He could have just called the class by another name: “American History” would have probably slid right under the radar. Maybe then there wouldn’t have been such a fuss. Maybe there wouldn’t have had to be a police presence outside a lecture hall at a small state university to ensure student and faculty safety. We’ll never know.
When Dr. Ted Thornhill, a sociology professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, first announced his Special Topics course, entitled “White Racism,” thousands of raging white racists made national headlines with their violent reactions.