Meanwhile, for Trinity College, the countdown has started.
After Professor Johnny Eric Williams, associate professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, approvingly posted a Medium article titled “Let Them Fucking Die” on Facebook, he went on to endorse the article’s thesis ( potential rescuers like those who helped Rep. Steve Scalise should let imperiled white people die as a form of combating white supremacy) in his own Facebook posts:
The Medium article concluded with this advice regarding one’s responsibilities as a citizen and a human being when a white person is in mortal peril…
“If you see them drowning. If you see them in a burning building. If they are teetering on the edge of a cliff” “oppressed people” should “Do nothing.”
“Least of all put your life on the line for theirs, and do not dare think doing so, putting your life on the line for theirs, gives you reason or cause to feel celestial. Saving the life of those that would kill you is the opposite of virtuous. Let. Them. F*cking. Die. And smile a bit when you do. For you have done the universe a great service. Ashes to ashes. Dust to bigots.”
There is no problem with a professor, or anyone, linking to an ugly and deranged article like this one. I can see the benefit of reading it, if only to see how human beings can convince themselves that wrong is right, evil is righteous, up is down and backwards is forwards. Allying oneself with such sentiments disqualifies an individual from certain professions, as well as from being respected in social and political discourse, and trusted in daily interpersonal and business encounters.
Ruled right out by such bigotry: Law enforcement. Medical professional. Fire fighter. Elected official.
Once a professor has expressed such views, no respectable institution or school can trust him, and no students can either. He is a poison to the system and the culture, and potentially poison to young minds. A countdown starts now: if Trinity, a prestigious liberal arts institution (I have a long-time friend who teaches there) takes more than a few days to eliminate this violent racist and bigot from its faculty, then it will be prestigious no longer. Indeed, I wonder if the school hasn’t forfeited its status by hiring someone like Williams. (How many faculty members agree with him? How many professors who agree with him lurk on other faculties, but are more discrete?)
I am open to hearing, eager to read, even, serious and persuasive arguments why Prof. Williams should be permitted to continue teaching, at Trinity or anywhere else.
I cannot imagine what they would be.