Free speech may be protected but so is choosing where to spend your money.
Trinity College, a private liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut, is suffering financial consequences after a sociology professor posted racially-charged comments on social media.
It’s didn’t help, perhaps, that the college president defended the comments.
Professor Johnny Williams, who is black, was placed on leave for writing that white people are “inhuman a—holes” who deserve to die, a comment made after U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise who was shot and wounded along with several others during a Republican baseball practice on June 14.
The school of 2,100 students has now lost approximately $200,000 in donor money and 16 freshman students, Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney acknowledged in a July 31 letter written to school staff.
The school, founded in 1823, costs approximately $50,000 annually to attend.
“I’m surprised that more people didn’t pull out and hopefully they will,” observes Day Gardner, who is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union.
“I think that (Trinity) should really suffer the consequences of having this man, who is a professor of sociology, on their roster,” she adds.
Trinity has actually stood behind Williams’ right to make such remarks and the professor was allowed to return to work
Berger-Sweeney defended discussion of “difficult and complex issues,” and an inquiry of the incident faulted Campus Reform, the education watchdog group, more than Williams and complained about threats to Williams.
Although the professor may have the right to say what he wants, Gardner believes such hate-filled remarks should have consequences.
“If we allow it to to just go like it’s no big deal,” she warns, “if we’re going to sweep it under the rug, you know what? It’s a cancer that will grow.”