College professor says homework can be racist

Stanford Professor Ruth Starkman wrote an essay for the Huffington Post recently, titled, “How to Keep Your Competitive Edge and Your Humanity at Elite Universities”, and has since done some editing on her work.

The College Fix reports Starkman omitted a paragraph that insinuated referring to one’s homework as easy can be racist. The paragraph in question reads as follows:

“Surely, you had no ill-intent, and absolutely nothing racist in mind at all. But since you never looked up from your phone, you might never know who that other student was. Perhaps you’d prefer to think of your response as thoughtless incivility, and you regret not being more considerate. You and your friends don’t think of you as unkind.”

Starkman’s general argument is for elite students to demonstrate humility and limit “thoughtless behavior,” saying that calling an assignment easy “even if its not a lie, is also a form of lying.”

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