It takes lots for a tenured professor to be fired, nevertheless it just lately occurred to Frances Widdowson.
As reported by Fox News, Widdowson “who taught economics, justice and policy studies, was fired from Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary, Alberta, last December after stoking controversy for comments criticizing BLM, which she said ‘destroyed MRU’ to such an extent that she ‘doesn’t recognize the institution anymore.’”
In addition, “Widdowson, who studied Indigenization initiatives for 20 years, also took flak for claiming that Canada’s controversial residential school program offered Indigenous children the opportunity ‘to get an education that normally they wouldn’t have received.’ Her comments came amid a national backlash over the discovery of unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.”
And for that, she was fired, little doubt with the assistance of a Change.org petition titled, “Fire Frances Widdowson – a Racist Professor at MRU.”
To quote the petition itself, “Frances Widdowson is a racist professor who works at Mount Royal University. This is a call to demand that the university condemns Widdowson’s hateful actions against the BIPOC community and that she is terminated for her racist remarks.
“Mount Royal University has still yet to make a statement regarding Widdowson’s racist actions and continues to employ her.
“In ignoring the racist actions of people in power, we directly contribute to the systemic racism within our society.”
Now, it’s possible you’ll or could not agree with Widdowson’s feedback, and it’s possible you’ll or could not agree that they have been racist.
But she actually had each proper to specific these views as a school professor, particularly a tenured professor. To deny her that proper is to disclaim free speech, plain and easy.
As Elon Musk just lately mentioned, “A good sign as to whether there is free speech is someone you don’t like allowed to say something you don’t like. And if that is the case, then we have free speech.”
But what makes the firing of Widdowson all of the extra egregious is that these on the left are allowed to have interaction in every kind of outrageous hate speech with none penalty within the least or, actually, with out dropping their job. (I’ve documented this radical shift to the left on American campuses within the chapter “The Campus Thought Police” in my new e book The Silencing of the Lambs: The Ominous Rise of Cancel Culture and How We Can Overcome It.)
For instance, in April 2020, in response to Kansas lawmakers who argued in opposition to an entire shutdown of non secular providers as a result of Covid, Philip Nel, an English professor at Kansas State University tweeted, “Local branch of death cult, aka @KansasGOP, votes to exempt churches from quarantine rules, endangering the lives of us all.”
That sounds fairly hateful to me. But was Nel censored for this tweet, not to mention fired? Not an opportunity. (For the report, he’s the writer of “Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature” and “Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature.”)
Last December, Professor Monica Casper, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, tweeted this close to the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court case, which may probably overturn Roe v. Wade: “Two sexual predators, a white lady, and some racists walk into a courtroom…#SCOTUS #AbortionIsHealthcare.”
What a despicable characterization of an immensely vital pro-life case.
Does she nonetheless have her job? Is she nonetheless dean? Take a guess.
But maybe these feedback have been too delicate, hardly worthy of dismissal or censure.
How about these feedback? As reported by Prof. Jonathan Turley on February 2:
“An Australian professor of “moral psychology” used Twitter to name for the demise of Trump supporters. Neither Twitter nor his colleagues objected to Macquarie University Associate Professor Mark Alfano calling for ‘more of this please‘ after reading that a Trump supporter died in the recent Capitol Hill riot. He also called such deaths ‘comedy.’ He just isn’t the primary educational to name for such violence or defend killings. We beforehand mentioned Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis who writes for the location Lawyers, Guns, and Money and declared that he noticed ‘nothing wrong’ with the killing of a conservative protester. (A view defended by different teachers). Other professors have merely referred to as for all ‘Republicans to suffer.’ What is hanging is that such views are neither barred by Twitter nor, based on a conservative web site that broke this story, denounced at his college.”
What a shock!
“OK, officially, I now hate white people. I am a white people, for God’s sake, but can we keep them — us — us out of my neighborhood? I just went to Harlem Shake on 124 and Lenox for a Classic burger to go, that would [be] my dinner, and the place is overrun with little Caucasian [expletives] who know their parents will approve of anything they do.”
He really had much more to say, however this provides you an concept.
Were both of those professors fired? Nope. Were they censored?
In the primary instance, citing Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams, he had additionally written that “all self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and collude with systematic white racism/white supremacy.” And he tweeted that “whiteness is terrorism,” defending his feedback relatively than apologizing for them.
As a results of his “let them die” want for the wounded GOP lawmakers, he was briefly suspended, shortly after which he was granted tenure. I’m not making this up.
In the case of the second professor quoted right here, James Livingston, a tenured historical past professor at Rutgers, the college determined to sanction him however then reversed its place.
Yet Prof. Widdowson, a longtime tenured professor, was fired for feedback that have been far much less offensive than any of those (and, the reality be informed, most likely fairly correct).
That’s the truth on our campuses at this time, and I barely scratched the floor of among the extremism that exists.
The excellent news is that Widdowson is preventing again with vigor, wit, and willpower (within the courts too), calling out the “woke” crowd.
May freedom and equality prevail.
Dr. Michael Brown(www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His newest e book is Revival Or We Die: A Great Awakening Is Our Only Hope. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.