Penn State Prof. singles White male student, says skin color benefits him over Black students

A professor at the Pennsylvania State singled out an “average White guy” during a lecture to use him as an example of his skin gives him benefits that none of the Black students possess, stating that having comparable backgrounds and resumes are of no consequence to the phenomenon.

“I just take the average White guy in class, whoever it is, it doesn’t really matter,” sociology professor Sam Richards says in a video that was taken of the lecture last month.

“Dude, this guy here. Stand up, bro. What’s your name, bro?” the professor asks the cherry-picked White male student named Russell.

“Look at Russell, right here, it doesn’t matter what he does,” Richards continues in the video. “If I match him up with a Black guy in class, or a Brown guy, even … who’s just like him, has the same GPA, looks like him, walks like him, talks like him, acts in a similar way, has been involved in the same groups on campus, takes the same leadership positions, whatever it is … and we send them into the same jobs … Russell has a benefit of having White skin.”

Penn State responded to the video on Fox News, clarifying that  “Professor Richards purposefully teaches in a manner designed to promote discussion across a spectrum of opinions. His class is a popular elective, in which each semester hundreds (~800) of students join, bringing their varied perspectives.”

“The class is quite balanced with individuals from different ethnic, gender, and political backgrounds. Richards and his course colleagues take time to discuss opinions from many perspectives — from liberal to conservative — and the classroom conversation is framed in a thoughtful way; this is supported in post-course surveys among students who have taken the class.”

The Pennsylvania school pointed out that “often on social media short snippets are taken out of a longer lecture/class discussion, and at times taken out of context.”

Professor Richards is a popular and esteemed sociology teacher on campus, known widely for making controversial statements.

In an interview last summer during protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, he commented that “people are not getting all the stories of people who are really peacefully assembling and just getting the s**t beat out of them by the police for no reason whatsoever.”

“If that happens once it’s a problem, but it’s happening again and again. It should be disturbing to people,” he continued.

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