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Race to vilify math professor wrong response says FIRE

September 20, 2006

A veteran professor at a community college in Seattle is protesting the school's decision to suspend him over what it calls a "racist" math exam question.

The math test question written by Bellevue Community College (BCC) professor Peter Ratener in 2004 involved a person named "Condoleezza" tossing a watermelon from the top of a building. Last spring a student complained that the question was racially offensive. In response, the college's Board of Trustees called Ratener's conduct a "gross violation of BCC's mission and core values of respect for diversity... Download file "Race to vilify math professor wrong response says FIRE"

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