Stephanie McKellop, a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant who studies marriage and family, has since set their Twitter account to private, but archived copies of the tweets were posted online and quoted in news stories. (McKellop uses they/them pronouns.)
“I will always call on my Black women students first. Other POC get second tier priority. WW come next. And, if I have to, white men,” McKellop tweeted on Monday, using abbreviations for “people of color” and “white women.”
McKellop added in following tweets that they learned that strategy from a professor in undergrad. “In normal life, who has the easiest time speaking, most opportunities? Flip it,” McKellop tweeted. “The classroom is the place YOU get to control social setting.”
Here’s where Newsweek simply “reports the news.” (sarcasm)
Alex Jones’ InfoWars, a conservative website that peddles conspiracy theories and nutritional supplements, on Friday called the strategy a “discriminatory practice,” noting that Penn president Amy Gutmann has been silent on the issue and called on readers to contact the university leader to ask “If she supports open discrimination against white people in her classrooms.” Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson, who has almost 750,000 followers on Twitter, posted a story about McKellop that said her strategy was, “Also known as racism.”
A Reddit post that drew hundreds of comments called McKellop “racist” and said the question policy discriminated against white and male students. “While I support people’s right to be racist and retain their job, I don’t think someone openly discriminating against some students should be retaining this sort of job,” the post said.
On Twitter, multiple people posted about McKellop, with most criticizing the question policy. “McKellogs is an Anti-White that should not be a teacher,” posted a Twitter user who used a Pepe the Frog image as their profile photo and misspelled the teaching assistant’s name.