“Listen b***h! Which one is it? Is it white supremacy holding us back or is it us having
f**ked up priorities?” Ilene Ross passionately asked her classmate
After Simmons said, “both,” the classroom erupted in laughter.
“I clapbacked so hard a b***h get to making up words. The f**k do ‘both’ mean?,” Ross said incredulously.
The class then looked to their professor Glenda Taylor for guidance.
After a short pause, Taylor decreed, “drag her coon ass.”
Ross pushed Simmons out of her seat, and the class then took turns grabbing her by her feet
and dragging her across the room. Simmons began crying before she was
pushed into the “outta here” closet with another classmate who
questioned the power of protest.
Ordinarily, a professor-sanctioned physical assault would be grounds for legal
action, but every student who has signed up for Taylor’s North Carolina State University Millenial sociology course has signed a waiver accepting that they can get drug
for statements that the majority don’t agree with.
Taylor explains in front of her class, “I devised this curriculum to emulate the real world.
Which is Twitter. It’s a Black and white time
It’s a problematic time. It’s a woke time. It’s a time defined by any
4 syllable word we feel like uttering. If I don’t like what you have to
say, I can block you. I can get you outta here.”
As her students ran all over the classroom screaming and holding posters of Beyonce memes, she was asked what “outta here” meant. Taylor became combative and
repeated “blocked.” Apparently, students in her class can utter
the term when a classmate says something they don’t like and the
other student must stop talking—no matter what the conversation is
Taylor, whos @AngelaDavis Twitter account draws frequent confusion with the revolutionary
activist, has been on social media for years. She had one of the top
rated BlackPlanet profiles, and had over 400,000 Myspace friends. She
defines herself as a social media expert.
After teaching “boring” African Studies classes, she devised a class that emulated Twitter
and Tumblr, two popular online venues for Millenials. On the first
day of class, students speak about themselves, and the class votes on
which “part of Twitter” they belong to. They then sit with their
section, unless they’re “blocked” or put in the closet for a
controversial statement. Many students love the format, but others
haven’t as much.
“My daughter dropped out of the class because she said they didn’t learn anything,” an
anonymous parent stated. “She says they just had to repeat what the
most popular students said or they’d be thrown in a damn closet. The
professor wasn’t even giving them assignments or teaching them
anything. It was all a big ego boost.”
Still, Taylor defends her class, which has avoided being shutdown twice through furious
protesting by students who love the class’ exploits, including
“wypipo dragging sessions” and “inclusion pizza parties” when Black
extras are seen on HBO’s Girls. Students are given tests asking basic
questions such as “Huey P. Newton ran what revolutionary
organization?,” but never venture into the theories of the
Every month, students make presentations, and the ones with the most “likes” (students
shouting like) get $500. Taylor gives her class one of four grades: W
(for woke), D (for dry), H (for “Hotep”), and C (for coon). They
correspond to A, B, C, and F.
Dean Lancaster, a junior at the school, calls the grading system “bulls**t.” He recalls
putting together a presentation on why capitalism had to be
dismantled and getting a D by Taylor (who he says was on her tablet
watching Insecure during the presentation), while a woman who
stood up and merely said, “we need a new Black Panther movement,”
got a W and a standing ovation.
“We have ‘Blackout’ days where everyone pretends it’s about togetherness but they’re all trying to out dress each other and throw shade on the low. People don’t even try
to build with each other. You challenge something someone said and
they just drag you or cry and play victim. It’s too much.”
Still, Lancaster partakes in the class because, “everybody who’s anybody is there.”