‘Out of Africa’ Remarks Cause Student Walkout
Texas University students walked out of a professor’s class after he said in a lesson that all living people originated in Africa.
Some members of Dr. John McGee’s Cultural Anthropology class exited the classroom as some students who remained called after them, “Black Lives Matter.”
The lecture started out with a message from Professor McGee that the day’s class would be a lesson on race and that everyone should listen, 20-year-old Justine Lundy told The Tab. The professor started talking about the Black Lives Matter movement and its origins after stating that all living being descended from Africa.
“It was dead silent,” Lundy said before a student retorted with a “sarcastic ‘sure.'”
“A lot of people left,” said Karene Taylor, 19, who attended the lecture. “It was embarrassing.”
Lundy said she was pretty sure it was the Black Lives Matter talk that prompted students to argue and leave even though “Professor McGee wasn’t picking sides or anything—he kept reiterating that.”
McGee said he did not witness any outright dissent but because the class is so large, “it is possible that someone didn’t like the topic and walked out.”
The students may disagree with McGee, but the “out of Africa” theory is widely accepted by the scientific community. Andrea Manica and his team spent years of research comparing thousands of human skulls as recently as 2007 to prove that we all indeed did originate from Africa.
“As a whole, I think the group is open-minded,” McGee said. “Understanding other peoples’ perspectives is a basic part of cultural anthropology.”