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Activists Force Santa Barbara City College VP to Take Leave For Using the N-Word While Explaining Why It’s Bad

"I was complicit. I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself."

SBCCSushirolla2011 / Wikimedia CommonsSanta Barbara City College has placed an administrator, Vice President Lyndsey Maas,* on leave because she used the n-word during a meeting.

The context greatly ameliorates the seriousness of the offense. Maas had been discussing the problem of black students being called this word on campus, and she related a story that involved someone else using the epithet.

This happened during a November 14 meeting of a gender equity working group. When student activists heard about it, they were furious.

"Lyndsay Maas repeated a story a student had told her about a racial slur that was aimed in the student's direction," The Cal Coast News reports. "Five days later, several people speaking at a Santa Barbara Board of Trustees meeting demanded Maas resign."

These people included former student trustee Krystle Farmer and Black Student Union president Naiha Dozier-El, according to The Santa Barbara Independent. The activists "talked about not feeling safe or welcome on campus and shared experiences in which they were called the n-word, were spit on, and were monitored by police in school spaces." They called on the administration to "just believe us."

Maas was a strange target for such frustrations, since it was describing this very problem that got her in trouble. Nevertheless, Akil Hill, a staffer in the admissions office, demanded that SBCC President Anthony Beebe take action. "She made a mistake, and there has to be consequences," said Hill. "You can't continue coming to work like nothing happened."

Beebe eventually placed Maas on leave, though many want her to resign as well, according to The Independent. Maas did not respond to a request for comment, but released this statement:

That word should never be used in any context as it only serves to perpetuate racism, and I was complicit. I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself. I will spend my future at SBCC more aware of how words can cause pain. Additionally, I will continue to be a part of the changes needed to help battle on campus racism.

Complicit? This sounds like a forced confession. In any case, I don't accept that there's no conceivable reason to ever use the word itself. What if you need to tell a child, for instance, that this is one of those words you just shouldn't say?

I don't know whether Maas is an effective vice president for the college, and I wouldn't necessarily grant an administrator the same protections as a member of the faculty. But she shouldn't have to resign for using the n-word while explaining that the n-word is bad.

The college did not respond to a request for comment.

Correction*: The vice president's name was initially misspelled. This has been corrected.

Photo Credit: Sushirolla2011

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  • Eddy||

    "Look, nobody is to stone *anyone* until I blow this whistle, understand? Even, and I want to make myself perfectly clear, even if they do say 'Jehovah.'"

  • Agammamon||

    *WAP!*

  • Quixote||

    Rather than having her leave, it might have been better to call the police on her and seek refuge in one of the campus's barricaded safe spaces during the arrest. On the other hand, maybe she's the one who should have called the police. That's certainly the way we would have handled it here at NYU. See the documentation of our nation's leading criminal "satire" case at:

    https://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Just take all these shrill leftists and send them on a one way trip to the Antarctic. Tired of people who think they have a free pass to infringe on our freedoms. They need to go, one way or the other.

  • BambiB||

    Too many niggers on college campuses these days.

  • Eddy||

    "I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself."

    Barf.

  • Ska||

    I need to listen to Liquid Swords at high volume. It's been a long time.

  • Sometimes a Great Notion||

    That was the night that everything changed...

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    They actually say this stuff, like a quote right out of a dystopian novel about a thought crime.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    During "a gender equity working group" no less.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Serious question: What percentage of your DNA must be African before you can use the n-word?

  • Charlize Theron||

    He's asking for a friend.

  • Matthew Chalice||

    You were great in Atomic Blonde!

  • Eddy||

    Heck, she's great in anything, and even better in nothing.

  • Dillinger||

    i enjoyed her demise in Prometheus

  • Agammamon||

    'The Prometheus School of Running Away From Things'

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I have a treatment for "Charlize Theron vs. The Sybian".

    Hint: it ends well

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    It's good to see an African-American among the commenters.

  • BambiB||

    Zero. Just say, "nigger".

  • Zeb||

    "I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself."

    No, lady, you are the one who is supposed to be educating these assholes who are attacking you.

  • JonFrum||

    She should be fired for stupidity alone. How many times has this already happened? There should be a Career Darwin Award for these people.

  • Agammamon||

    Activists Force Santa Barbara City College VP to Take Leave For Using the N-Word While Explaining Why It's Bad

    Nuance?

    Sidenote - when you call it 'the N-word' you're reinforcing the very memes that make people freak out about hearing it. By calling it 'the N-Word' you're making it mythical. You're giving it power. You're giving justification for all the stupid shit people do when someone says nigger no matter the context.

  • Agammamon||

    The context greatly ameliorates the seriousness of the offense.

    See?

    You think its an offense in the first place and that its still an offense - just one where this guy can provide an affirmative defense which should be taken in to consideration at sentencing.

  • Agammamon||

    Complicit? This sounds like a forced confession.

    Of course it was a confession - she committed a serious offense, remember? But she's penitent and throwing herself on the mercy of the court.

  • Pinky||

    Mercy? What is this thing, mercy.

  • MiloMinderbinder||

    This!

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Agammmamon must be banned!!!

  • JoeJoetheIdiotCircusBoy||

    So that he can reflect on what took place and do thoughtful informed work to educate himself of course.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>nigger

    fury!

  • Brandybuck||

    It's those niggling little details about the words we use. We need to be more niggardly in our use the N-words.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    It's basically become the Magic-User 9the level spell 'Power Word: Nigger'. When cast causes all leftists with a ten mi,e radius to lose their collective minds for 1d20 days. Magic-User must make a successful saving throw or 1dwo x 100 SJWs go into a berserker range until the Magic -User has lost his job. Normal negative modifiers if the Magic-User is white.

  • Rich||

    "You can't continue coming to work like nothing happened."

    Um, I daresay *many* people can.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    I suspect those students could continue working like nothing happened too, without this incident affecting their daily habit in any way. It's almost as though nothing happened at all.

  • Eddy||

  • ||

    I wonder how many of these offended people listen to rap music where the n word is used repeatedly in the lyrics???

  • Tony||

    Nah, or any other artform I reckon. It's one of the first things to go in the cultural revolution.

  • MarkLastname||

    No, you can still listen to La Marseillaise. In fact you have to, at least 30 times a day.

  • Juice||

    Nah, or any other artform I reckon.

    Michael Richards is pleased to hear this.

  • majil||

    Only bitches , hos and rap stars can say nigger

  • Tony||

    Sounds more like a hostage statement than a genuine confession.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    There you go being agreeable Tony again.

  • Matthew Chalice||

    Same shit happened to Viggo Mortensen while he was promoting his new anti-racist movie Green Book. He used the N-word to explain why you shouldn't use, and the fucking SJW brigade on Twitter threw a fit.

    Of course, this is all about squashing dissent. V.M. doesn't like Hillary and voted for Jill Stein, so he needs to be taken down a notch. (Stein is repugnant, but the idea that Hillary was the Most Qualified Candidate Ever needs to be beaten into the ground.)

  • Matthew Chalice||

    *shouldn't use it

  • ||

    So, we are back to banning Huckleberry Finn for all the wrong reasons.

    Where is Twain when we need him to mock these fools?

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Twain would have been among the first they'd march to the guillotine. And he'd have some clever quip about that situation which would completely be lost on the audience.

  • TuIpa||

    Waiting for the day "nigger" becomes the go to weapon of transhressives.

  • TuIpa||

    *transgressives

  • Skyhawk||

    What does gender have to do with it?

  • Idaho Bob||

    There's a joke in there

  • ||

    The context greatly ameliorates the seriousness of the offense.

    Unless I consider every use of the word offensive up front and by default without regard to who's speaking it, no it doesn't.

    Of note: when I Google Lyndsey Bass, lots of pictures of Lyndsey Scott come up.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>When student activists heard about it, they were furious.

    stop giving the children words like furious ... they weren't furious they were acting furious ... notice us!

  • LarryA||

    When student activists heard about it, they were furious.

    Note that apparently no one in the working group who actually heard the word felt threatened or was furious.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    What if you need to tell a child, for instance, that this is one of those words you just shouldn't say?

    Then both of you should resign immediately.

  • Eddy||

  • ||

    "I was complicit. I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself."

    Was his head down with a chain around his neck when he said that? Jesus, grow a pair already academics.

    Repent.

    But we won't forgive.

  • IceTrey||

    The black guys I buy drugs from use it so much even though I'm an "I don't give a fuck" libertarian it starts to make me uncomfortable. Literally every other word.

  • Zeb||

    And I think that might be one of the cultural barriers that helps keep race and racism a big issue. How are you supposed to form a more unified and equal-opportunity culture when one group communicates in a way that others are forbidden to use?

  • MarkLastname||

    Not to mention many black people reflexively use the word to describe even a white person or non-black person in general. Like it basically just means 'person' or 'guy.'

  • Ecoli||

    You should not buy drugs from black guys. That is foolish. The law enforcement community will be niggardly in their leniency toward you.

  • darkflame||

    I really want one of these administrations to find their balls and finally tell the students "You guys are idiots, now shut the hell up". They riot? Congratulations, they can get kicked out. Students try to make it a huge deal? See how much support they get when the facts come out on national news.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    We need more people in this world who refuse to apologize when the outrage mobs are looking for something to get outraged about.

  • Juice||

    They riot? Congratulations, they can get kicked out.

    Or given more power. Depends on the school.

    Students try to make it a huge deal? See how much support they get when the facts come out on national news.

    It doesn't look like you fully understand the situation.

  • Social Justice is neither||

    The first rule of Race and Gender inequality club is your not allowed to talk about Race and Gender inequality club.

    Talking about a problem to raise awareness and develop solutions is obviously no way to ameliorate the situation, it's much better if we just believe them regardless of facts or history and do whatever they say is the solution without thought or consideration.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    The activists "talked about not feeling safe or welcome on campus and shared experiences in which they were called the n-word, were spit on, and were monitored by police in school spaces." They called on the administration to "just believe us."

    So I suppose this happened to them by extension of something that happened to some people in Selma over 50 years ago?

    "Just believe" and if you don't you have virtually called us racial epithets and practically spit on us.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    If you're fine with Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court you're literally raping women every day.

  • LarryA||

    The activists "talked about not feeling safe or welcome on campus and shared experiences in which they were called the n-word,
    And called for the resignation of Maas, who:
    repeated a story a student had told her about a racial slur that was aimed in the student's direction,

    Isn't that kind of like the same thing? Pot calling the kettle - um - shiny?

  • Zeb||

    Jesus, it's like they think words have magical powers or something. That the mere utterance of certain words is an offense is just absurd.
    They need to read up on the distinction between use and mention too. Mentioning the existence of the word "nigger" is not using racial epithets.

    The apology is just pathetic. She should have refused to apologize and defended herself.

    Making certain words off-limits is not going to help the cause of anti-racism. Do they seriously think that any utterance of "nigger" is going to spur otherwise reasonable people to become more racist?

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    Jesus, it's like they think words have magical powers or something

    Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQei0oPn1kw

  • Jerry B.||

    Can we please round these people up and make them watch the unedited version of "Blazing Saddles" 24/7/365 until their brains explode?

    Then can we hunt down the people who thought it was a good idea to bowdlerize "Blazing Saddles in the first place?

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Can you imagine the reaction if a Mel Brooks movie were to be released now? Sexist ["What knockers!"] and racist ["The sheriff is a n-BONG!"], just to name a couple.

  • Dillinger||

    what'd he say? he said the sheriff's near!

  • ||

    I have to say - this article made me snigger.

  • MarkLastname||

    You ought to be more niggardly with your sniggers.

  • Juice||

    lol

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    You beat me to it.

  • Brandybuck||

    What if she just wrote it as an anagram on a piece of paper?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Ginger?

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    So Giliigan's Island is racist?

  • Jayburd||

    or played a looped sample of a rap song

  • ax a nigga||

    I always thought white people invented the "n-word" so white women on tv can get away with saying nigger.

  • Enemy of the State||

    Gotta stories about the left eating their own...

  • wintroub||

    This happened to me around 1986 when I worked for Ma Bell. I held an AA/EEO meeting with the group I managed. I was explaining that Affirmative Action is not just a matter of not calling people kikes, niggers, wops, chinks, etc. "AA means taking actual AFFIRMATIVE actions to help fellow employees do better in their jobs. In the employment/recruitment process, it means going out and FINDING qualified minority members to hire (and women to hire into "non-traditional" jobs like Construction Foreman)."

    My boss called me in to ask if I had actually said "nigger". Actually, it was so long ago, I don't remember if he said "nigger" or "n-word". Nor do I remember what, if anything, happened to me after The Talk. Did I have to apologize to the complainant? To my my whole office? Did I have to take a leave of absence or do other penance? Don't recall.

    But I sure remember the incident. I left the company two years later.

  • Jayburd||

    But the fact that those terms just rolled off your tongue.............

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    An SJW always knows what is in the minds and hearts of others, even if they don't.

  • wintroub||

    Umm, what comes after "............."?

  • tommhan||

    College students are just little crybabies now that cannot tolerate adult conversation or discussion now. SMH OFTEN.

  • antodav||

    If they feel that "unsafe" and "unwelcome" on campus and really do have people spitting on them and hurling racial slurs constantly (which I very much doubt, as with most hate crimes these are probably made up) then why the hell do they go there?

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