Students don't learn what they're supposed to in a college course for Professor Pamela Brekka's Art Appreciation, offered at the University of Florida. But, they do learn what words to avoid, if they don't want to risk point deductions. In the name of "celebrat[ing] diversity, not sameness," Brekka prohibits the use of "melting pot," Campus Reform reported.
Art Appreciation fulfills the Humanities and Diversity requirements. "Diversity courses provide instruction in the values, attitudes and norms that create cultural differences within the United States. These courses encourage you to recognize how social roles and status affect different groups in the United States. These courses guide you to analyze and to evaluate your own cultural norms and values in relation to those of other cultures, and to distinguish opportunities and constraints faced by other persons and groups," according to the course syllabus.
Campus Reform also points to a diversity statement. "We in this class support and promote diversity in race, veteran status, parental status, marital status, socio-economic level, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, cultural/ethnic identification, age, and political ideology," it says. Conspicuously missing is the idea of political diversity, as an anonymous student told Campus Reform. They are expected to confirm to Brekka's ideas.
"It’s almost as if the questions, how they’re worded, you can only answer them this one certain left-wing way," he said. "It was not a college level course...because we didn’t get a lot of the information."
Brekka claims that banning words or phrases "was never an attempt to suppress speech. I welcome open debate in all my classes," she told Campus Reform. Brekka reflects the idea of how diversity "efforts" from thought and speech police like bias response teams actually harm real diversity. The student referenced feeling compelled to "go with the biased system" in how being unable to use certain phrases "changes the way I learn."
On the specific term of "melting pot," Brekka prefers to use a salad metaphor to explain diversity. "It’s the difference between a soup and a salad...in the salad, the flavors remain distinct. Your romaine lettuce retains its flavor, the tomatoes retain their flavor, and so on. They are all living happily in one bowl."