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Faculty Union Accuses Cypress College Of Failing To Be “Anti-Racist” For Not Defending Professor In Viral Video

East Bay Times-


The faculty union at Cypress College has taken the administration to task for not defending the professor who repeatedly interrupted a student in an online speech class as he tried to argue that many police officers could be seen as heroes.

“The failure to issue a clear and strong statement of support for faculty under the existing circumstances is a failure to be anti-racist,” said the May 3 letter, signed by Christie Diep, president of United Faculty of the North Orange County Community College District, and Mohammad M. Abdel Haq, its lead negotiator.

A video of the Zoom exchange between student Braden Ellis and the instructor has gone viral, attracting more than 233,000 views on YouTube.

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