When you go online and say that the recent victims of a shooting deserve to die, expect some backlash.
And, when said backlash comes for you, don’t start crying and saying everyone who is calling you out is just mean.
You brought it on yourself.
A professor seriously needs to learn this lesson.
A sociology professor at Trinity College is defending his use of the hashtag #LetThemF**kingDie in a Facebook post calling for racial minorities to “put end to the vectors” of whiteness, after the post prompted the Hartford, Conn., school to close for security purposes last Wednesday.
The post, which was published by Professor Johnny Eric Williams after the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Northern Virginia on June 14, read: “It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemF–ingDie.” The hashtag was in reference to a Medium articleWilliams posted that discussed the officers who saved the lives of GOP congressmen during the shooting by contending, “Saving the life of those that would kill you is the opposite of virtuous. Let. Them. Fucking. Die.”
Williams posted again to say, “The time is now to confront these inhuman a-holes and end this now.”
Shortly thereafter, Trinity closed its doors for the day “due to threats received to campus.” The college president issued a statement last week announcing that the incident is under review.
In a followup post on Wednesday night, Williams defended his words as a “provocative move to get readers to pay attention to my reasoned, reasonable, and yes angry argument.”
Williams further argued that media coverage of his behavior was part of a larger conspiracy to intimidate academics from expressing their viewpoints. “The publicity it is receiving also seems to be an organized warning to all others who want to speak out,” the professor wrote. “This seems to be a national drive of intimidation of professors which all colleges and universities should be concerned about.”
Williams also shifted the blame for “mean” use of social media onto his “detractors”, concluding, “We all know that its anonymity and lack of face to face accountability makes meanness and ad hominem attacks easy to do. I did not and do not use it in that way. My detractors have.”
Not only did Williams not take responsibility for his words, there were others who actually defended him!
University of Connecticut sociology professor Matthew Hughey said in an article for the Huffington Post that Williams was the victim. He blamed the backlash on “white crisis” rather than the provoking language.
Come on, Williams pretty much said that he endorsed the idea of black Capitol Police officers letting Republicans be shot to death just because the congressmen are “bigots”. How is that not to blame?
These academics are all high and mighty in their higher education bubble. But when their [email protected] gets out into the real world, they show just how cowardly they are.