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Texas A&M Won’t Fire Prof Who Called for Killing White People

Texas A&M Won’t Fire Prof Who Called for Killing White People

“protected by the First Amendment”

This is one of those rare instances where the school has decided it’s very important to stand up for free speech.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Texas A&M won’t fire professor who called for killing white people

In a May 10, 2017 email to students obtained by Red Alert Politics, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young refused to discipline or fire professor Tommy Curry. Curry called for white genocide, saying in a 2012 podcast “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.”

While condemning Curry’s remarks as “disturbing comments about race and violence that stand in stark contrast to Aggie core values,” Young refused to say that they were disqualifying for Curry’s position or worthy of discipline.

Young defended the comments as protected by the First Amendment, saying, “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of others to offer their personal views, no matter how reprehensible those views may be.”

Maybe Young is unaware, but the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating speech — but doesn’t guarantee employment for those who work for government-funded institutions. Employees still represent their institution, and institutions reserve the right to fire or discipline employees if an employee embarrasses their organization or proves they cannot teach objectively.

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I’d send Texas A&M a strongly-worded email, but I am already convinced that it wouldn’t do any good. Besides, I’ve already written off the entire American “education” (read: indoctrination) system.

Maybe Young is unaware, but the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating speech — but doesn’t guarantee employment for those who work for government-funded institutions. Employees still represent their institution, and institutions reserve the right to fire or discipline employees if an employee embarrasses their organization or proves they cannot teach objectively.

Actually the first amendment does guarantee continued employment for government employees, i.e. it prohibits firing them as punishment for speaking their mind, unless it has seriously affected their ability to do their job. (See, for instance, Rankin v McPherson.)

In the case of a tenured academic, the freedom to say whatever he likes is an integral part of his job. Ask Prof Jacobson about academic freedom, which is the only thing that enables him to run this blog and express his opinions in public. That same academic freedom has to also protect the likes of Prof Leonard Jeffries or this joker in Texas.

    Walker Evans in reply to Milhouse. | May 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    While I completely agree with Evelyn B. Hall’s summation of Voltaire ( “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”), people such as Curry do from time to time test that position severely. While true that he did not specifically call for killing whites, his intent was nonetheless clear.

    My heartfelt response to this soi disant ‘professor’ must then be, “In order to return our institutions of higher learning to their rightful mission, the education of minds seeking knowledge, some faculty and staff who have strayed from that mission may have to die.”

      Milhouse in reply to Walker Evans. | May 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Even if he’d explicitly called for killing whites it would still be protected, both by the first amendment and by academic freedom. And the same first amendment protects your and my right to wish this professor a fatal encounter with a vicious dog.

Rogue Leader | May 17, 2017 at 2:50 am

Texas A&M takes in a lot of $ from its alumni. Guess which color almost all of those donors are? When the funds dry up, they’ll sing a different tune.

May we infer that Aggie values support the killing of white people?

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