“I’ll tell you this, though: whatever happens, I will never apologize and I will never back down.”
It’s a shame more professors don’t stand up to campus protesters in the way this one did.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
Sorry, Not Sorry
Johns Hopkins University terminated a nontenured associate research professor of speech and language processing who broke into a student sit-in earlier this year with bolt cutters. He says his counterprotest was supposed to be nonviolent and that he wanted to access servers in the occupied building. But protesters accused him of attacking them, and the university says that whatever happened, he put students in danger.
The professor, Daniel Povey, shared his notice letter on his website last week — along with the news that he’s leaving Baltimore for a job in industry and is definitely not sorry.
“I am aware that some people are trying to ‘cancel’ me and get me fired from my next job. See if I care!” he said in a lengthy post. “I’ll tell you this, though: whatever happens, I will never apologize and I will never back down.”
The “normal script is that I am supposed to get down on my knees and say ‘Please accept me back into your midst, liberal America! I accept that I was wrong,’” he said, adding, “No way. Fuck you.”
Povey further accused student and local protesters of lying about what actually happened inside Garland Hall at Hopkins on day 35 of the overall protest, about a week after they forced a shutdown of Hopkins’s main administrative building and chained themselves to walls, railings and staircases. In reality, Povey wrote, he was attacked — not the other way around.
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