WICHITA FALLS, TX – A professor at Midwestern State University is facing some online backlash after a rather unsavory comment of his on Facebook (which detailed an adoration for cops being killed) wound up being broadcast and circulated.
Midwestern State University philosophy professor Nathan Jun wrote on a Facebook thread “I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist"https://t.co/Jm1vvJWS1M
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 1, 2020
While the university is saying they don’t intend to issue any sort of disciplinary action against the professor due to First Amendment rights, that doesn’t mean the professor can avoid the intense scrutiny he’s getting elsewhere.
Professor Nathan Jun specializes in philosophy, according to his bio page from MSU, and runs courses from “Philosophy of Race and Racism” to “Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills” – but apparently his critical thinking skills flew out the window when he reportedly wrote the following on a Facebook comment section:
“I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician.”
Spoiler alert – that comment didn’t resonate well with some people.
This is who we have teaching our children. https://t.co/28r00Txgfk
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 1, 2020
According to an email that Jun sent to his fellow “comrades” (yes, he seriously prefaced the email with “dear comrades”), he’s been getting quite the angry responses. Many of which, according to Jun, are death threats:
“As of this morning I have received more than 300 death threats by phone, email, text and private message.
I also discovered that my home had been vandalized again the fifth time since June. This time around, fortunately, my employer (Midwestern State University) has issued a public statement defending my right to free speech.”
What's giong on with Nathan Jun pic.twitter.com/YejzKzC8bH
— Dead Legendre (@Daedcretan) September 26, 2020
Jun was correct in that the school defended his right to say some rather disturbing things online, so long as they don’t skirt with any illegalities:
“As a public university, we recognize and protect individuals’ free speech rights under the First Amendment so that ideas and information may be freely exchanged and examined without the threat of censorship or retaliation.”
Without MSU giving a proverbial stamp of approval toward what Jun wrote online, they explained that the university has it’s hands tied when it pertains to employees engaging in protected speech:
“Occasionally individuals will express opinions that may be offensive and even shocking but are nonetheless entitled to First Amendment protection. When our faculty members speak or write as citizens within the confines of the law, they are free from institutional censorship or discipline.”
— K L Graves (@ForestOfOaks) October 1, 2020
So, while the school cannot do anything to Jun, the public is certainly allowed to scrutinize.
While the death threats and vandalism are uncalled for (and also illegal), acts akin to calling for his termination or simply calling him out are also perfectly legal and permissible.
During a recent interview with Jun, he acknowledged that whenever he goes on a controversial tirade (much like the Facebook comment), he always seems to encounter backlash (big shocker there):
“There’s no way that I can make those sorts of expressions publicly around here without this kind of thing happening again and again and again and again. I’m just tired of it.”
While this advice is unsolicited, if Jun is “tired” of this habitual outcome to him saying controversial things, maybe he should consider avoiding the utterances of said controversial opinions.
Jun recently came to the defense of his comments pertaining to what was posted on Facebook that has stirred all the controversy. While his recent statement didn’t reiterate a desire to kill police officers, he did state that he wants “to live in a world” where police and politicians no longer exist:
“I do long to live in a world in which we no longer have cops, which we no longer have capitalists and which we no longer have politicians. Because those are my political beliefs and I own them and I make no apologies for those beliefs.”
While it’s a bit of a cliché these days, the modern aphorism is that freedom of speech does not guarantee freedom from consequences.
While Jun has been allegedly subjected to threats and vandalism, which again are illegal, it’s also not surprising that it was among the showering of criticism and backlash he received due to said opinions expressed online.
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A Syracuse University professor just came under fire for his anti-police comments as well.
SYRACUSE, NY- The violent riots taking place across the US have given college professors the opportunity to share their radical agendas with immunity. This is especially true for Syracuse University professor Biko Mandela Gray who uses social media to relentlessly attack law enforcement officers.
Gray, an Assistant Professor of Religion at SU, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his views on law enforcement officers saying:
“I think I should clarify for people where I personally stand:
1) Police are unnecessary, inept, lethal, violent, corrupt, myopic, and often abusive. This doesn’t apply to some; it applies to all of them.
2) they are this way bc they are trained and employed to be this way.”
He continued the unhinged rant by calling officers worthless and assuring viewers that his stances are solidified:
“3) They are worthless, and they don’t even solve the crimes on the books.
4) I will no longer compromise on this position. No one should ever ask me where I stand regarding cops. If you didn’t know before, now you do.”
As if this wasn’t enough he then called for the destruction of law enforcement departments and claimed that people who support the police need to “go down.”
Of course, this is not the first time Gray has posted something so egregious and bigoted. The most common targets of his hateful rhetoric are white people who, according to him, are diseased:
“Whiteness is a disease. Is a plague unto itself. Wherever it is, you can be assured that death and violence will follow. It’s parasitic. It’s vampiric. It’s offers nothing but takes everything. To be white is to embody this parasitic disposition.”
Gray followed this up a couple of weeks later by doubling down and claiming “the white mind is a twisted thing.”
The comments made by Gray allude to the far larger issue of indoctrination that plagues college campuses in the US. Professors guilty of pushing a bias agenda and using their authority to spread false information rarely face consequences.
This was true in Gray’s case when he took Twitter in June to complain about being “lectured” by university officials:
“After someone got a hold of my tweets, they sent them to my dean, who lectured me—a scholar of race and religion—about how “diversity and inclusion means including EVERYONE.” #BlackintheIvory”
It seems that the “lecture” didn’t do much to change Gray’s opinion as his attack of law enforcement officers and whiteness came months after. It would be a shame if his superiors were notified of his social media presence again.
Authors note: As of the date of publication I have a Equal Opportunity case open against Gray for tweets that directly target myself and a piece I wrote for The Federalist. The tweets posted by Gray also incited SU students to harass me online. The details and progress of this case have been largely withheld from me and to my knowledge Gray has not been reprimanded.
It is doubtful that Gray will face consequences for his words that target myself and law enforcement officers.
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