UChicago Course on Whiteness Sparks Debate Over Free Speech and Cyberbullying

July 03, 2023 1 min read

By Vimal Patel
New York Times

Excerpt: Rebecca Journey, a lecturer at the University of Chicago, thought little of calling her new undergraduate seminar “The Problem of Whiteness.” Though provocatively titled, the anthropology course covered familiar academic territory: how the racial category “white” has changed over time.

She was surprised, then, when her inbox exploded in November with vitriolic messages from dozens of strangers. One wrote that she was “deeply evil.” Another: “Blow your head clean off.” The instigator was Daniel Schmidt, a sophomore and conservative activist with tens of thousands of social media followers. Spooked, Dr. Journey, a newly minted Ph.D. preparing to hit the academic job market, postponed her class to the spring. Then she filed complaints with the university, accusing Mr. Schmidt of doxxing and harassing her.

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