A Texas A&M professor said some radical things about race and violence toward white people. In a 2012 podcast, Prof. Tommy Curry said that “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.” I was waiting to see how the school would defend the professor.
Here’s some of what Aggie President Michael K. Young had to say. Get a barf bag before reading further. I’ll give you some time to find one:
“The interview features disturbing comments about race and violence that stand in stark contrast to Aggie core values – most notably those of respect, excellence, leadership and integrity – values that we hold true toward all of humanity.”
Here’s the kicker:
“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. It also protects our right to freedom of speech which I am exercising now.”
If Texas A&M “stand[s] against the advocacy of violence, hate, and killing,” then why is Prof. Curry not at least under administrative leave?
Can you imagine what the response would have been if a professor had said something disparaging about homosexuals or transgenders? The professor would have been on the first flight to Borneo.
Consider the recent story about Paul Griffiths, Warren professor of Catholic theology at Duke Divinity School, who is resigning rather than face “disciplinary measures for criticizing a ‘Racial Equality Institute’ training program.” (American Thinker).
He sent an email to his colleagues that included the following: “Don’t waste your time by [attending this training program]. It’ll be, I predict with confidence, intellectually flaccid: there’ll be bromides, cliches, and amen-corner rah-rahs in plenty. When it gets beyond that, its illiberal roots and totalitarian tendencies will show.”
He was expressing his honest opinion. He did not disparage anyone’s race or sex.
A President of a major university should know the meaning and context of the First Amendment. The First Amendment is what Congress can and cannot do. That’s why it begins with “Congress shall make no law. . .” It has nothing to do with the hiring or firing of professors based on “disturbing comments about race and violence that stand in stark contrast to Aggie core values.” Especially when there seems to be the approval of killing white people or at least looking the other way when white people are killed…