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Montana professor accused of ‘black nationalism’ in fliers aimed at his African-American studies class

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The director of the African-American studies program at the University of Montana found a racially-charged message on the bulletin board of a campus building this week.

Professor Tobin Miller Shearer posted a flyer about a new class he was offering during the spring 2018 term called “White Supremacy History/Defeat,” he told The Missoulian. The following day he found a different flier made to look exactly like his that was placed on top of it but advertizing a class that doesn’t exist and changing the objectives of the course.

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For example, Shearer read: “Implement and evaluate a project to dismantle white supremacy in the U.S.” The new flier read: “Implement and evaluate a project to dismantle black nationalism in the U.S.”

The fake flier also said that the class would offer group projects “aimed at dismantling race-baiting hypocrisy.”

Shearer said that the most disturbing was that it was obvious the person that did it put a great amount of time into making it look real and match his flier. One detail that stuck out was that his name was removed and replaced by a misspelled name of the previous director of the African-American studies program. That professor hasn’t been at the school for a decade.

“It’s at best someone who knows the history of the program. At worst, it’s another faculty member who knows the history,” Shearer said.

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He explained that it isn’t the first time the program was targeted with racially charged messages. Shearer himself was put on a “Professor Watchlist” by a conservative group called Turning Point USA. The nationwide student group claims to be a “powerful conservative grassroots activist network on college campuses across the country.”

Students at the university have also come to him after experiencing hate speech or racist acts.

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“I’m not surprised by this,” Shearer explained, noting he did contact the campus police. “I’m disturbed by this.”

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