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No, Sam Houston State University Isn’t Paying Students To Take White Privilege Or Black Lives Matter Classes

University officials rushing to debunk ’Infowars’ story.

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Sam Houston State University—home of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas—is suddenly in conspiracy theory crosshairs as a Marxist training ground. The Daily Caller and Infowars claim that students at the Huntsville university are being paid to take courses on “white privilege” and Black Lives Matter. University Provost Richard Eglsaer is scrambling to debunk the story. Eglsaer wrote in a statement:

The seminars being debated are part of a standing series entitled “Difficult Dialogues,” which encourages a constructive conversation on selected controversial or provocative topics.  The course content changes in order to reflect contemporary subjects being discussed in the world.

We, at Sam Houston State University, are here to educate not indoctrinate.  One of the significant aims of education is to produce students who are well informed and think independently with personal autonomy and reasoned judgment.

The Daily Caller bases its story on the fact that any student accepted into the Eliot T. Bowers Honors College automatically receives a $2,800 scholarship. Then it starts listing some of the courses offered:

“Understanding Whiteness: Historic and Contemporary Viewpoints on Privilege,” asks SHSU Honors students “how might white people better understand white privilege and their potential role in dismantling systemic racism?” and requires students to “engage in personal self-reflection” and “educate others about white privilege through action research projects and community engagement initiatives.”

And if that wasn’t enough:

Other seminars offered by the Honors College include a course examining the “physiology of sexual function,” and a course called, “Culture and Society: Harry Potter.”

The subhead on the same story at Infowars is: “College lavishes incentives in exchange for Marxist indoctrination.”

Sam Houston hosts one of the oldest and largest colleges of criminal justice in the nation. Notable alumni include Dan Rather and Richard Linklater, but also Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, known as the Lone Survivor.

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  • roadgeek

    I wonder how the student body at Sam Houston would react if Charles Murray were invited to speak. I’d like to think he’d be treated better in Texas than he was in Middlebury, Vermont, but I may be overly optimistic, especially at a college that has courses dealing with white privilege.

    • WUSRPH

      White privilege has been a feature of American life since the very beginning…..I won’t hurt to admit how much many of us benefited from it over the years….I know I did….

      • Mario Rousan

        OK. Why don’t you murder someone, admit to it, and see if you’ll be acquitted?

        • BCinBCS

          What specifically are you writing about?

        • WUSRPH

          There was a time when that was possible if the victim was black and the jury all White. Thankfully those days are gone in most places.

        • SpiritofPearl

          Geek assumes black people are treated as equally as whites by the judicial system. Asleep at the wheel . . .

        • donuthin2

          Irrational statement.

        • Jed

          THEN see if you get the death penalty.

      • roadgeek

        Given what whites have accomplished, I have no problem with a) being white and b) accepting whatever privilege comes with being white. There is no guilt on my part, nor will there be. I very recently had a black woman tell me that as a white male, “I’m an endangered species…”. She wasn’t being cruel or angry, just making conversation. My wife and I have laughed about this ever since. I believe we should have a Day Without a White Male, and watch our high-tech civilization come to a screeching halt. It would be amusing.

        • donuthin2

          You are selfish then. It is ok to accept whatever privileges that come with accomplishments but not ok for privileges that are the result of color. And BTW, whites (we) would hardly be missed in high tech as we are way behind some of our Asian friends.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Indians rule Silicon Valley.

          • Publius

            White privilege is a slur created by the Left to divert attention from the real failures of Leftist policies.

          • WUSRPH

            Nope…it is a concept that recognizes that one racial or other type of group (in this case Whites) have gained privileges for many because of their race or the group of which they are a member which they might not otherwise enjoy based on their own individual merits. It is, of course, not something limited solely to Whites. In other parts of the world it would be called something different because the dominant group might not be white. e.g. Han Privilege in China, German Privilege in Hitler’s Germany and so forth.

        • Jed

          “Given what whites have accomplished”

          no doubt.

          think how many more races would be mucking up the world if they hadn’t been killed off or enslaved by whites.

          thank you whitey mcracist!

          • Charlie Primero

            Whites ended slavery every where we were the majority.

            Slavery still occurs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

            You are welcome.

          • WUSRPH

            Whites, unfortunately, were not the only ones doing all the killing and enslaving……just one of the more recent groups committing acts that are as old as humankind. Maybe its in the genes, maybe its learned behavior….it makes no difference ALL of us have done it in some form or another. It has to go with being human, not with what race, religion, nationality and all those other factors that separate us into subgroups of the species.

          • Jed

            right, but whites ultimately have benefited more greatly from it as evidenced by our relative socio-economic station(s), on average.

            the point was, he was bragging about white accomplishments. they are largely a byproduct of (and include) slavery.

            had he been crowing about the success of other ethnic groups, i would not have made my comment or i would have made a different one, noting your point.

            stay focused.

        • SpiritofPearl

          Read stuff:

          “Why the West Rules – For Now” by Ian Morris

          “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond

          “Africa’s Great Civilizations” program by Henry Louis Gates on PBS

          Jewish Nobel laureates predominate . . .

          Come back after you make an attempt to educate yourself.

          • Publius

            You call that crap you cited education?
            Study Plato and Aristotle, then come back with an apology for denigrating Western Civilization, which has provided the world with the very best that has been thought and said in human history. Ok?

          • SpiritofPearl

            I studied Plato and Aristotle when you were a pup. You reveal your narrow education – and you bore me.

          • WUSRPH

            One does not denigrate Western Civilization when one recognizes the substantial contributions to humanity of other civilizations and cultures. Nor does one denigrate Western Civilization when one recognizes how factors that had nothing to do with our “superiority”—such as diseases we spread throughout the world—resulted in our overwhelming other cultures. (e.g. Small pox was the primary cause of Cortez success, not the force of arms). I can be grateful for what Western Civilization has contributed to the world, as I am, but I also recognize what China, India, the Near East and other parts of the world contributed at various times and places. We are the “number one” now, but for many centuries we were a tiny speck of humanity living in primitive conditions……We rose above that—with the help of knowledge and the experience of others as an aid—but that does not mean we are destined to stay there.

    • Savanna Conner

      Did you just… not read the article?

    • news junkie

      I would assume that they would act as A&M did when Richard Spencer came to campus. They would allow the presentation but also discredit any message that promote racism and discrimination (the A&M President’s email to students, faculty and staff was widely distributed).

      A college that offers a course on white privilege is one that is interested in exploring ideas and critical thought. To discount a course, because you simply dislike the title, promotes ignorance not learning.

      Charles Murrays work has been widely discredited by academic research on the topic. He stubbornly ignore that research and uses his academic credentials to make claims that simply aren’t true. When one turns to science, one looks at the totality of research to find consensus. In Murray’s case, the consensus is that his work is of extremely poor quality and has more roots in racism than provable facts.

      • roadgeek

        “….I would still defend his right to speak in a public forum. …” Well, that’s good to know. I’m still waiting for someone, anyone, in this forum to condemn the actions of the thugs at Middlebury. Nothing but crickets.

        • SpiritofPearl

          I, a liberal, condemn the violent actions of the students at Middlebury. All have a right to speak.

          The First Amendment guarantees that one can speak freely without fear of punishment from the GOVERNMENT. It DOES NOT guarantee that those who do so are entitled to go unchallenged. I deplore violence, but those who disgree with Murray have a right to be heard as well.

          No more crickets . . .

          • BCinBCS

            Hear, hear Pearl. Hear, hear.

    • Publius

      He’s be tarred and feathered by jack-booted SJWs armed with crowbars and pepper spray.

  • SpiritofPearl

    “The Daily Caller” is not an unbiased source.

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  • Charlie Primero

    The headline to this story is a lie.

    Everything in the Infowars story is true: https://www.infowars.com/public-university-pays-students-to-take-courses-on-white-privilege-and-black-lives-matter/

    Texas Monthly lies.

    Infowars tells the truth.

    The blatant nature of the lying is just so stunning. You’d think I would get used to it, but I don’t.

    • BCinBCS

      Charle, I read what InfoWars and what Texas Monthly’s R.G. Ratcliff wrote and I find that both have told the truth. InfoWars by using the word “if” in the sentence “An honors program at a public university gives students a scholarship and early course signup and lets them use laptops if they take classes on subjects like “white privilege” and Black Lives Matter, which both have community engagement components”, however, biases the entire article. The subtitle “College lavishes incentives in exchange for Marxist indoctrination” not only confirms that bias but makes it obvious.

      Propaganda uses subtilty to convince people. The InfoWars article was both subtle and blatant. Apparently, you were a victim of both.

      • Charlie Primero

        The Texas Monthly headline is a straight-up LIE.

        I did not see you address that fact.

        • BCinBCS

          So Charlie, what is the lie that you claim – that Sam Houston actually is paying students to take the classes or that InfoWars did not claim that the students were being paid to take the courses?

          • Charlie Primero

            SHSU gives students $2,800 to take “Understanding Whiteness: Historic and Contemporary Viewpoints on Privilege”

            Texas Monthly headline says “No, Sam Houston State University Isn’t Paying Students To Take White Privilege Or Black Lives Matter Classes”

            I hope you never understand the type of nonsense arguments you are attempting here is the very reason The Left is losing.

          • BCinBCS

            Well maybe the left is losing but it’s because we are being overpowered by people with sixth grade-level educations that have no understanding of logic, reading comprehension, science, history, economics or politics.

            As for reading comprehension and logic, Sam is giving scholarships to students in a particular curriculum which either has requirements or options that include taking those classes. The university is no more paying students to take those courses than giving a scholarship to a biology student is paying that student to take an evolution class or, for that matter, my grandparents giving me $5.00 dollars on my birthday when I was younger was paying me to be their grandson.

          • Gunslinger

            Dude, $5 was all? I’m so sorry, but the standard amount given by grandparents to grandchildren at birthdays is $20 at a minimum. This amount usually comes in the form of a check. Now this is a good and a bad thing from a kid perspective. On one hand $20 is awesome! On the other, a check means that mom has to cash it, it which case she will put $15 of it into savings and give you the remaining $5. Eh…

          • BCinBCS

            It was a very long time ago and I grew up poor. $5.00 was a fortune to me then. But you’re right about letting parents get hold of your money – into the savings it went.

          • Gunslinger

            Ah, man, now I feel bad for joking about $5. It sucks to grow up poor.

          • Jed

            I got one dollar from my grandma until I was a teenager. Then 5. She was still sending 5 a year to my kids the year she died at 93.

          • Publius

            Actually, the Left is losing because its ideas are garbage (Venezuela, any one?), and because its promulgators are blatantly corrupt crooks (Hillary). To slur those who point this long record of historical failure is both insulting and intellectually dishonest.

  • Klarn Mxyzptlk

    The “White” students SHOULD be paid to reaffirm the fact that it IS a privilege to be “White” and a curse to be anything else.

  • Jed

    the real story here of course is the complete loss of any critical thinking capacity on the parts of people who would (a) believe this claim, and (b) continue to defend it even after reading this article!

  • dave in texas

    Anybody who puts credence into anything that Alex Jones and Infowars says shouldn’t be taken seriously about anything. Let’s not forget, this is the same idiotic do*chebag who said that Sandy Hook was a hoax perpetrated by child actors and that Jade Helm was a false flag operation to impose martial law. I’m actually sad that SHSU felt like they needed to address this BS in the first place.

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    • Publius

      If you don’t think there are shady crooks out there concocting nefarious schemes to the detriment of the vast majority, then you probably voted for Hillary.

      • dave in texas

        Um, yeah I did, as a matter of fact. And you’re right about one thing: there are absolutely shady crooks out there concocting nefarious schemes yada yada. The biggest one stays at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When he can be pried away from Mar-A-Lago, that is.

  • John Bernard Books

    more swamp draining…
    “Scialabba was number one on the list of eight Obama holdover bureaucrats identified by Breitbart News that President Trump “can fire or remove at Homeland Security.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/08/acting-director-uscis-lori-scialabba-resigns-homeland-security/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    Did yawl see the hottest play in DC…Bye Bye Bureaucrat…..

  • BCinBCS

    I’ve noticed that the commenters on BB have quit writing about the never ending lies from Comrade Trump/Bannon. It’s almost as if lie-fatigue has set in. I think that I have a handle on his modus operandi. He, his administration or the Republicans get into hot water because of something that they say or do and the Twitler-in-Chief sends out a outrageous tweet storm early in the morning to deflect attention from the latest screw up.

    Recently he sent a ridiculous tweet about President Obama wiretapping him in response to increasing pressure calling for an independent prosecutor to investigate meddling and collusion between Russia and Comrade Trump/Bannon’s people.

    Now that the Republican plan for a replacement of Obamacare appears to be dead on arrival, I wonder what craziness he will tweet in order to deflect attention from this latest failure to fulfill his campaign promises.

    • SpiritofPearl

      If Trumpcare fails, the Mad King plans to blame the Dems:

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/politics/donald-trump-conservative-leaders/index.html

      • Gunslinger

        I’d happily take that blame.

        • SpiritofPearl

          The GOP owns Trumpcare. Let them take the blame at the polls.

          • Gunslinger

            Taking the blame for obstructing bad policy isn’t the worst thing in the world.

          • SpiritofPearl

            That’s one way to view it.

          • Publius

            Especially when the Democrats sole objective is to oppose anything he does, no matter what. People notice it big time when Establishment ankle-grabbers like Chuckie Shumer say things like Trump is nuts for daring to oppose the intelligence establishment, because they can get at you 6 ways from tomorrow. Really? That is the supposed to be a better model than Trump? A dude who is submissive to the spooks?

          • SpiritofPearl

            “He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.” The spooks DO know what he doesn’t know.

    • WUSRPH

      Those who want to blast open the Russian connection may finally have a chance now that the DOJ has apparently caught Gen. Flynn in a criminal act—i.e.–being a paid foreign agent while campaigning for Trump….Just lying to Pence was probably not enough of an offense to allow some prosecutor to put the squeeze on Flynn but adding this new offense might just be the little wedge needed to “encourage” him to testify about what he knows (and or did) regarding the Russians. If that happens a lot more than just a few posters on this blog may be talking about lies by Trump and his ilk.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems supporters like to boast of their intelligence……
    “There is proof that there is a deep state and the NY Times has in the past admitted to it. There is also proof that there was collusion on leaks about the Trump Tower spying. Reid, Hillary and Slate all came out with it on the same day, within hours.
    Hillary Clinton was likely well-aware of what was going on. She began tweeting about it at the same time Slate came forward with their article. There was a great deal of coordination.”
    http://www.independentsentinel.com/ny-times-haberman-admits-theres-deep-state/

    but they sure are gullible….

  • John Bernard Books
  • Sam Jacinto

    For more than 20 years, Faux News and radio nutcases abetted by Republicans have denigrated the real news media. A large portion of our citizenry now cannot believe anything the real news media publishes. They are unable to discriminate between news and opinion. These phenomena have only increased during the age of Trump’s alternative reality and pandering to fear and division. With the addition of the Russian campaign to undermine democracy and its institutions, we are at serious peril of falling into some kind of 1930’s realpolitik. The same people who cannot trust the real news media have turned to alternative reality media as their sole source of news and information. These people have clearly demonstrated their susceptibility to propaganda and lies. Agent Orange’s administration seems poised to further poison whatever remains of the almost completely diminished comity of our political system. This threatens to tear us apart. We should be afraid – but not of what trumpanistas tell us, but of the results of their insidious movement.

    • Publius

      Your hatred against those who call Bravo Sierra on the mainstream media’s complete lack of integrity is amusing. You actually call them the “real news media”! At this point, there is no doubt whatsoever the corporate media is primarily a promulgator of the Washington Establishment’s globalist interests. To the degree you have ascended to the realization that the globalist Establishment is largely evil in nature, you will laugh out loud at the fake news spewing out of pompous hacks like Wolf Blitzer.

      • Sam Jacinto

        Thanks for proving my point.

  • John Bernard Books

    welp….
    “During debate on HB 4 last week, State Rep. Mark Keough (R–The Woodlands) angered liberal Republicans and Democrats by offering an amendment that would bar illegal immigrants from getting benefits.
    Now he’s facing the very same retribution he claimed two months ago doesn’t take place in the Texas House.
    At the beginning of the session, Keough stunned conservatives by seconding the nomination of State Rep. Joe Straus (R–San Antonio) as House Speaker. In a parade of platitudes, contradicted by his own staffers, Keough gushed over Straus’ demonstration of “respect, honor, and statesmanship” and offered high praise for how Straus manages the Texas House.
    In a move much akin to actions taken by former U.S. Speaker John Boehner, Straus has sided with Democrats and punished Keough this week by eliminating the Subcommittee on CPS and Foster Care Issues, which Keough had served as chair.”
    https://empowertexans.com/under-the-dome/keough-suffering-retribution-earlier-claimed-never-happens/

    Remind again why any repub likes Straus……

  • John Bernard Books

    Welp its pucker times dems…
    ” an independent council to investigate the Obama-era DOJ and IRS. That could loose the Hounds of Hell over things like the IRS treatment of the Tea party PACs and Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious operation. This could be better than a soap opera.”
    http://allenwestrepublic.com/jeff-sessions-to-cut-loose-the-hounds-of-hell/

    popping a HUUUUUUGGGGGE bowl of pop corn…….

  • John Bernard Books

    Finally…Reasons to Vote Democrat
    “The book is authored by Michael J. Knowles, the managing editor of the Daily Wire. Released Feb. 8, the book is described as the “most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date” and “a political treatise sure to stand the test of time.”
    , “and when I observed their record and reasons to vote for them, on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civil rights and so on, I realized it was probably best…” OK are you ready for this? He finished this sentence with, “to just leave all the pages blank.”
    http://www.cscmediagroupus.com/dominick-luckette/democrats

    that is correct….all 266 pages are blank….

  • BarksintheCountry

    Well, the course takes as a given some crap called white privelege. If this isn’t Marxist it is something even lower on the pole of academic truthfulness.