Syracuse Prof Who Said America Deserved 9/11 Now Hosts a 'Black Only' Writing Class

Haika Mrema | June 27, 2023
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A Syracuse University professor organized a summer writing workshop open only to black students – and we're to believe that’s not discriminatory at all. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jenn M. Jackson is hosting the summer writing workshop through Colored Convos Media, an LLC she co-founded. 

“We are a Black and queer-owned and operated media company dedicated to providing support to Black and queer writers and content creators,” the sign-up form reads

“While you do not have to be queer to participate in the spaces, you do have to be Black and you must be committed to centering and honoring the lives and experiences of all queer and trans people.”

The form also asks prospective participants, “Are you black?” and, “Are you queer?” 

Jackson claims to be a “queer genderflux androgynous Black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all Black people” who researches “Black politics” and teaches subjects such as “Women and Gender Studies” and “LBGT studies.” 

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“We are supporting Black, queer, trans/nonbinary, womxn/femmes, and disabled folx for college applications, workshop fees, fellowships, and other writing support,” the website reads. “Each spring, we will host speakers from the literary, creative, and entertainment worlds who identify as Black, queer, trans, disabled, femme, and otherwise marginalized,” it adds. 

Jackson has faced criticism in the past for her remarks about 9/11 leading up to the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, in which she suggested America deserved what it got for being "heteropatriarchal" and "capitalistic."

“We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn’t,” she begins. “It was an attack on the systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect."

In another tweet, Jackson said she is “disturbed” by “how many white pundits and correspondents” still talk about September 11 a full two decades later. 

I would explain how her workshop is racist and her tweets are repugnant, but her words say it all. 

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