Excerpt from CNN
A Florida university posted campus police outside a sociology class titled “White Racism” after the professor was flooded with harassing emails and messages — some of them openly racist.
“All that it takes is that one person to act on their views,” said Ted Thornhill, assistant professor of sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University, in a phone call with CNN. “We’ve got to be cautious because you don’t know what people are capable of.”
Hey, Ted, you’re a coward. Eat my ass, pal. Are you planning to mention the word “Jew” in class and talk about Jewish supremacy?
I thought not.
Tuesday was the first day of class, and there were no incidents reported. But Thornhill’s course has been creating headlines, and controversy, since it was announced last fall.
A course description says the class will “interrogate the concept of race; examine the racist ideologies, laws, policies, and practices that have operated for hundreds of years to maintain white racial domination over those racialized as non-white.” It also aims to “discuss ways to challenge white racism and white supremacy toward promoting an anti-racist society where whiteness is not tied to greater life chances.”
The class filled quickly to the maximum of 50 students.
One, Bryan Oliva-Infante, told CNN he felt uncomfortable attending the class Tuesday because of the controversy. On his way to class he said he noticed extra university police officers nearby.
“Although I was a bit nervous, sitting through the class felt like a sigh of relief,” said Oliva-Infante, president of FGCU College Democrats and FGCU for Dreamers.
“For the first time, ever, at FGCU, I was in an academic setting where the majority of people were students of color,” he said. “It was beautiful to see that many of my classmates had cultural backgrounds similar to mine. One thing we all have in common was that our communities all suffer from white racism.”
Bryan should attend a black university or college. There’s lots of Nogs there for him to see and avoid all those mean white people.
46 pages of emails
Thornhill, who is African American, said he decided to title the course “White Racism” because he believes it accurately signifies the material.
“I understood that many white Americans, and some people of color, would find it provocative,” he told CNN.
The professor said he wasn’t surprised when he was besieged with messages — most of them negative — and some hate mail in the days and weeks after the course was announced. Even so, he said he was shocked by their vitriol.
Thornhill shared with CNN 46 pages of emails he has received about the course. A few FGCU parents threatened to pull their tuition. Some writers asked why the course was called “White Racism” when racism exists among all ethnic groups. Others said Thornhill should devote class time to black racism.
Still others pelted him with insults and racial slurs.
“Cancer(Stage 4) is what you and your family deserve for spreading hate, lies, & in tolerance.” read one email.
“I would ask that you stop using the name Ted and Thornhill, as I feel you are using a cultural appropriation. Change it to Obongo Deviantray you racist pig,” said another.
A third said, “I BET MEMBERSHIP IN THE KLAN IS PROBABLY SKYROCKETING BECAUSE OF RADICALS LIKE YOU.”
Others called him “a pitiful little boy,” “a subhuman mongrel” and an “alt-left piece of sh*t.”
Asked about the outcry, Thornhill told CNN, “It is not my job to provide white people with comfort.”
He later said, “I never at any point entertained the possibility of changing the course title to accommodate the racial bigotry of the individuals who would send me these kinds of messages.”
This is what passes for education today. Never hire a f*ck with a class like this on his transcript and never donate money to a university.
Starve the beast and make the degrees worthless, which in reality they already are. White students should have flooded this course, challenged this a**hole in class, and given him a bad teacher survey rating. At my former university, you could drop a course almost to the end of the semester. The whites could have dropped the course, thus not risking Thornhill’s giving them a bad grade.
One more thing. It’s ironic that Thornhill (not an African name!) wants the police around. I thought they were oppressing innocent Negros and killing them for no reason.
Thornhill has sh*t for brains. He deserved all the abuse he got via email.