How does a person with the education of a college professor think this is an appropriate message for students?

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed has the story.

‘Students of Color Only’

A Texas Christian University professor reached out in an e-mail to a group of students he deemed to be “of color” to help them succeed in his class. But the move backfired with at least one student, who was insulted at being included for her perceived ethnicity.

“After I read it, I read the names [of the other recipients] and they were just Hispanic last names,” said a student of Santiago Piñón, assistant professor of religion. (The student asked not to be identified by name. ) The message, addressed last week to her and eight other students — a copy of which was obtained by Inside Higher Ed —  invited them to a special meeting Piñón said he wouldn’t mind ending up as “a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY [emphasis his].”

Here is the full text of the e-mail:

“I thought, ‘Is this really happening?’” the student said. “I laughed, in shock, as my immediate reaction.”