With various working definitions of genocide, debates about the term’s application to historical events can get heated. But can such debates ever get a student kicked out of class? That’s what a sophomore at California State University at Sacramento says happened to her, after she challenged a professor who allegedly said the term “genocide” wasn’t appropriate for U.S. settler and government actions against American Indians. The university disputes the student’s account, saying she was not kicked out of class, but it’s further investigating exactly what happened. Reports about the dispute have already spread widely among Native American advocates and scholars.


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