Controversial professor arouses indignation by Obamas & # 39; white kneegrows & # 39; and declares & # 39; Whiteness is terrorism & # 39;
- Johnny Eric Williams has caused indignation with messages on Facebook and Twitter
- Williams said & # 39; Whiteness is terrorism & # 39; and named the white kneegrows of Obamas & # 39;
- He took an agreed leave in 2017 following race comments
- Williams is a sociology professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut
Johnny Eric Williams – a sociology professor at Trinity College in Hartford – took a jointly agreed leave from the school in 2017 in the aftermath of social media posts
A professor at one of the oldest universities in Connecticut has raised the indignation for writing & # 39; whiteness is terrorism & # 39; at Easter and refers to the Obamas as & # 39; white kneegrows & # 39 ;.
Johnny Eric Williams, a sociology professor at Trinity College in Hartford, made the recent posts on Facebook and Twitter two years after taking an agreed leave in the aftermath of his statements on social media about racing.
Williams wrote on Facebook on April 9: & # 39; "White" kneegrows really need a lot of therapy and a good way to kick. "
When asked if he was talking about right-wing commentator Candace Owens, he answered last week: & I refer to her other and less brutal but more insidious dangerous & # 39; white & # 39; kneegrows such as Barry and Michelle Obama and many other white kneegrows that you encounter daily. & # 39;
De Courant reported Williams posted on his – now private – Twitter account on Easter Sunday: & # 39; All self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and align with systemic white racism / white supremacy. & # 39;
Trinity College Chapel in Hartford, Connecticut, it is the second oldest college in the state after Yale
In 2017, the professor received national attention for two Facebook messages, one of which said: & # 39; Let Them [expletive] Dying. & # 39;
President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said that the college had lost $ 200,000 in donations as a result and that students had withdrawn from the entrance exam.
But while she disagreed with his position, Berger-Sweeney said that Williams was entitled to freedom of expression.
She then wrote to the college: & # 39; Academic freedom, however, is not absolute. The events of recent weeks have forced us to ask important questions about the limits of that freedom and the responsibilities of faculty members who hold special positions in our academic communities. & # 39;
De Courant reported that Williams had told them: & # 39; This stuff is not for the faint of heart. & # 39;
A group of alumni on Facebook condemned Williams and said he should be fired.
Williams told the Courant: & # 39; It's academic freedom. That is the role of a professor to help students see their complicity and conspiracy with white racism. & # 39;
Williams is the author of African-American religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas and Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics.