Undercover at Berkeley- Students Protest Exam Because of Racism
WATCH: Berkeley Midterm Protesters Attack Students Who Don’t Want a ‘Take-Home’ Test
Students at the University of California, Berkeley shut down a professor’s attempt at giving a midterm exam due to recent events like the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane in Puerto Rico. The video was shared on YouTube by Joel Simonoff, a student studying electrical engineering and computer science at the university.
“Instead of an exam, we request a take-home essay with significant time to prepare.
Our [inaudible] are being put on the line because of our emotional and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in our everyday lives,” a male protester adds. He then continues that tests are unnecessary because they require memorization.
Berkeley Students Storm Out, Protest Exam
UC Berkeley students attempted to shut down their midterm exam, with claims that it would have a negative impact on their physical and mental health. The students, who were captured on video, demanded a “take-home essay with significant time to prepare” and accused their uncooperative professor of not checking his privilege.
“This is a campus that is truly related throughout Latin America to the notion of free speech, said professor Harley Shaiken to the class, eliciting laughter and derision from the protesters.
Dismissive of the professor, the activists claimed that their “well-beings are being put on the line because of the emotional, mental, and physical stress that this university is compounding with what is already going on in [their] everyday lives.”
One protester shouted: “Have you ever checked ‘unlisted’ or ‘undocumented immigrant’? I don’t think so!”