Some college professors just can’t keep their opinions in check. And when they get drunk on their own outlandish rhetoric, sometimes they find themselves on the unemployment line. But that all depends on what was said in the classroom or online, particularly on Twitter where a relatively small voice can be amplified to a global community and one small error in judgment can mean curtains to your reputation and career.
The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election left some leftist professors visibly angry and looking towards social media to vent their undying hatred towards current President Donald Trump. Some of those enraged “intellects” made the list of the top 5 craziest college professor tweets…
5. A Professor, Who Taught A Course On Beyoncé, Wishes Someone “Would Just Shoot [Trump] Outright”
“Trump is a f***ing joke,” tweeted Kevin Allred. “I wish someone would just shoot him outright.”
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. Big mistake.
Allred was hired by Montclair State University only a short time before sending out that tweet. He never made it to his first lecture at the college as he was fired after wishing that someone would shoot the president and then went on Twitter to write about it. What a professional.
“It’s funny cuz [sic] in my interview [Montclair State was] super excited about me being young, hip, and calling out power,” Allred said. “Guess not in practice, huh?”
Something tells me this teacher should have just stuck to lecturing about Beyoncé. Definitely not a good example for all the single ladies, Kev!
Fate of Professor: FIRED!
4. This Professor Says He’d “Be OK If #BetsyDeVos Was Sexually Assaulted”
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An Austin Community College professor took to Twitter to discuss sexual assault. And no, this isn’t about “rape culture” or the #MeToo Movement. This is a professor writing on Twitter that he’d “be ok” if the current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was sexually assaulted.
“I’m not wishing for it…but I’d be ok if #BetsyDeVos was sexually assaulted,” wrote Robert Ranco, a now-former professor at Austin Community College.
A few days later, Ranco resigned from his role as a paralegal studies adjunct professor. Following his resignation, his employer released the following statement: “I wasn’t going to make a rash decision about a member of this family just to appease people on social media…that said, I considered the health of everyone in our organization, promised my partners and my employees that we would act according to the values of our firm, and sat down to speak with Mr. Ranco.”
Ranco later called his comment about Devos “harsh” and went on to delete both that tweet and his account.
Fate of Professor: Quit A Few Days After Writing Offensive Tweet
3. A University of Tampa Professor Gets Canned For Suggesting That Hurricane Harvey Feels Like “Instant Karma” For Texas Because They’re A Red State
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” tweeted out University of Tampa professor Kenneth L. Storey. “Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t [sic] care about them.”
Storey sent these tweets out during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. The University of Tampa fired the professor after his tweet suggesting that the hurricane is karma for Texas Republicans being Texas Republicans as if that’s a crime worthy of the deathly destruction brought on by a Category 4 storm. It’s one thing to hope your political enemies lose elections. It’s another thing to suggest that their voters should suffer the fury of Harvey.
It’s also worth noting that Harris County voted Democratic during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, choosing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. This county includes the city of Houston, which was greatly devastated by Hurricane Harvey. More than two dozen counties in Texas voted for Clinton, including Dallas, Bexar, Travis, El Paso, Hidalgo and Fort Bend.
Trump only won Texas by a 9 percent margin. He received 4,685,047 votes, while Clinton pulled in 3,877,868 votes.
A total of 82 people died as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Washington Post.
Fate of Professor: FIRED!
2. Drexel University Professor Says That The Worst Shooting In U.S. History (The Las Vegas Massacre) “Is What Happens” When White People “Don’t Get What They Want”
“White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything,” said George Ciccariello-Maher, a now-former professor at Drexel University. He said that October’s massacre in Las Vegas “is what happens when they don’t get what they want.”
Following this remark, Drexel University put Professor Ciccariello-Maher on leave. The school cited threats made towards the controversial professor as a reason for the professor’s suspension, along with a concern for the general safety of the campus community. The university had allowed Ciccariello-Maher to continue teaching, but only in an online capacity.
“More and more, professors like me are being targeted by a coordinated right-wing campaign to undermine our academic freedom,” wrote Ciccariello-Maher on an October 10th column for The Washington Post, “one that relies on misrepresentation and sometimes outright lying, and often puts us and our students in danger.”
The professor continued his firebrand rhetoric into November. Regarding the shooting at a Texas church (which left 26 people dead), he asked independent news program Democracy Now!, “What is it that makes white men so prone to this kind of behavior?”
Ciccariello-Maher concluded his race-based argument with, “Whiteness is a structure of privilege and it’s a structure of power, and a structure that, when it feels threatened, you know, lashes out.”
His out-of-school suspension from Drexel University inspired a petition from 70 Cornell professors calling for his full reinstatement. “It was incumbent on Drexel University to defend [Ciccariello-Maher’s] academic freedom,” said the professors in their petition. “Drexel University’s Provost unilaterally suspended Professor Ciccariello-Maher without providing a hearing or even consulting with a duly constituted faculty body.”
The petition also included the statement, “Professor Ciccariello-Maher is only the latest in a growing list of academics, particularly scholars of color, facing sanctions from employers who see fit to capitulate to the right-wing’s campaign to suppress academic freedom.”
He received the nickname of the “White Genocide Professor” following a tweet he sent out on December 24, 2016, writing, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.” A day later, he followed this statement up with, “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”
When later questioned about what he meant by his Christmas wish for “white genocide,” he said that he was only mocking the idea of a “white genocide” which he calls a conspiracy theory that is “a figment of the racist imagination.”
On the morning of Thursday, December 28, 2017, Ciccariello-Maher ultimately quit his job at Drexel University, making a public announcement for his official departure from the school.
His resignation will officially go into effect on Monday, January 1, 2018.
Recap: A total of 58 lives were lost in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Professor Ciccariello-Maher said that this tragedy is a result of white people not getting what they want.
Fate of Professor: He Quit
1. California State University Professor Says That “Trump Must Hang” And The “Execution Of Two Republicans” Would Be Justice For Each Deported Immigrant
“To save American democracy, Trump must hang,” tweeted Fresno professor Lars Maischak, who is still employed by California State University. “The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism.”
He added, “#TheResistance #ethniccleansing Justice = The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.”
Professor Maischak was eventually put on administrative leave following the offending tweets.
“I can assure you that I do not condone or advocate for murder or violence, and that I do not intend to commit any act, or acts, of murder or violence,” said Maischak after the release of the tweets. He then argued that his statement “Trump must hang” established a “logical necessity” rather than incitement to violence.
The professor will resume teaching classes in the Spring 2018 semester.
Fate of Professor: He Will Still Teach At California State University
Bonus Round: Professor Argues That Algebra and Geometry Perpetuate White Privilege And “In Many Levels, Mathematics Itself Operates As Whiteness”
No, this wasn’t an outlandish tweet. This argument was actually featured in a published mathematics education book for teachers, providing awareness to “identity politics” inclusion in the subject of math. You can find the article in an anthology book written by over 40 mathematics teacher educators (for grades k-12) called Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods.
University of Illinois professor Rochelle Gutierrez believes that algebra and geometry promote “white privilege” because math proficiency promotes discrimination against minority students if they perform poorly relative to their white counterparts.
“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues, according to Campus Reform. “Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.”
The professor argues that subjects such as algebra and geometry perpetuate racism and white privilege. She’s concerned that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”
You can’t make this stuff up, people! Someone should have told her that “algebra” derives from an Arabic word, meaning “reunion of broken parts.” That word is “al-jabr,” originally written by Arab mathematician Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi in the year 825 A.D. around the area now known as Baghdad, Iraq.
Professor, if you want American society to be more inclusive towards other cultures and backgrounds, why ignore the contributions of the Arabian people in the development of modern mathematics?
By the way, according to math proficiency statistics, adolescent American students with Asian heritage hold a larger overall national average compared to their white counterparts when it comes to mathematics scores. These statistics are compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Center for Education Statistics. The 2015 study shows Asian American students on average are ahead of their Caucasian counterparts in mathematics, 257-248 in fourth grade, and by an even wider margin in eighth grade, 306-290. I wonder how they bypass the white privilege involved in this particular subject. Of course, that’s a joke – just like the basis of Professor Gutierrez’s argument.
If you want a particular group of students to get better at math, why try to shield them from subjects such as algebra and geometry by somehow equating that with white privilege and racism?
Fate of Professor: Should Consider A Career In Comedy
And by the way, I was terrible at math. Case closed!