Illinois professor says going indoors without a mask is a ‘manifestation’ of racism and will eject non-compliant students

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A professor at Northern Illinois University (NIU) explained to students that they all had to wear masks in his class, saying not wearing face masks indoors “is a manifestation of ableism and racism.”

“Refusing to wear a mask indoors is a manifestation of ableism and racism, an exercise in individual privilege that signals to the most vulnerable that their health and that of their loved ones does not matter. Thus, masks are mandatory here. They are NOT optional,” a message from Northern Illinois University physics professor Jahred Adelman said, according to a photo of a classroom projection screen.

The professor’s mask instructions were made public after a student reported the matter through the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) campus bias tip line. YAF obtained a copy of Adelman’s program, which states that “masks are required AT ALL TIMES in PHYS 253”. If students do not comply, they will be expelled from the class, depending on the schedule.

“Masks are required AT ALL times in PHYS 253. Here and in your labs. It’s not nice, but it’s for your health and safety, my health and safety, and the health and safety of your friends and colleagues. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be asked to leave,” Adelman wrote in the course syllabus, according to YAF.

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Northern Illinois University, a public university in DeKalb County, Illinois, relaxed its mask requirements in February, but says on its website that “faculty members may require masks to be worn in their teaching spaces. Adelman has worked at the college since 2014 and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Physics Department.

Adelman told Fox News Digital in email correspondence on Thursday that his mask rules are in line with school guidelines and that he is working to “keep everyone a little safer while we let’s learn physics”.

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“The university allows professors to establish a mask policy in their classrooms and labs. I cannot and would not tell students what to do outside of my classroom, but if I can do my part to keep everyone a little safer while we learn physics, I will. My particular concern is to protect students of color and those with special health requirements and needs, including studies have shown that they are disproportionately affected by the virus,” Adelman said.

Jahred Adelman, professor of physics at Northern Illinois University
(Northern Illinois University website)

The Northern Illinois University press team did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the matter. A school representative told YAF that Adelman’s view of maskless individuals “reflects his personal opinion.”

The program provided to YAF also shows historical scientists Photoshopped with face coverings or seen without masks with captions such as “I don’t want to see your nose this semester unless we’re outside” and “Hide them. -neck are not acceptable”.

A student at the school told YAF that Adelman is the only teacher teaching the required PHYS 253 NIU course.

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YAF spokeswoman Kara Zupkus on Thursday touted the conservative youth organization’s whistleblower line in comments to Fox News Digital as a resource for “students facing bullying and bullying tactics from from teachers like this”.

“As campuses across our nation become increasingly polarized with left-wing activists marching as educators, it’s up to us to hold these leaders accountable for their point-of-view discrimination and ensure that conservative students can speak freely in class,” Zupkus said.

Going without a mask in indoor public places has been called racist and ableist by other teachers in recent days, including in New York by a SUNY teacher New Paltz.

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“Refusing to wear a mask indoors is a manifestation of ableism and racism, an exercise in individual privilege that tells the most vulnerable that their health doesn’t matter,” said Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón, professor studies on women, gender and sexuality, in a draft of its program. , which she posted on Twitter last month.

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