Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material.
…The students were dissatisfied that there was no mention of gender or racial oppression, nor did the class feature a single Asian author. They also condemned recognition of patriarchal material with no feminist alternative and no mention of Ferguson, Missouri.
“[T]he classroom environment felt so hostile to women, people of color, queer folks and other marginalized subjects that it was difficult for us to focus on the course material.” wrote the students. “Sometimes, we were so uncomfortable that we had to leave the classroom in the middle of lecture.”