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Texas Students Walk Out After Hearing Humans Came From Africa Because of Course They Did

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Students walk out of Texas State University professor John McGee’s class. Photo courtesy Twitter.

For (white) students at Texas State University, the truth about human origins was just too much.

The truth hurts. Undergraduate students at Texas State University in San Marcos discovered that fact recently after they sat for a lecture from their professor, John McGree, in which he told students that all humans originated on the African continent. Well, apparently, some (white) students were so appalled by his statement that they got up and walked out of McGree’s classroom, according to a report in The Tab.

According to The Tab, McGree, who was explaining concepts of race in an introductory course on cultural anthropology, opened his talk with a comment about the Black Lives Matter movement before transitioning into a discussion about the geographical origins of homo sapiens.

After telling his class that all people come from Africa, one student sarcastically blurted “sure.” After this, several students stood up and walked out, while others remained behind to argue the point.

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“A lot of people left,” said Karene Taylor, 19, who was present in class that day. “It was embarrassing.”

Another student, Justine Lundy, 20, speculates that it was the mention of Black Lives Matter that led students to leave.

“[McGee] wasn’t picking sides or anything — he kept reiterating that,” Lundy said.

While not denying the possibility that some students might’ve taken issue with his lecture, McGree, who teaches a packed crowd — 390 students — told reporters that he didn’t see anything happen. It’s “possible that someone didn’t like the topic and walked out,” McGree said.

This is not the first time that the Texas educational system has been dragged over the coals. Last year, the city of Pearland came under fire after a black mother spotted a historically inaccurate caption beside a picture of a map in the pages of her 15-year-old son’s social studies textbook — “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations” — and accused publisher McGraw-Hill of deliberately “whitewashing” American history and misinforming impressionable high school students.

McGraw-Hill immediately issued a statement apologizing for the error, admitted their language was inappropriate and established a plan to conduct “a close review of the content.”


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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