California writing professor investigated after admin calls works by black, brown, queer authors ‘triggering,’ ‘deviant pornography’

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Excerpt: In a university course called Writing the Body, whose bodies are acceptable to write about? And who decides?

At Soka University of America, a private university just outside of Los Angeles that makes strong promises of academic freedom, faculty have the right to select and discuss any materials relevant to the course topic. But Aneil Rallin, a tenured, three-time SUA “Professor of the Year” and recent critic of the university’s treatment of BIPOC students, now faces a university investigation. Rallin is accused of “triggering” students and not “creat[ing] a safe space” because they assigned materials by queer authors of color.