Berkeley Students Attempt To Protest Exam, Tell Professor To ‘Check His Privilege’

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University of California, Berkeley students recently protested their midterm exam, demanding a take-home essay instead.

A Youtube video of the scene shows the Berkeley students commanding the in-class exam to be replaced with a “take-home essay with significant time to prepare,” but Professor Harley Shaiken declines their demands.

“This is a campus that is truly related throughout Latin America to the notion of free speech,” Shaiken responded. The protesters then laugh while asserting that their “well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives.”

Notably, Shaiken has been an advocate for improved workers’ rights in Mexico, writing an opinion piece for the New York Times, and focuses on labor issues as a society and cultures professor. He has also been awarded with the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of California, San Diego in 1991.

The students continued to argue that Shaiken is unqualified to teach his course on labor issues in America and Mexico because he’s a white man, demanding Shaiken to “check his privilege.”

One classmate asked if the protesters were trying to “filibuster” the exam, to which one protester responded, “Are you trying to silence us right now? Is that what you’re trying to do?” The classmate responded, “I’m just trying to take my test.”

The protesters then use their health as an excuse not to take the exam.

“This is our mental health. This is our physical health. This is…um,” one protester said, scratching her head, and turning the attention to another student.

Shaiken requested to discuss the matter outside while others finished their exams, but the protesters denied, deciding to take their complaints to the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Another protester then stepped forward and said, “I don’t know why you’re still, like, sitting down, y’all. I don’t understand. I really don’t understand. Y’all can take your f**king test, but people are dying out there,” claiming that the students support white supremacists.

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  1. Why does the administration put up with student “demands”? They should take the test without complaints or be given a failing grade. Period.

    • Their behavior has been groomed into them by unhappy professors that need “impressionable youth” who will carry out the instructors’ slanted demands to elevate his/her own socialist standing and notoriety…without getting THEIR hands dirty.

    • If students refuse to take a college exam – FINE. Then they fail the test and perhaps the course. It’s their degree. If they don’t want it, that’s their choice.

      And campus violence should be met with immediate permanent expulsion, no refunds on any tuition paid and banning from the campus itself.

      If the colleges want all this nonsense to stop this is the only way it’ll be done. Hit them in their pocketbook.

  2. Berkley is well known for their destructive student aggression. Some professors have socialist agendas and are grooming students to be their dutiful foot soldiers. This “brainwashing institute” and others like it need to be dismantled and placed back into an actual LEARNING facility that will CONTRIBUTE to America…NOT a political playground for unhappy, anti-American shit peddlers that promote disruptive and often times terrorist behaviors to the impressionable youth. Trade schools SHOULD become more accessible and advertised more to place our future generations onto the paths of achievement and productivity.

  3. …their “well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives.”

    You have no idea what life is like. Stupid kids, brainwashed into believing they “are special”. Wait until you have to get a job and WORK for a living. I feel sorry for how screwed up academia has made you all.

  4. Privilege? Really??? This has millennials written all over it. The problem with the upcoming generation of entitlement. “Oh…wah (baby wailing)!! I am expected to actually do work and exert myself!!! Woe is me!!! Boo-hoo!!! I demand a take home exam where I can just look up the answers on Wikipedia because I am too dumb and lazy to actually do work.” If any of these students become doctors, a lot of patients will die. I can see it now…Doctor!! “This patient needs emergency surgery!!” “Well can I take this surgery home?” I think I am going to protest doing my job because I really dont know how to do this anyway considering that I was a self-entitled self-centered crap head in college.” Props to the students who actually sucked it up and took the exam.


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