Sure, I fully agree with this. But would you agree that a given African American has better knowledge and understanding of /racism/?
Of the personal impacts of racism? Sure. But racism was not what the professor and the student were debating. It was a historical point.
One of the issues is the topic of disagreement between the student and the professor, the fragmentation of black families during pre-Civil War times. The second is whether the disproportionate and entirely unnecessary reaction of the professor is an act of racism.
Fair enough. The first matter is a question of history. The second matter cannot be determined whether it is racism or not, because we lack sufficient information to make such a determination.
I’d appreciate if you could explain to me why you seem so intent in minimising and dismissing the impact of the professor’s actions.
I’m not. I think both of them acted abhorrently. What we don’ t know, however, is who dropped the first rhetorical bomb. Do we? Who was the first one to act in a disrespectful way? Obviously, what you have is a situation where two people got into an “arms race” with one another, rhetorically speaking, with the situation escalating.