Teacher’s ban on “durags,” “twerk shorts,” and “coochie cutter shorts” reportedly removed from syllabus
A jargon”dress codeincluded in a computer science syllabus at the historically black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University has reportedly been removed after social media users complained that it was “anti-blackdespite the author being a black man himself, Forbes reported Thursday.
The instructor, dubbed as NCAT professor Derrick LeFlore by several Twitter users, warned his students that “Beanies, Durag [sic]Hoodies, Booty Shorts, Coochie Cutter Shorts, Twerk Shorts‘ were forbidden in the classroom.
“If you wear it to bed or the club, don’t wear it [class],” the course, posted on Twitter warned last week. LeFlore appeared to a “business casualdress code of his students, although the full text of the dress code was omitted from the screenshot posted.
While the professor himself is black, the selection of garments he banned — and the language he used to describe them — led some to accuse him of being anti-black.
The hoodie ban in particular received a hostile response, with several commentators drawing a qualitative distinction between the garment and mere booty shorts (or twerk shorts) in terms of both practicality (classrooms get cold) and decorum (“people are now literally wearing hoodies to work”, one user commented).
The hoodie took on fraught political significance following the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin by amateur neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, when Fox & Friends TV host Geraldo Rivera blamed the oversized hoodie Martin wore on Zimmerman’s suspicions. wake up. parents to keep their kids away from similar sinister sweatshirts.
Other commentators argued that it was not so much LeFlore’s choice of banned clothing that formed an anti-black dog whistle as his terminology. It was inappropriate for a male professor to use terms like “cookie cutterin an official document, even amounting to sexual harassment, some said.
While some defended the beleaguered professor, reasoning that he was merely trying to instill a sense of professionalism by using the kind of casual vocabulary he thought would resonate with students, commenters on Wednesday claimed he removed the offending text.
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