The American Association of University Professors published a blog post that defended a college professor who called for Congressman Steve Scalise’s death.
The American Association of University Professors, an activist group that promotes academic freedom on campuses, published a blog post portrayed Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams as a victim.
As Professor Johnny Williams, who was suspended from Trinity College in Connecticut following a campaign of targeted harassment, observed, “Like other faculty who have been threatened and harassed this year, I was targeted over remarks I made that drew attention to racism.” Efforts to silence faculty members who speak out on matters of race are not new, as the AAUP has found in investigations dating back to the 1950s.
So what exactly did Williams face a backlash for? What Williams called drawing “attention to racism” actually involved ugly Facebook posts that called for first responders to let Congressman Steve Scalie bleed out after he was shot during a practice for the congressional baseball game.
“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. #LetThemFuckingDie,” Williams wrote on Facebook in 2017.
Williams also shared an anonymously-authored Medium post entitled “Let Them Fucking Die,” which argued that the first responders to the congressional shooting should have let Representative Scalise and others die. The inflammatory blog post called on minorities to refuse assistance to whites in potentially fatal situations, like choking, bleeding out, or drowning. The post then calls for those persons to not only watch as others die but to “smile” as they watch, for letting them die is a “great service” to the “universe.”
The AAUP’s blog post also defends the controversial George Ciccariello-Maher, who recently resigned from Drexel University after a wave of backlash. Ciccariello-Maher came under fire for a series of controversial tweets. In the wake of the tragedy, Ciccariello-Maher baselessly blamed the Las Vegas concert massacre on “white supremacist patriarchy.”
“White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want,” he tweeted.