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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 08:59 AM

Weber State grapples with issues of racism, academic freedom in wake of viral student YouTube videos

OGDEN — Weber State University has launched an investigation after YouTube videos alleging that the university’s debate director teaches anti-white curriculum went viral on social media.

In the videos, first-year Weber State student Michael Moreno, who is white, claims that the Weber State debate director, Ryan Wash, who is black, will not allow students to develop their own arguments but forces them to use arguments he selects or approves — arguments that Moreno sees as discriminatory toward white people. He says that Wash is unfit to teach debate or any other subject and is calling for Wash’s termination.

“I don’t think that students should be forced with that dilemma of ‘regurgitate radical leftist ideology or don’t get to do debate.’ That’s not fair,” Moreno said. “All students should be able to do debate.”

However, Wash and several members of the debate team say that the recordings are taken out of context and show Wash preparing his team for competition by presenting potential arguments that they could make or arguments they could face.

Read more: https://www.standard.net/news/education/weber-state-grapples-with-issues-of-racism-academic-freedom-in/article_52e54cde-ed2e-5318-a322-274d354f2176.html
(Ogden Standard Examiner)

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