Abby Dawson’s bad day got worse


First there was this

Ms. Dawson an advisor at Kennesaw State University literally redefined harassment when she told kevinbrucestudent, Kevin Bruce of the University that his sitting and waiting to talk someone about his classes was harassment. If you watched the video you heard her say that.  She didn’t make the claim that the student was talking to anyone, catcalling, whistling, disrupting office work any of that, his merely sitting in office supplied furniture and waiting to see an available employee of the University was intimidating to Ms. Dawson.  Kudos to Mr. Bruce who despite the dynamics, he a black male and Ms. Dawson a white female in the South never claimed it was about race but rather about an employee who acted unprofessionally.

KSU saw it Bruce’s way

KSU says it is suspending Abby Dawson from her advising responsibilities at the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Management.

“It’s something that needed to be done,” said one senior, who said she also had Dawson as an adviser.

Dawson will be reassigned, and not permitted to advise students unless she completes new training.

“We have made it very clear to Ms. Dawson and her supervisors that the behavior she demonstrated on the video will not be tolerated; and while we have apologized to the student directly, we also want to publicly apologize for her behavior, which is not representative of KSU’s student-centered culture,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ken Harmon.

Harmon says they plan to reorganize their advising system and add more advisers to increase the adviser to student ratio.

“While we in no way condone Ms. Dawson’s actions, we also acknowledge that we need to make some changes in our advising structure to provide more training and support for our staff so that they are better equipped to help our students navigate their college experience,” said Harmon.

I applaud both Mr. Bruce and KSU for handling a delicate situation delicately.  I hope Ms. Dawson gets the help she so clearly needs.

 

America’s cognitive dissonance regarding race


Steve King,steve king (R.Iowa) has made an ass of himself yet again with his reflections on Islam and Muslims in America.

“The president can dredge up his Crusader history and try to leverage that back against us to guilt us,” he (King) said, referring to President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, “but what’s this discrimination that’s going on against Muslims in this country? I’m not seeing it. I mean, they’re beheading Christians on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and some people are speaking ill of that component. So where are the moderate Muslims speaking up?”

and as usual he and his ilk dredge up the ‘where are the Muslim’s condemnation’ of acts allegedly perpetrated by Muslims as a way of implying the silence of Muslims is their acquiescence towards acts of terror and bigotry.  My response to King’s asinine innuendo is to ask ‘what happened to your Google’? For in making a few short keystrokes on his device he can find countless cries of Muslims denouncing criminality and terrorism committed worldwide. Either Mr. King is too lazy to search them out or is playing demagoguery to his base.  In either case he is certainly not interested in any voice that would contradict his racist notions.

What King said and did is only noteworthy when juxtaposed with this headline where an official for
United Airlines apologizes to Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim passenger, for discriminatory behavior on the part of an airline employee.


Tahera-AhmedWhile United did not operate the flight, Ms. Ahmad was our customer and we apologize to her for what occurred,” United spokesman Charles Hobart said in a statement. “United does not tolerate behavior that is discriminatory — or that appears to be discriminatory — against our customers or employees.

I guess Mr. King doesn’t know about this any more than he knows about Muslims who condemn acts of terrorism done by other Muslims.  As America continues down its historic path it seems increasingly more interested in ignoring its problems of diversity and racism instead of embracing and solving them. Mr. King is just one more enabler on that trek……..don’t be fooled. We still have a problem and we need to fix it.