A left-wing professor at Brigham Young University is threatening the First Amendment rights of a conservative group for daring to expose a woke homework assignment that seeks to denounce “whiteness.”
BYU Professor Eric Bybee, who teaches in the Education Department at the school and who supposedly specializes in multicultural education, demanded that members of the BYU Conservatives take down a social media post of a class assignment, or face being hit with an honor code violation, according to the conservative group Campus Reform.
Bybee was triggered by a post wherein the BYU Conservatives noted Professor Jane Lopez’s lesson on “Revealing Whiteness Activity.”
The student group simply posted a photo of the text of Lopez’s assignment.
Lopez claimed BYU is a “Predominantly White Institution,” or PWI, and directed students to work in groups of two or three people to survey the campus and take at least photos depicting the rampant “whiteness” of BYU’s “physical and social environment.”
Lopez defined “whiteness” as a location of structural advantage or “race privilege”; a “standpoint” or place from which whites look at themselves, at others, and at society; and a set of “cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed.”
After BYU Conservatives posted a screenshot of Lopez’s homework, Bybee unloaded on the group, according to Campus Reform.
He noted that the Mormon church is committed to “root out” white supremacy, and suggested Lopez’s assignment was part of that.
But by simply posting the assignment online, Bynee argued, the BYU Conservatives had violated the school’s Intellectual Property Policy and Honor Code.
“Your beliefs do not give you the right to violate university/faculty member intellectual property and invite targeted harassment of one of my colleagues,” he wrote to the group in a direct message.
Although the BYU Conservatives post content to their account anonymously, Bybee just began listing anyone he could find who may be involved and threatened to have them investigated by the campus administration.
Campus Reform added, “The [BYU Conservatives] students say Bybee also threatened to contact the ‘Honor Code office’ and the ‘BYU Faculty’ Center” to investigate the social media account if the post was not removed.”
“Bybee assured he would request that all ‘BYU students associated with the account and website’ be investigated.”
The group took down the original post. But then reposted it along with Bybee’s message to them, Campus Reform reported. That led Bybee to launch another threat.
“I would also invite you to reflect on the wide latitude that BYU has to police the behavior of students and faculty. Please understand that I am willing to use BYU’s unique policies in whatever way necessary to ensure that my colleges avoid the type of harassment that has become too common [in] other places,” Bybee wrote to the conservative group, apparently oblivious to the fact that he was harassing the BYU Conservatives.
It’s unclear if Bybee has followed through on any of his anti-free speech threats.
But one BYU Conservatives student, who requested anonymity, told Campus Reform: “We get hate all the time and that is just how politics is. The assignment had been circulating for weeks online before we posted it. The key thing is that the left in the university doesn’t want its ideas exposed to others. Which is a weird thing if they actually believe their ideas are consistent with the truth.”