Why Did British University Nix M.A. in Black Studies?

May 26, 2015

A faculty member who is considered one of five black philosophers at universities in Britain is alleging that University College London rejected a proposal for a new master's degree in black studies because it would have promoted research and education that was highly critical of white people, Times Higher Education reported. The faculty member -- Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman (who writes his last name with a line through it to symbolize the way the name was selected for him and his family by slave masters in Jamaica) -- is now expected to lose his job because his position was contingent on the creation of the new program. He said his approach for the program was to teach "critical white studies" and that “white hegemony was… to be put under the microscope."

Jonathan Wolff, executive dean of University College London's Faculty of Arts and Humanities, said that the proposed master's program was rejected because “it became apparent that UCL is not yet ready to offer a strong program in this area."

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