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Profits of Race

Dec 2018

For some reason reason, CULPA continues to not publish my review, so here goes again. - It's an easy class. If you want an A, take it. That said, I recall a particular slide in the class that I felt summed up most of what I listened to throughout the semester. Manu concluded the semester with the same slide. I took a photo and here's what he had. Whiteness: - Protection - Exclusion - Owner - Valuing - Subject - Person - Citizen - Self-interested Blackness: - Vulnerability - Inclusion - Owned - Exchanged - Object - Property - Alien - Being for Another Manu is well-read and presents well. However, he has his beliefs and probably won't change in the near future. From his class, I learned that some of his beliefs are factually true. But, as you can see from his binary state of mind, Manu also has the dangerous tendency of crossing the extreme, nearing delusion. I felt that, if you are sufficiently prepared to have your own thoughts, this is a class that can be worthwhile. If you work through his numerously false and exaggerated logic, you can find some real truth. And that truth is what makes the class worthwhile. But frankly I found that most people in the class weren't prepared for this kind of thinking. Most of them were there to either feel solace for their exaggerated sense of marginalization and hatred or get an A. Frankly it made me feel sad that this semester's worth of diatribes was brainwashing 200+ students from my community. Sometimes, the truth hurts. But I find Manu is maybe too afraid to accept it. If he accepts, most of his beliefs fall apart. It's all-in-all a sad sight. That said, I personally got something out of the class and I hope Manu is able to continue his studies and eventually learn to understand the frailties of his mind as well. None of us are perfect thinkers and he'll be better off realizing that sooner than later, if not for himself, at least for our community.

Dec 2018

It's an easy class. If you want an A, take it. That said, I recall a particular slide in the class that I felt summed up most of what I listened to throughout the semester. Manu concluded the semester with the same slide. I took a photo and here's what he had. Whiteness: - Protection - Exclusion - Owner - Valuing - Subject - Person - Citizen - Self-interested Blackness: - Vulnerability - Inclusion - Owned - Exchanged - Object - Property - Alien - Being for Another Manu is well-read and presents well. However, he has his beliefs and probably won't change in the near future. From his class, I learned that some of his beliefs are factually true. But, as you can see from his binary state of mind, Manu also has the dangerous tendency of crossing the extreme, nearing delusion. I felt that, if you are sufficiently prepared to have your own thoughts, this is a class that can be worthwhile. If you work through his numerously false and exaggerated logic, you can find some real truth. And that truth is what makes the class worthwhile. But frankly I found that most people in the class weren't prepared for this kind of thinking. Most of them were there to either feel solace for their exaggerated sense of marginalization and hatred or get an A. Frankly it made me feel sad that this semester's worth of diatribes was brainwashing 200+ students from my community. Sometimes, the truth hurts. But I find Manu is maybe too afraid to accept it. If he accepts, most of his beliefs fall apart. It's all-in-all a sad sight. That said, I personally got something out of the class and I hope Manu is able to continue his studies and eventually learn to understand the frailties of his mind as well. None of us are perfect thinkers and he'll be better off realizing that sooner than later, if not for himself, at least for our community.

Dec 2018

It's an easy class. If you want an A, take it. That said, I recall a particular slide in the class that I felt summed up most of what I listened to throughout the semester. Manu concluded the semester with the same slide. I took a photo and here's what he had. Whiteness: - Protection - Exclusion - Owner - Valuing - Subject - Person - Citizen - Self-interested Blackness: - Vulnerability - Inclusion - Owned - Exchanged - Object - Property - Alien - Being for Another Manu is well-read and presents well. However, he has his beliefs and probably won't change in the near future. From his class, I learned that some of his beliefs are factually true. But, as you can see from his binary state of mind, Manu also has the dangerous tendency of crossing the extreme, nearing delusion. I felt that, if you are sufficiently prepared to have your own thoughts, this is a class that can be worthwhile. If you work through his numerously false and exaggerated logic, you can find some real truth. And that truth is what makes the class worthwhile. But frankly I found that most people in the class weren't prepared for this kind of thinking. Most of them were there to either feel solace for their exaggerated sense of marginalization and hatred or get an A. Frankly it made me feel sad that this semester's worth of diatribes was brainwashing 200+ students from my community. Sometimes, the truth hurts. But I find Manu is maybe too afraid to accept it. If he accepts, most of his beliefs fall apart. It's all-in-all a sad sight. That said, I personally got something out of the class and I hope Manu is able to continue his studies and eventually learn to understand the frailties of his mind as well. None of us are perfect thinkers and he'll be better off realizing that sooner than later, if not for himself, at least for our community.

Dec 2017

Manu was a great professor who treated us with respect and expected us to do the same. He was sometimes heckled by more conservative male students but he was never offended or flustered and instead just reinforced his ideas of respect and how disrespectful it was to be laughing during a lesson on the brutalities of slavery. I am sad that Manu is going on sabbatical after this year but when he comes back, anyone and everyone should take this class. It totally changed my worldview and made me understand that racism is not just a theoretical, but has actual foundations in all the systems in this country. Your grade is based on attendance and participation in discussion sections so show up! The midterm and finals are kind of pass/fail essays where you fail if your TA thinks you don't understand the material.

Dec 2017

Prepare to have any intellectual curiosity you have about race stifled. Like one of the previous reviews, this class is truly a detriment to the educational institution Columbia/Barnard stands for. Manu does not encourage discourse or opinions that are contrary to his own. I lost track of how many times he said, "this is the greatest class you will ever take". How conceited and insecure can one be to say this repeatedly to a 200-student lecture hall? Dial it down. FACT CHECK if you take this class (which you shouldn't). I couldn't believe how many times I heard Manu misquote "facts" or statistics. I've studied immigration policy extensively and during his lectures on the topic, I was shocked at how completely wrong he was about certain policies. Making me doubt the efficacy of the rest of his lectures. It is as if he copy+pastes CNN headlines and uses that as definitive fact to outline his arguments. He is obviously passionate about the material and that is fantastic, but you should take everything with a grain of salt. I genuinely feel bad for all the students that took (and will take) classes with him and suck down everything he says as unbridled fact.

Dec 2017

This class is one of my favorite classes of the semester and it is completely unrelated to my major. Manu really explores subjects of race and how they intersect with our economy. The grading scale is completely fair, all you have to do is show up to all of the classes and discussion sections and write the midterms of course and you are guaranteed an A. He really emphasizes the fact that is is a class meant for personal relflection rather than an Easy A so if you take this class please take it seriously as the stress relief of the grading scale is meant to provide that.

Dec 2017

This is the best class I have ever taken in my entire life. Manu is the best and most caring teacher I have ever had, and I don't expect anyone to surpass him, probably ever. This class changed my life. I left class every day feeling enlightened, inspired, and meaningful in my place in the world. I feel so lucky that I was able to experience this. He cares so unbelievably much about the material and instills that in every one of his students. If I never learn anything in my next 3 years at this school, this one class will have been worth coming to Barnard. He teaches a class, but it is part of a mindset that prepares you to be a revolutionary and literally change the way we define the human experience. This class gives language to everything you've ever struggled with, if you are an activist. Please, please, please take this class. I know I'm going to leave this review and wish I had said more, but please, take this class.

Oct 2017

Professor Vimalassery's classes are incredibly fascinating and comprehensible if you have done the readings, although lectures can be a bit monotone. He is very accessible and available to students. You start with a 93% and have your grade docked if you don't meet very easy requirements.

Jun 2017

I don't know why Manu doesn't have a gold nugget yet. He's the best professor I've had hands down. When people say a class changed their life, I usually don't believe them but this class 100% changed my life. I'm so grateful that I took a class with Manu because he completely alters the way you think and see the world. He is kind, funny, cares about his students and is also just a great instructor. The midterm and final are graded based on completion, your only grade is attendance so make sure you show up to class.

Mar 2016

Manu is AMAZING. I honestly have never heard a major complaints from my classmates about him. He's the kind of professor that you love so much, you push yourself to do well because you don't want to let him down. He's kind, charming, and patient even when students ask dumb questions. He works hard to foster a community in his classes, even when they are on the larger side. Usually he starts the class asking if people have questions about the readings, hw, or upcoming assignments, and then he offers a space for students to make announcements about events on campus. He's an intellectual force who will drop knowledge bombs on you left and right. I think this is especially important since his classes often discus issues of race and American imperialism—topics that are not simple by any means. He always makes an effort to ground his statements with concrete examples, and asks us to stop him if we feel he is not being clear (which almost never happens). On days when I didn't feel like going to class I did anyway and was always glad I didn't skip. By far the greatest thing about him is that he wants to give you an A. As long as you don't skip too many classes, show up for the midterm and final, and do your weekly posting there is no way you can fail. He goes by a philosophy that everyone is in charge of their own education and that he is just a guide to help us better ourselves. So even if your essay is terrible, as long as it is clear a bit of effort was put in you will succeed. So far he is the only professor in my college experience who understands that heavy reading assignments outside of class does not translate into more knowledge. His readings are very reasonable in length, and are always relevant to the topics we are discussing in class. Because the workload is so manageable I was always able to do it and never felt drowned or overwhelmed. He is now set a standard for all my professors going forward, and honestly I don't think there is anyone who could possibly live up to him. I could rant and rave all day long about how great he is. No matter the subject or class title, if he is teach the course just take it. You won't regret it.