We reported a story Friday on students at Murray State University in Kentucky that were disrespected by their political science teacher using racist remarks toward them. But now, Murray State University is accepting the resignation of one of its long-time professors that made the really dumb mistake of referring to a couple of his students as “slaves.” After they arrived on time and he started a film for the class 10 minutes before class started and they asked him why, according to the student, said, “It is part of your heritage. The slaves never showed up on time to their owners and were lashed for it. I just don’t have the right to do that.” Exactly! What the hell?!
The students, Arlene Johnson and DeVaunte Martin, were both shocked at the response and Johnson made a complaint that has now led to the political justice professor Mark Wattier resigning from his position after 30 years. While he did agree to step down, he tells a slightly different story than was told by Johnson.
Wattier said two students asked him for a course syllabus after he assumed they showed up late for class and he said: