White, Male Penn Students Called On Last In Some Classrooms

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Authored by Nathan Rubbelke via TheCollegeFix.com,

‘Progressive stacking’ not new, not isolated to Penn...

The backlash may be new, but the method is not.

Controversy erupted recently after tweets from an Ivy League teaching assistant showed her admitting she only calls on white male students as a last resort.

“I will always call on my black women students first. Other [people of color] get second tier priority. [White women] come next. And, if I have to, white men,” University of Pennsylvania teaching assistant Stephanie McKellop tweeted in October.

McKellop’s tweets spotlight a method known as the “progressive stack” in which speaking priority is given to minority voices while those deemed as having privilege must wait their turn.

McKellop’s comments ignited a firestorm over the controversial teaching method and prompted her university to look into the situation, but a College Fix review of online documentation shows McKellop is far from the first instructor to employ the “progressive stack” in the classroom.

Use of the progressive stack, which is lauded by advocates as amplifying oppressed voices and criticized by others as discriminatory, has been used in college classrooms for years, and has roots in liberal activism.

The College Fix review found several instances in which scholars have engaged in the practice. Additionally, a sociology professor told Inside Higher Ed progressive stacking dates back at least a couple decades.

In an email to The College Fix, University of New Mexico psychology professor Geoffrey Miller denounced the “progressive stack” method and said it will further alienate universities from their stakeholders.

“It’s obvious that universities feel deeply embarrassed when whistle-blowers publicize that progressive stacking is being used in their classrooms; they know that parents, alumni, legislators, and taxpayers can see how discriminatory it is, and will withdraw financial support if it continues,” Miller said.

The method has been met with resistance by students as well. It drew complaints in one college course because students felt it “silenced straight white male students on the basis of their identities,” according to an article published by the course’s instructors.

According to the conservative website Legal Insurrection, the tactic traces back at least to the well-known Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

“It has been a core part of progressive and academic organizing at least since the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011,” the website states.

A 2011 article from the liberal magazine The Nation highlighted how Occupy Wall Street protesters used progressive stacking as a means to allow those from “traditionally marginalized groups” to speak at events.

“In other words: women and minorities get to go to the front of the line,” the article explains.

The use of the “progressive stack” in Occupy Wall Street appears to have fueled its use on campus in a few of the cases identified by The Fix.

In a 2014 essay published online, then-UC Berkeley Ph.D candidate Genevieve Painter explained how the Occupy Wall Street movement taught her “how to occupy my own classroom” and explains how she and her colleagues “brought techniques from the movement” into a course.

One of those techniques included the “progressive stack” method, which Painter mentions was used by a professor she assisted in a legal theory course to moderate discussion. Painter inferred that white male students were actually called on first since they were a minority in the class.

“Afterwards, we discussed how students felt – particularly given that, in a classroom populated largely by women, the progressive stack entailed giving speaking priority to the white men in the room,” she wrote.

Painter did not respond to a request seeking comment.

In a 2013 article published in the journal “Radical Teacher,” a cohort of instructors who taught an “Occupy Wall Street-inspired” course admit to using the progressive stack in the class.

In their article, the professors explain they moderated discussion in their “#occupyyoureducation” course by “calling on those who had not spoken (or rarely spoke), women, queer-identified students, and students of color before we called on regular talkers, white, straight, and/or male students.”

However, the method was met with criticism from some students who complained progressive stacking muzzled white men in the class. In their article, the instructors said the complaints led to a meeting with their department chair and that they “took this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about the class.”

Two of the course’s instructors, who now teach at different universities, did not respond to emails from The College Fix regarding their use of the progressive stack method.

In 2015, Saint Mary’s University professor Jody Haiven said at a panel discussion on misogyny that women should be allowed to speak first in public settings. Haiven, a management professor, said she practiced the technique in her own teaching, according to a news article.

[[n] the management department, women get to speak first. I think that that is a primary issue that we actually have to look at, how to do question and answer [periods]. And we can start today,” she said.

When probed about whether that tactic could lead to sexism against men, Haiven reportedly said “yes, I suppose at some point that could happen.”

Haiven did not respond to a request seeking comment.

The “progressive stack” method was also used at a 2014 conference on “Transnational Feminisms” that was hosted for scholars at Ohio State University.

“Since some people feel more comfortable than others in settings like these, we ask facilitators to keep a ‘progressive stack’ of speakers, asking those who have already spoken in the session to wait until all others have spoken once before speaking again,” the conference’s welcome packet states.

The packet asks “all participants to privilege the voices of those who might easily be marginalized in academic conversations in the [U.S.].” It goes on to list students, foreigners, non-native English speakers, junior faculty members and the disabled as those who fall under that category.

Amid McKellop’s tweets about her use of the “progressive stack” method, scholars rallied to her defense on social media and defended her use of the technique. They include Cornell Ph.D candidate Jesse Goldberg, who tweeted that he uses the progressive stack in courses he teaches.

In a series of tweets, Goldberg said the progressive stack is an “established method of facilitating discussion.”

“It’s based on the social fact that in conversation, people who signify as being of marginalized identities are talked over constantly,” he said.

Goldberg added that “the method is flawed” but refuted accusations it’s discriminatory.

Yet other scholars disagree.

“Most academics strive to maintain an environment where everyone can speak as opposed to stack participation to address social patterns or bias. Each student must be treated equally — not de-prioritized due to his association with a racial or gender group,” writes famed law professor Jonathan Turley. “While there are an array of social ills outside of the classroom, we maintain an equality of thought and status as a basic component of high education. Moreover, our students come to our schools to be treated equally — not to find themselves the ongoing social experiment of people like McKellop.”

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falconflight's picture

Well you are embarrassing yourself.  GED?  Or less?  No academic discipline would require someone to disprove the last time one beat his wife.  BLM/AnTiFa like squawking from someone espousing your ideology is pretty snickering funny.

gearjammers1's picture

But it's saved on hard drive, what you evil jews did - how you jews pushed the Iraq war -  thousands of articles -  all the evidence saved on one of my old cds

falconflight's picture

WHich jews?  how many jews?  Iraq under Saaaadam was a thorn in Iran's side and kept the Saudis and Kuwaitis afraid, how would removing him help the Jooos?  BTW, when Saaadam offered a clear threat, the IDF bombed their nuke program to pieces.  Remember?

gearjammers1's picture

Don't worry about it all. All those old cds proving Jewish guilt get tossed out in the trash. Those old cds proving Jewish guillt are rotting in a landfill somewhere

gearjammers1's picture

there were articles in the Israeli papers 15 years ago - Jews celebrating the decadance of the German Weimar period - a lot of us old timers saved those old Israeli articles to our hard drives.

gearjammers1's picture

Liza Minnelli in Cabaret? >>>

No, it was fat hairy back Jews like Harvery Weinstein taking advantage of good German girls.

Teknopagan's picture

Read Jewish domination in the Weimar Republic; then ask again.

freedom1798's picture

There were many jews in academia in Germany in the 1930s.  Unfortunately a lot of them emigrated to the United States.

frontierland's picture

Hitler targeted Anti-German Communists, most of which, coincidentally, were also Jews.

chrsn's picture

The more you try to prop up someone's self-esteem, the lower it falls.

wisehiney's picture

I would raise my hand and do the Arnold Horshack until they finally called on me.

Then I would scream "FUCK YOU ASSHOLES!"

And walk out forever.



Falconsixone's picture

Definitely racist.

Dumpster Elite's picture

There is a very easy way around this issue. WHY would you send your kids to these schools, if you didn't approve of their teaching methods. None of my kids is, or has, gone to any of these schools. We thoroughly vetted all our kids' schools, and we'd be damned if we're giving our hard-earned cash to Communist Indoctrination Centers.

Compost_Ranger's picture

"my black women" --does this racist TA kunt believe she owns an identity group?? 

Liberalism IS a mental disorder.

OccamsCrazor's picture

paraphrased "MY SLAVE" or "MY BITCH".   She sounds like 19th century plantation owner. 

HRH Feant2's picture

Yeah! As long as it is her plantation you will be her bitch.

I hate those kind of women. Power-hungry assholes.

One more reason I am self employed.

Drop-Hammer's picture

F*ck these niggers.  Niggers should never have been allowed to teach us evil YT's.  They are sub-human apes.  Cheetah the Chimp would do a better job.

Krink26's picture

Screw these idiots. They are building up a backlash that is going to be so much worse than they have ever experienced in real life - not perceived.  And when it happens my reaction will be different than from before.  Something like - I didn't see anything, I was watching a squirrel.  Did you see the squirrel? It was furry.

waspwench's picture

My guess there already is a backlash.

At one time I would have thought nothing of a black doctor, black teacher, black nurse, black person with whom I came into contact in any position.   Now I actively avoid/evade the black because I cannot be certain that I will be treated fairly, I cannot be certain I will not find myself accused of racism over some innocent remark and, because of affirmative action, I cannot be certain that they are competent.

I would guess that very many other people act as I do.   It's only sensible, but it will serve to further marginalise blacks, many of whom are only being hired to fill quotas in the first place.   I would guess employers minimise black hires wherever possible.

gearjammers1's picture

I was in that situation 35 years ago - the white kid is the only one in the classroom who understand the theory. I was that white kid. The negro chicks have no idea what is going on, but they have a crush on the smart white kid (me) who understand the theory. The blacks girls are sweet and gentle, the blacks aren't yet in the majority. Smart white kid (me) gets nice sweet negro lab partner an A+ in the lab. Fast forward 35 years - the negro chicks aren't nice anymore. They are loud mouthed and vicious, they are trying to take control of the University. They are marxist white-haters. They want to kill the whites and steal their stuff. The stupid blacks are screaming "Math is racist"

OccamsCrazor's picture

Anything that makes black women look STOOPID is racist.  So that pretty much includes everything. 


They are easily triggered.  


Why do you think black men run after impregnation ?  99 out of 100 black kids are fatherless. Go figure.  

Falconsixone's picture

Somewhere someone's hoping it goes full circle and blacks/browns/whites see what's being done.

frontierland's picture

((( Jesse Goldberg)))

Says the (((Progressive Stack))) is an “established method of facilitating discussion.”


Established by whom.  Anti-Whites of course.


OccamsCrazor's picture

There is no such thing as reverse discrimination. 

These "TAs" are just TOO STUPID TO POOP. 

kevindow's picture

Undergraduate classes and majors which "progressive stacking" is even physically possible are doomed to unemployment, underemployment and/or relatively low wages. I was a STEM graduate, and this nonsense was not even an option. Questions or interactions with the prof rarely happened during the class, and any questions or interaction with the prof usually happened after the end of class, in private and in an orderly line. Unfortunately, my taxes will likely be supporting people who took classes in which "progressive stacking" occurred. But I will take individual accomplishment over government dependence every day and twice on Sunday.  

saldulilem's picture

Haven't they suffered enough?

OccamsCrazor's picture

A B.S. in psychology.  

Isn't that the same as graduating from kindergarten ? 


That wouldn't even qualify her to cook hamboogers at Mc'D's ! 

HRH Feant2's picture

Goddamned fucking commies have fucked up every part of western culture.

This is not going to end well.

Leads me back to Orwell. "How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?

"Some animals are more equal than others."

I hate to say this but there will be rivers of blood. Fucking idiots.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

Couple of thoughts.....

-Higher education costs upwards of 70 grand per year at these snob factories.

-Any responsible parents should be very familiar with
ratemyprofessor.com and understand exactly what their college student is dealing with.

-The flagship state university in each state costs a fraction of these intolerant and overbearing private schools.

-Sadly, many people believe this mindless discrimination is a good idea and long overdue.

-If your college age son or daughter finds themselves discriminated, get yourself a great lawyer, and sue the moron factory for everything they have.

Boeing Boy's picture

American universiteies really are fcuked. Good luck....

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Well duh. That is cause white guy knows the right answer. The unfair privilege of brains or whatever they call it.

francis scott falseflag's picture

How much time is wasted until someone gives the right answer?


The class has to listen to 'C' student's answers when they could have moved on

rejected's picture

Oh yea!

America is gonna do real well in competition with other nations.

As an older white male I thought about finishing my edumacation a few years back. While walking to the registration office I passed many females of different persuasions, many black males and some Latino males but only 2 Caucasian males. The demographics were all wrong considering the location of the school.

Saw the writing on the wall,,, left and never returned. Best decision of my life.

petersl41@gmail.com's picture

As a University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, I am appalled by this story. It is part and parcel of today's so-called "progressive" mind set to be discriminatory and be completely irrational about the justification therefor.

AUD's picture

The white man in the first picture doesn't look like he's even listening to the question.

Probably staring at the arse of the girl in front.

Aubiekong's picture

That's why you should hire white male graduates first, its only fair...

ogretown's picture

Nice way for the (worthless) liberal educators to ensure that racism is alive and well.  I would suggest that recruiters for white power groups will have a dead simple time adding new members to their already growing rosters. 

RaoulDuke66's picture

This is actaully a very good idea. It means the white male students get a chance at the end to correct all the foregoing guff.

Indelible Scars's picture

Ha ha! Assistant knob polisher. So what, guys?  Take your brain elsewhere.

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

They do realize that less than half of college students are male, yes? They do realize the preferential treatment that other ethnicities artificially receive, yes? I also wonder how a handicap person is marginalized in the classroom, given that they get preferential admissions, early course enrollment, a special parking space, and specialized seating. I would also like to see what body of research and evidence they have for non-white male voices getting silenced in college classrooms. It's peculiar that they would acknowledge that this practice *could* lead to sexism, when it is inherently sexist and racist, as is.

Progressive stack? They should call it "bigoted-inferiority-complex stack". It's also very insulting and incorrect for them to assume gender, and recognize the false social construct of race, right? Unbelievable what has happened to academia.

medium giraffe's picture

It's okay to be white

falconflight's picture

I read that story...that's now considered racist.  Communist PC is becoming every bit totalitarian here as every where else where people didn't fight them to the death.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Let's see some identification.  And put your hands on the roof of the car.  

ChaoKrungThep's picture

Can't afford a car. Hands on the bicycle seat good enough?