Of course, they’d drop him like a hot potato if he’d disparaged a minority, homosexual, Trans or Muslim… but what about his disgusting public statements about cops?
We live in a world where legal protections of rights are by no means enough to protect you from the outrage mob. If you doubt that, think back to the CEO of Mozilla losing his job after being ‘outed’ for donating to the ‘wrong’ political cause.
Well do we remember the insanity at Mizzou and elsewhere over issues of race. But even they didn’t get a pass all the time. Not even so far as cops were concerned.
Now some old anti-police rhetoric has resurfaced to haunt a prof in California. Will it be just a tempest in a teapot or will this be a big deal?
The prof is on medical leave on the moment, but in light of a cop recently killed in the line of duty, old public statements have resurfaced.
“Our officers are dedicated professionals who have and will continue to rise above calls for violence against them,” Farrow said. “Nonetheless, it’s regrettable they have to endure such vile hatred. I always try to remain positive, and we are keenly aware of what’s going on in the nation with the perception of law enforcement. We try to understand the criticism and build upon that. It’s a reminder to myself that there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Clover is on medical leave, but responded by email to a request for comment.
“On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as Black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement,” Clover said.
His latest reply tells us just how remorseful Professor Clover really is about them, don’t they?
Comments by a UC Davis English professor several years ago reportedly saying he believes police officers “need to be killed” have gained attention since the shooting death of Davis police Officer Natalie Corona.
Joshua Clover, a professor of English and Comparative Literature, tweeted in 2014, “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore,” according to UC Davis’ college newspaper The California Aggie.
On his now-private Twitter account, he also reportedly tweeted, “I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?”
Clover also responded to an SF Weekly interview question in 2015 asking him what he believed what was wrong with society. He replied, “People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre isn’t ‘protected speech’, as we know. Are violent calls to action on public forums legal now?
If Clover had said they need to be killed with reference to any of the other groups in this piece’s opening sentence, would he remain a professor at that school, or would they find some way to determine his ‘services were no longer required’?
Why is this particular call for violence somehow more socially acceptable than the others would have been?
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