that infects people like him and right now there is no known cure.


Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 4:42 PM
 

The esteemed professor's response: "You're a racist"


Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 4:43 PM
 

White People always bring up Dr.King's "I Have A Dream" as if that's the only thing he ever said. Smh.


It doesn't get better than this!!! Fantastic!!!WOW***


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 5:26 PM
 




THAAAAAAAAAT'S


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 5:28 PM
 

gonna leave a mark.

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Re: AN OPEN LETTER to Chenjerai Kumanyika, author of Dabo letter


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 8:00 PM
 

Well done!!
We don't HAVE to sit back and let liberal professors be the voice of Clemson.
He sounds like someone very lucky to be employed at CU.
shameful he was hired. BTW. Who hired him?


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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 9:14 PM
 

Brave and brilliant.

It's time that Clemson students finally stood up and called-out the extremist, far-left wing professors who have tried to take over CU in the last two years.


I hope CK does not have tenure. Fire him now!***


Posted: Sep 15, 2016 9:25 PM
 




Re: I hope CK does not have tenure. Fire him now!***


Posted: Sep 16, 2016 6:41 AM
 

He surely went after the right one in Dabo if it's unemployment he is after!!!

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AMEN!!! Bravo!!! Well Said!!!


Posted: Sep 16, 2016 6:32 AM
 

ct


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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 9:24 AM
 

A most excellent response Mitchell! Mine is very brief: Professor, go pound sand!


Great post! I wished I could point this 100 times.***

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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 9:42 AM
 

Great post Mitchell Gunter!


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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 1:09 PM
 

Who in Hades thumbed this down?????

Go Tigers!!!

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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 2:30 PM
 

I think all of our alumini, fans, employees, students and/ or athletes should support everyone's right to their own opinion. Why are we attacking members of our own family when everyone else in the country is putting Dabo on a stake for what I thought was a pretty well said speech for the most part. I respect Dabo for giving his real opinion on the issue instead of not commenting at all. They asked him a question, he gave an answer it's really that simple. If you don't like it don't watch OUR press conferences!!


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Posted: Sep 17, 2016 8:53 AM
 

How can anyone get past the portion where this kid uses rate my professor as a source??


Who said Engineers don't write well?


Posted: Sep 17, 2016 9:21 AM
 

Kudos to the professor!

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