A communications professor at the University of Michigan wrote a column this week for the political blog In These Times, wherein she professes her “hate” for Republicans, claiming the GOP is more guilty than the left.
In Susan Douglas’ disdain-filled piece titled “We Can’t All Just Get Along,” she didn’t mince words about how completely incensed she is with Conservatives.
“I hate Republicans,” Douglas wrote. “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood.’”
The school responded to her written sentiments Thursday with a message of support for having shared her opinion. “The university values viewpoint diversity and encourages a wide range of opinions,” the university said in a statement. Adding the caveat that “views expressed are those of the individual faculty member and not those of the University of Michigan.”
Although the school seems to support Douglas putting her anger on full display by name-calling and pointing fingers of blame, others had a less compassionate response to the negative column — at least according to an editor note attached to the infamous article after it was published. The site’s editor alleged that Douglas has received death threats and is concerned for her personal safety. Keep in mind that notation was added by a presumably liberal individual who is interested in casting an especially bad light on gun-toting Conservatives as being dangerous and irrational.
Whether threats were actually made or just perceived, U of M students did react verbally by slamming the professor for intolerance toward those with differing political beliefs. The “intolerance” shown by the professor is a bit ironic, considering it’s a liberal’s favorite buzz term that they like to assign to conservatives that disagree with them.
“This is blatant intolerance, and the university should take action on behalf of intellectual diversity and all of the students who are intimidated into silence,” Grant Strobl, chairman of U-M’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, told M-Live.
The report by M-Live noted that following the students’ backlash of the professor’s remarks, university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said, “Faculty freedom of expression, including in the public sphere, is one of the core values of our institution. At the same time, the university must and will work vigilantly to ensure students can express diverse ideas and perspectives in a respectful environment and without fear of reprisal. The university values viewpoint diversity and encourages a wide range of opinions.”
Fitzgerald’s remark can simply by summed up as “damage control.”
Do you think this professor should have worded her opinion more professionally or is what she said acceptable even if you disagree with her viewpoint? Please share what you think in the comments.
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Courtesy of Mad World News