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NAACP official: Graduate student failed Bienen class after refusing to perform Walt Whitman lyrics

Patrick Svitek, Summer Editor

August 7, 2013

A graduate student failed a Bienen class after he refused to perform a song with lyrics written by Walt Whitman, citing the poet's comments on black people, according to a top NAACP official. George Mitchell, president of the...

Bienen graduate student says he may fail class after ‘racially insensitive’ incident

Cat Zakrzewski, Campus Editor

May 22, 2013

A Bienen graduate student is claiming his professor plans to fail him for refusing to perform a song with lyrics written by Walt Whitman, a poet he described as a “self-documented racist.” Timothy McNair, a first-year...