In a sign the Black Lives Matter movement is spreading around the globe, leaders at Oxford University have been forced to get woke.
Oxford University has notified students that if any of them are “affected” by George Floyd’s death, they can apply for special consideration in their exams, the Evening Standard reported.
The school’s vice-chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, wrote “an open letter, signed by the heads of Oxford’s colleges, following pressure in recent weeks to act.”
She thanked students for calling her attention to “the traumatic effect of the brutality which killed George Floyd,” calling it “a manifestation of institutionalised racism”.
“Any student taking university assessments who feels their performance has been affected should submit a self-assessment mitigating circumstances form after their final examination or assessment.”
Richardson told students that “Heads of house will alert tutors and welfare staff to the potential need for workload to be cut” and “urge colleagues to reach out” to students.
Prof Richardson also wrote:
Maths and science degrees had secured a grant to decolonise curriculums…an area that is frequently overlooked.
Many departments in social sciences have begun work on making their curriculum more inclusive and adding diverse voices to it.
This includes steps such as integrating race and gender questions into topics, embedding teaching on colonialism and empire into courses, changing reading lists to ensure substantial representation of a diverse range of voices, and ensuring better coverage of issues concerning the global South in syllabuses.
Richardson’s letter had been in response to an open letter from students claiming that the leadership of Oxford University had “failed to address its institutional racism.” Oxford has received criticism for their traditionally low acceptance rate of black students.
In a recent Black Lives Matter protest, a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century slave owner, was toppled in Bristol.
After it was determined that four-time British Prime Minister, William Gladstone’s father had been tied to slave-holding, Liverpool University changed the name of a residence hall named after him.
The Blaze’s Dave Urbanski points out that this isn’t the first time Oxford has been pressured into making changes. Last year, its student council voted to “mandate the use of “silent jazz hands” instead of traditional clapping at council meetings in order to boost “inclusivity” and reduce “anxiety.”