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Student Accuses Professor Of Racism - Sparks Fly, And The Woman Gets Fired

A student thought a university professor's exam question was racist, and confronted the professor about the situation. The furious professor ranted in anger on Facebook about her student, and while she didn't reveal the student's name, she threatened to do so after the semester was over.

The incident escalated and culminated in the professor losing her job. She's furious that her reputation has been ruined.

Kayla Parker, an African-American student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, approached her professor over an exam question she perceived as racist. The question was about African-American families during slavery.

In the multiple-choice question, Parker had picked an answer that read, "Black family bonds were destroyed by the abuses of slave owners, who regularly sold off family members to other slave owners."

Professor Judy Morelock marked it as incorrect, and said the correct answer was, "Most slave families were headed by two parents."

Once Parker sent Morelock an email asking for the counter-argument that would prove her answer wrong, she says the professor began making 'backhanded' comments directed at her.

"After class, my Professor and I went into the hallway for our scheduled meeting. Before letting me speak, she spent 3 minutes flipping through various books and citing sociologists who didn't explicitly mention the destruction of family bonds."

Neither could apparently let it go. The professor alleges that the student was spreading rumors about her and calling her a racist. Morelock took to Facebook and began ranting about justice and revenge.

"Posting her name would be a violation of her right to privacy. Apparently I have no such right," wrote Morelock. "She has the right of free speech to criticize and eviscerate me in any way she wishes. After she is no longer my student, the university rules no longer apply, and I have a long memory and don't forgive malevolent attempts to harm me."

In another post, Morelock said, "Once you spread venomous rumors and try to damage a person's reputation, you cannot undo the damage. You will also not be forgotten or forgiven."

In yet another post, the professor wrote, "She's on LinkedIn trying to establish professional contacts. This will be fun!"

The teacher may have taken her offense a bit too far with the Facebook rants. The university fired her. She's shocked.

"I taught for 17 years at a historically black institution, Knoxville College, and hundreds of my former students, all of whom are African American, are Facebook friends who have been at the forefront of people defending me on social media. They are outraged that I have been referenced as a racist," she told the Daily Mail.

Jenny Hines, a friend of the professor, said, "My husband and I have both known Judy Morelock for over two decades. To hear that she has been categorized as being racist can in no way be a legitimate claim. Judy has been a social justice advocate her entire life."

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Judy Morelock/Facebook, Kayla Parker via Knox News, LinkedIn, Kayla Parker/Facebook, Nightryder84/Wikimedia

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