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UPenn Prof Faces Calls for Removal After Questioning Wording Of Proposed Anti-Racism Statement

UPenn Prof Faces Calls for Removal After Questioning Wording Of Proposed Anti-Racism Statement

“We are asking you to act on this statement and prohibit Carlin Romano from teaching at Penn this fall or ever again.”

If there is one thing we have learned in recent months, it is that certain subjects are simply not open to debate. In this case, UPenn Professor Carlin Romano did not even object to the spirit of an an anti-racism statement, he simply questioned the language of it.

Now he is facing calls for his removal.

Professor Jonathan Turley writes at his blog:

Penn Professor Faces Calls For His Removal After Questioning An Anti-Racism Statement [UPDATED]

We have been discussing efforts to fire professors who voice dissenting views of the basis or demands of recent protests including an effort to oust a leading economist from the University of Chicago as well as a leading linguistics professor at Harvard. It is part of a wave of intolerance sweeping over our colleges and our newsrooms. Now, an effort has been launched to fire University of Pennsylvania Professor Carlin Romano and to kick him off a prestigious literary group because Romano questioned the language of a proposed statement on racism in the publishing industry and even spotted an embarrassing typo…

Professor Romano is an attorney who teaches at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. He became the latest target in academia when he questioned the language of a proposed anti-racism statement. Romano has publicly declared support for the movement and has written in the past of the need to diversify the publishing industry. However, he wrote to object to statements that he felt failed to acknowledge the past efforts by people like him and to paint the entire industry as racist. There was a time when such criticism would have been welcomed on boards and faculties. This is not “those times.”…

The line that is being most cited in other coverage is Romano stating that the statement failed to acknowledge how white editors fought to be more inclusive and “[m]any of the writers cited in the letter‘s own list would never have been published if not for ecumenical, good-willed white editors and publishers who fought for the publication of black writers.” He also noted the difficulty in past efforts to diversify because “[w]e professors especially know that accomplished black undergraduates rarely want to go into book publishing because it pays so badly.”

Here’s the wording of the petition against Romano:

Fire Carlin Romano from UPenn

Dear Faculty & Deans of the Annenberg School for Communication,

I write to express my outrage and disappointment over the recent behavior of Carlin Romano, specifically in relation to racist remarks he made and a sustained campaign of targeting black people and women on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

Romano is currently scheduled to teach COMM 378, Journalism & Public Service this fall at Penn. His views on race and responsibility are severely damaging to the young people he might encounter, particularly black students and other students of color.

The Annenberg Center for Communication put out a statement in June 2020 that “Black Lives Matter” and that you are horrified by institutional racism and police violence. We are asking you to act on this statement and prohibit Carlin Romano from teaching at Penn this fall or ever again.

As noted by Brianna Kraemer of The College Fix, Romano simply defended the publishing industry:

University of Pennsylvania professor says publishing industry isn’t racist. Critics are trying to get him fired.

Romano, a former NBCC president and its current vice president of grants, also said he bore no “culpability” for the supposed “erasure of BIPOC [black, indigenous and people of color] voices” in publishing, as the statement described the industry.

“I myself have probably written more articles and reviews about Philadelphia’s black literature and traditions in my 25 years at the [Philadelphia] Inquirer than anyone living, black or white,” he wrote in the email to fellow board members that is now being used against him.

He also objected to the media’s portrayal of his comments in the private email, telling The Daily Pennsylvanian: “I am pro-Black Lives Matter. I am in favor of greater diversity in the book publishing business. I am not racist, not by a long shot.”

Cancel culture is real.

The period we are living through will be studied someday.

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 25, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Anyone keeping a list of all the lawsuits these criminal, Communist child* molesting colleges are going to lose?

*in these United States everyone under 21 is a minor.

    ” Romano has publicly declared support for the movement”

    My question is will he and his family wise up, and ditch the Dems. That would be a rational response, lots of other people have already done so.

    That’s been 18 for about 50 years now.

    Of course, people between 18 and 21 are officially “adults (gray area)” forbidden to buy booze and concealable firearms, thanks to the federal government’s cavalier attitude about obeying constitutional amendments, even recent ones.

My question is, “Why does anyone take some “petition” by some lone leftist seriously?”

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to snopercod. | July 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Cause they force people to sign it.

    Is not UP the college that hid their pedos for decades?

    Breaking News

    Black Trump Supporter Stabbed By Pedophile Antifa Member In Portland

    Ian Miles Cheong

    David Blake Hampe has been charged with felony assault. He allegedly stabbed a black Trump supporter @SpaceForceUSA_ in Portland in the early hours of Saturday. His bail has been set to $250,000.

    David Blake Hempe was convicted for possession of child pornography in Maine in 2007.

      Force? Force? Is someone putting a gun to their heads? Are their families being held hostage until they sign? It doesn’t appear to be so. Is this simply a case where they are being threatened with ostracism if the little kiddies don’t get their every demand met instantly? What next? A threat to hold their breath until they turn blue? [I’d actually enjoy watching that!]

      When the Vietnam War was being protested in the ’60s real people were really dying by the thousands; protesting that made some actual sense! This? Not so much. Post secondary education is supposed to an arena where young people are exposed to differing, even conflicting, ideas! How can one choose among these differences if their content is unknown? We have somehow performed an intellectual front lobotomy on these poor childen, and I’m not at all sanguine about being able to reverse the procedure. I am selfishly glad that in all probability I will never personally experience that Brave New World, while being filled with a profound sorrow that I am sending my children into it.

      I fervently pray they may find some way to forgive us.

      U Penn /= Penn State.

      ISTR that was Penn State.

    henrybowman in reply to snopercod. | July 27, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    My theory? Soy consumption among the Starbucks classes results in testicular atrophy.
    Navy coffee only in this house.

Let them eat their own.

I don’t care

legacyrepublican | July 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

Edward R. Murrow, 9 March 1954

    alaskabob in reply to legacyrepublican. | July 25, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Murrow called out McCarthy on his tactics and won fame. McCarthy eventually “won” although disregarded for being correct as to the degree of communist penetration of the nation’s government. So.. when I read his words I read them as superficial…great words but there was more than dissent… there was more than disloyalty… there was subversion. That he missed that is only being human but that is also forgotten. Look who has won the Murrow award only shows this to be painfully true.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm

UP needs to go broke.

‘Get Woke, Go Broke’ Strikes A&E After ‘Canceling’ Live PD Show


When the Marxist mob used George Floyd’s death as an excuse to ramp up its ongoing war on policing, A&E instantly caved. That proved to be a costly decision. News broke Friday that the cable network has lost almost 50% of its viewers.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 25, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Would love to know more about this comment found on the web.

“liberal US universities are there and used by politicians as their money laundering operation”

SpaceInvader | July 25, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Remove those people calling for his removal.

    henrybowman in reply to SpaceInvader. | July 27, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    You would think (as would anyone in the workforce before 2000), right? Yet, aside from the Austrian CEO of Red Bull, who else has done this?

I thought this is why Tenure was invented.

I doubt this will go anywhere at Penn, where Amy Wax has tenure. President Amy Guttmann and the Board of Trustees tend to be very level-headed and do favor *true* diversity of humans and thought. You can find recent announcements online and read them yourselves.

Outside of that, the petition misleads.

And where is the evidence for this? “His views on race and responsibility are severely damaging to the young people he might encounter, particularly black students and other students of color.”

Like someone else money, soon they will be out of someone else’s minds, they what are they going to do? Community Colleges and online learning are going to force these colleges to change or fold. I heard huge layoffs at colleges on the radio today.

As of May 14th

The Chronicle has identified 224 institutions associated with a layoff, a furlough, or a contract nonrenewal resulting from Covid-19. At least 51,793 employees in academe are known to have been affected by those actions. However, because a specific or approximate count of leaves of absence, terminations, workplace reductions, or contract nonrenewals is not known for every action, the sum represents a significant undercount.

I also heard that the trickle down from college sports is like in the $6+ B just at the majors.

This scamdemic is starting to look like a Fauci Pitch.

Colleges/Universities, if they were smart, would write it into their admissions paperwork that demanding the expulsion of a faculty member (or any staff, really) for any act which is not a crime in the jurisdiction in which the college/university exists is an offense subject to expulsion.

    ultraskeptic in reply to Hobb Kerr. | July 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Why make it so complicated? Who knows what all the local laws are? They should just be direct and place in their contract that free speech is forbidden, and students are only allowed to say what the institution permits.

What is interesting to me in this and similar examples from other Universities is that there are no lessons learned.

Romano may well have been in the vanguard of insisting upon equal rights and nondiscrimination. I can imagine that his past actions in standing for the fulfillment of our Nation’s founding principles was unpopular with some of his peers and some of the hierarchy of the day. He probably paid a price in his career path for those past actions.

The problem is that Romero continues to view himself as an ally of the modern ‘progressive’ movement. He is not. He is espousing the same language and pushing for the same goals of tolerance, academic/intellectual freedom and nondiscrimination to an audience that no longer believes.

In fact the modern ‘progressive’ rejects those ideals. The ground has shifted dramatically from his salad days. He, and others in his situation, who did the yeoman work and heavy lifting towards acceptance, tolerance and insisted on a commitment to equality have been cast in the role of Robespierre.

The modern ‘progressive’ mob will treat these latter day Robespierre no kinder or gentler than the original.

    alohahola in reply to CommoChief. | July 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Absolutely. And the more they defend themselves and pat themselves on the back for their past efforts, the more I wonder about their original motivation to do “yeoman work and the heavy-lifting” in the first place. Seems like it was for self-serving purposes, in the end.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | July 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    There is no winning strategy against the irrational. They demand you be “actively antiracist.” If you do so and they still don’t like you for any reason, they defame you for being a “white knight.”

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 26, 2020 at 12:18 am

The college pipeline of students is broken and Never to be repaired.

“Millions of parents, after homeschooling their children for months are seriously considering homeschooling because of the dystopian guidelines issues by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and being followed by most school districts……

“Romano is currently scheduled to teach COMM 378, Journalism & Public Service this fall at Penn. His views on race and responsibility are severely damaging to the young people he might encounter, particularly black students and other students of color.”

It’s clear the University should require all students who have taken his class to retake it with another instructor in order to mitigate the “damage” he has done. This includes students who have graduated. Give them one year to make up the credits (online is fine) or their degree will be revoked.

Is he a Sephardic a Jew?

No. The only thing that is required is removing administrators who pay attention to petitions targeted at their institution or at its faculty, staff, and students. Anyone can dream up a petition. No factual basis is required. Anyone can sign it. These petitions require such a minimal effort that many simply sign because they think it proves to themselves that they are woke, knowing nothing about the subject, perhaps not having read the petition carefully (or at all), and having given no regard to any possible consequences.