Universities are getting more and more toxic. It’s been that way since I went to college. Professors, for the most part, seem to be overwhelmingly of a liberal bent these days. Many are radicalized and some tend towards violence. Once in a while, they get snagged for it.
Georgetown Professor Christine Fair got herself suspended from Twitter last week because she tweeted that GOP senators deserve “slow miserable deaths” and their corpses castrated. Color me surprised that Twitter did that. Miracles never cease. That’s the swiftest justice from Twitter that I have seen and it totally blindsided Fair.
“Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement,” Fair wrote in the tweet that led to her account’s suspension. “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.” Gee, tell us how you really feel and don’t hold back or nothing.
Fair was even arrogant enough to comment to Fox News that her words were chosen to make her audience uncomfortable. Well, she certainly did that in spades. She also proclaimed that her tweet was “private speech,” meaning that it would be inappropriate for her employer to punish her for it.
Fair’s Georgetown bio states, “Christine Fair is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.” She obviously feels she can spout off death threats or violence and not be held accountable for it. She thought wrong at least when it comes to Twitter. Georgetown however…
“Unfortunately, universities have punished students over private speech in the past. Take for example an incident involving the Harvard male soccer team. In 2016, Harvard canceled the men’s soccer season after it was revealed that members of the team had privately commented on the appearance of members of the women’s soccer team. Apparently, in our modern world, it is far more egregious to talk about the attractiveness of your peers on a campus than it is to call for the brutal death of public officials because they are “entitled white men.”
“In a comment, a Georgetown spokesperson confirmed exactly that. Georgetown will not punish the private speech of Professor Fair, regardless of how objectionable it might be.
“Our policy does not prohibit speech based on the person presenting ideas or the content of those ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable,” the statement read. “While faculty members may exercise freedom of speech, we expect that their classrooms and interaction with students be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”
“Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept commented on the suspension in a series of tweets:
“Greenwald points out in his thread that advocates of censorship are inevitably surprised when the very rules they created and supported are used against them. This applies to university professors as much as online social justice warriors.
Fair may have to answer for her words after all. She is no longer teaching classes at Georgetown University following calls for the outspoken liberal educator to be fired it would seem. She’s on leave. A Georgetown spokesperson told Fox News that she is no longer teaching students, but will be traveling internationally for university research.