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American Indian Professor Accused Of Discriminating Against White Student, Gets Pulled From Classroom

A university professor was suspended for allegedly threatening to lower the grades of a white student because he disagreed with her point of view. The student expressed support for the school's mascot, a character which the professor has long viewed as cultural appropriation.

Professor Oscar 'Ozzie' Monge, an American Indian, was teaching three American Indian writing rhetoric sessions at San Diego University, but the professor has been placed on suspension after an exchange with a white student.

The professor was offended by the student's shirt, which featured the school's mascot. He also objected to her braiding her hair.

Monge had long been an outspoken critic of the mascot, an ‘Aztec warrior’. The drawing of the warrior is complete with red face, however, most students who play the mascot at games are white.

The professor had previously written a thesis on the mascot, entitled, 'Fail, Montezuma!' He was a big supporter of an effort to have the mascot retired.

He confronted the student in class when she wore the school shirt, and also complained about her braids and bandana. They argued about the mascot.

“The AS (Associated Students) is something else that confuses me…the way it’s structured, the way it runs and how damned white it is,” Monge told Sudano.

The AS is the group that voted to keep the mascot.

The student further infuriated the professor by telling him that people's opinions should be heard, 'no matter how low on the totem pole you are'.

Crystal Sudano reported that the professor sent her numerous offensive Facebook messages. He accused the student of having a 'white savior' complex and accused her culturally appropriating Native Americans by braiding her hair and wearing a bandana.

The teacher even threatened to lower her grade.

Sudano withdrew from the class and filed a report against the teacher. She reported him to the Department of Justice, and the DOJ investigation found Monge in the wrong.

“Monge retaliated against Sudano…after she complained to [him] about his discriminatory and harassing conduct and appeared to undermine Monge’s thesis in the mascot resolution debate,” read a report from the California Department of Justice. “Monge told Sudano that her grade would be lowered, ultimately causing her to seek a constructive withdrawal from [his] class.”

During the investigation, Monge denied any wrongdoing. However, the professor told the investigators in an interview, “It is quite easy to argue that ‘whiteness’ is synonymous with evil."

The DOJ concluded that Monge’s behavior was inappropriate. According to the DOJ, Monge has been found guilty of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Source: Daily Caller
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