Reverend Jesse Jackson stands with UIC law students calling for dismissal of professor accused of using racial slurs – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Reverend Jesse Jackson stands with Chicago law students calling for the dismissal of a UIC professor on charges of racism. This teacher says he didn’t do anything wrong.

CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek has details on the charge.

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Members of the UIC Black Law Association say the professor used racial slurs to describe the students. The professor says he never used racist slurs to describe the students and never would and that it is all probably a colossal misunderstanding.

“The students deserve an environment that is not hostile,” Jackson said as the students rehearsed.

Just two days after being hospitalized for falling during a protest in Washington, Reverend Jesse Jackson stands with students from UIC’s Black Law Student Association, calling for the dismissal of a law professor who , according to them, used race-insensitive language in class. The UIC decides to reinstate the professor after he was put on paid administrative leave last January.

“It’s just a horrible misunderstanding and / or a real manipulation of the facts.”

The professor at the center of the controversy, Jason Kilburn, says the problems stem from the wording of a test question in December 2020, involving a case of employment discrimination.

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In the question, Kilburn used the redacted words B and B – words that fictitious managers had used to describe a fictitious complainant. In parentheses, “Secular Expressions for African Americans and Women”. Ashley Shannon is President of the Black Law Student Association. She says the students were offended at first by the question of the exam, but also by what she said happened after.

“He repeatedly discriminated against in the classroom calling the implicated students cockroaches enemies, even during a class making fun of an African student’s accent,” Shannon said.

Several students suggested that there was video evidence to support the claims. CBS 2 requested video evidence from the students and the university and did not receive it. Professor Kilburn says the evidence wouldn’t exist because he didn’t use racial slurs to describe the students.

“I have never called a person a cockroach. If that word ever came out of my mouth anywhere at some point, I don’t know why, when what was the context, if anyone can explain it to me. , let’s have a conversation about this. Let’s not immediately call my dismissal until we get a feel for the facts here, “Kilburn said.

“I could not imagine that it would be acceptable for an institution to allow, even a full professor, to discriminate in the classroom. If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that black lives matter, ”said Shannon.

UIC has confirmed that Professor Kilburn is scheduled to teach two courses in the spring. The UIC Office for Access and Equity has carried out an investigation. We asked them for the conclusions of this investigation and received no response.

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As for Jackson’s health, when asked how he felt, he said he felt fantastic after raising his fist in the air.


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