Virginia Professor Apologizes to Black Students for Being 'White' and Not Transgender
'I am married to a cisgender male, and we are middle class'
A professor at Virginia Tech University apologized for being a white straight, cisgendered female in a syllabus to her students of color.
Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane, who teaches human development and family science, informed students in her Human Development 1134 class that racism is innate within "the reality of white people," the Campus Reform revealed.
Duncan Lane, in her syllabus, under a section introducing herself wrote:
"I am a Caucasian cisgender female and first-generation college student from Appalachia who is of Scottish, British, and Norwegian heritage.
"I am married to a cisgender male, and we are middle class.
"While I did not 'ask' for the many privileges in my life: I have benefitted [sic] from them and will continue to benefit from them whether I like it or not."
"This is injustice. I am and will continue to work on a daily basis to be antiracist and confront the innate racism within myself that is the reality and history of white people," Duncan Lane continued.
"I want to be better: Every day.
"I will transform Every day.
"This work terrifies me: Every day.
"I invite my white students to join me on this journey.
"And to my students of color: I apologize for the inexcusable horrors within our shared history.
"I apologize for the inexcusable horrors within our shared history…"
She signed the letter "Dr. Crystal Duncan Lane."
Students panned the letter, however.
"It is a class about disabilities, not political opinion, affiliation, nor judgment in any sort," said Natalie Rhodes, a student at Virginia Tech.
"If you are discussing disabilities, stick to your course."
Another student who spoke under the condition of anonymity said:
"It hurts that someone says I was born with ‘innate racism’ because of my skin color."
"[It] makes me feel like I should hide and worry about everything I say."
At the time of writing, Lane's faculty page reverts to a 404 error page.