Unqualified GOP Presidential hopeful Ben Carson made one of his most reasonable statements when he defended the right of NASCAR fans to fly Confederate flags during races. Well of course he did, since this is the United States and we have a First Amendment. Except to the most ignorant members of the censorious left, this is literally a no-brainer: even brainless Americans should know better than to argue that flying any flag on private property should be prevented by law.
Ah, but special dispensation is due to racist African American progressive bullies. Thus is is that University of Pennsylvania religious studies professor Anthea Butler, wrote “If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award …” when responding to a Daily Beast editor’s tweet containing a link to a Sports Illustrated article on the issue.
Nice. This is per se denigrating Carson based on race, an ad hominem attack and beyond ugly and irresponsible. Sure, Butler has the same right to say what she wants as anyone, except when it reflects on her employer and suggests, as this tweet does, that she cannot be trusted to teach. Is any African American student who dares to question her political correctness orthodoxy risking being called a “coon” by this woman? I’d say so. She is validating racist rhetoric and modelling intimidation for her students and more importantly, the University of Pennsylvania’s students. Is it competent and responsible to employ such a woman? No. Is this within the acceptable range of “academic freedom”? Denigration on the basis of color? I want to hear a university spokesperson admit that, and then to stand up for the first white student who calls the professor a “coon.”
Campus Reform, the conservative college watchdog, tried to get some clarification but neither Butler nor spokespersons for the university responded to repeated requests for comment, and the Department of Religious Studies declined to weigh in, saying they can only answer questions from students regarding her class. Professor Butler did, however, delete the “coon” tweet from her account shortly after Campus Reform attempted to contact her. Prof. Justin McDaniel, who chairs of the religious studies program at UPenn, ducked the issue, saying…
“Professor Butler is on sabbatical and not regularly on campus as she is writing a book on African-American religious history. She will be back on campus teaching regularly in the spring. She is a valued colleague and faculty member, but I have no comment on the tweet, because I have not seen it nor know the context of the comment.”
Uh, what would be the proper context for a tweet calling an African American a “coon”?
He is an unprincipled coward, the college is irresponsible and untrustworthy, and Butler is the kind of arrogant, vile and divisive racist that no one should have to pay tuition to be corrupted by. Do students, academics and journalists care about fairness and civility toward all, or just those whose politics they approve? Let’s see if Butler suffers any adverse professional consequences for this.
Or is the majority position of progressives and academics that racist abuse is acceptable, as long as the attacker is black, and has the correct politics?
I’m afraid that the answer is becoming increasingly obvious.