Today In Blank Stare News: College Professor Likens Black Students’ Lateness To Slave Ancestors

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GangStarr Girl / February 22, 2011

A genius college professor at Murray State University was suspended and subsequently retired after allegedly making a racist remark to his students.

Mark Wattier, the former political science professor allegedly scolded two black students for showing up late for class.

According to freshman Arlene Johnson, when she and another black student walked into Wattier’s class a few minutes late for a film back on August 25th, the professor dismissed their tardiness as something passed down through slavery bloodlines.

“And then he said, ‘Well, it’s OK, I expect it of you guys anyway,'” Johnson said. “We asked him, ‘What did that mean?’ And he said the slaves never showed up on time, so their owners often lashed them for it. He just didn’t have the right.”

However, he does have the right to say what he feels, albeit asinine. The truth is, people who say things like this usually make these types of remarks because they’re willfully ignorant, which results in them learning the hard way.

He sent the Associated Press an e-mail statement titled “My Side of the Story” on Friday to clarify what he said.

“I made a mistake,” Wattier said in the e-mail. “I did say, ‘Do you know why you were late? There’s a theory that a way to protest their master’s treatment was for slaves to be late. My comment was inappropriate. I regret having said this out of context and bluntly.”

He should have known better than that. #BlackHistoryMonthFail [The BVX]