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Prof Says Skidmore College Won’t Fire Him for Attending Pro-Police Rally Despite Student Demands

Prof Says Skidmore College Won’t Fire Him for Attending Pro-Police Rally Despite Student Demands

“The Associate Dean of the Faculty who has overseen the investigation has informed me that the administration will not be recommending any sanctions against me”

This is an update to a story we ran recently. It’s good that the school is not listening to the mob.

The College Fix reports:

Professor says Skidmore College won’t punish him for attending pro-police rally, as students demanded

Skidmore College exonerated an art professor after student activists demanded he be fired for observing – but not participating in – a pro-police rally, he said.

David Peterson contacted The College Fix on Sept. 7 and said that while he was under investigation because of the students, he was cautiously optimistic.

“The Associate Dean of the Faculty who has overseen the investigation has informed me that the administration will not be recommending any sanctions against me,” Peterson (above) wrote in an email, without naming that person. Two days later, he had been cleared.

Peterson and his wife Andrea, also a Skidmore art professor, observed a “Back the Blue” rally on July 30 in Saratoga Springs. Campus activists identified them as Skidmore faculty and included their firing on a far-reaching list of demands for the administration late last month. They also called for the firing of Mark Vinci, a music professor, for unrelated reasons.

President Marc Conner (below) did not rule out calls to fire the faculty in his public statement Aug. 26, saying he would tackle the demand list through “ongoing community dialogue.” The liberal arts college in upstate New York is “committed to addressing both the subtle and the overt forms of racism that persist in every part of the American project,” he wrote.

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civisamericanus | September 15, 2020 at 11:47 am

The names of the students who demanded that Peterson be fired for attending a pro-police rally should be published all over the Internet with their affiliation (Skidmore) for the benefit of prospective employers, co-workers, and colleagues (sort of like the Duke 88 faculty members during the Duke Lacrosse scandal).

A strong argument can be made that somebody who tries to destroy somebody else’s livelihood because they do not agree with him politically could bring similar behavior into a workplace and do the same things to co-workers or even his own employer. I would not want to work with such a person, and I sure as heck wouldn’t want him writing my performance appraisal. Nor would I want to write his lest he try to “cancel” me for criticizing his performance.

Not sure I’d even want him serving food to customers in my restaurant either, some of these people have been known to spit in or otherwise contaminate food being served to police, Republicans, and other people they do not like. But I think their names should be published far and wide to show up in Google searches by employers.

How should a college president or dean respond to a ridiculous demand like this? Answer: a curt note of dismissal written by a low level subordinate.

Well, that’s half a ball.
For another full ball, bring the snowflakes up on extortion charges.

    Is it “extortion” or is it creating a hostile work environment based upon David Peterson’s race? If Peterson were black, would this have been an issue>

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