St. Joseph’s University Professor Suspended For Criticism Of Reparations On Social Media

We have been discussing disciplinary measures taken against faculty who engage in the public debate over social and political issues ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement to police misconduct to systemic racism in society. Now Professor Gregory Manco, a math professor at St. Joseph’s University, has been suspended after he made arguments opposing reparations on Twitter. Few media outlets beyond conservative sites like The College Fix are covering the controversy but it raises serious questions over the curtailment of free speech for both faculty and students in expressing opposing views in our ongoing national debate over social, economic, political, and legal reforms.

We have been discussing efforts to fire professors who voice dissenting views of the basis or demands of recent protests including an effort to oust a leading economist from the University of Chicago as well as a leading linguistics professor at Harvard and a literature professor at Penn. The silence of many faculty in the face of crackdowns on free speech has been chilling in the last few years.A written notice from the school’s human resources department to Manco called the tweets “biased or discriminatory,” and he has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

In this case, Manco was writing on a personal and an anonymous account as “South Jersey Giants.” Yet, he was still targeted because he expressed his opposition to reparations as well as racial bias training. A professor should be able to voice such views not just anonymously but directly as part of a national debate on such issues.

As always, my concern is not with the merits of such arguments, or even the manner in which they are expressed. Rather, professors have a right to express themselves even when they espouse offensive or disgraceful positions. As we have previously discussed, one professor called for more Trump supporters to be killed. Another called for strangling police. Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis, who writes for the site Lawyers, Guns, and Money, said he saw “nothing wrong” with the killing of a conservative protester — a view defended by other academics.  While sites like Lawyers, Guns, and Money feature writers law professor Paul Campus who call for the firing of those with opposing views (including myself), they continue to feature a writer who has justified actually killing those with opposing views. I have opposed calls that extremist figures like Loomis should be terminated at their universities for speaking publicly on such issues. However, there remains a sharp contrast in how such controversial statements are treated by universities depending on their content or conclusions.

We have previously discussed the concern that academics are allowed (correctly) to voice extreme views on social justice and police misconduct, but that there is less tolerance for the voicing of opposing views on such subjects.  There were analogous controversies at the University of California and Boston University, where there have been criticism of such a double standard, even in the face of criminal conduct. There were also such an incident at the University of London involving Bahar Mustafa as well as one involving a University of Pennsylvania professor. Some intolerant statements against students are deemed free speech while others are deemed hate speech or the basis for university action. There is a lack of consistency or uniformity in these actions which turn on the specific groups left aggrieved by out-of-school comments.  There is also a tolerance of faculty and students tearing down fliers and stopping the speech of conservatives.  Indeed, even faculty who assaulted pro-life advocates was supported by faculty and lionized for her activism.

Universities are not alone in such one-sided actions. This week, I testified in Congress on efforts to bar individuals from social media or even pressure companies to take networks like Fox News off the air.

In this case, Manco compared slavery reparations to the great-great-grandchild of a murder victim asking the perpetrator’s great-great-grandchild for compensation.  It is easy to see why many would be offended by how he expressed his views, including the statement “Now get this racist reparation bullshit out of your head for good.” However, other academics espousing anti-police or anti-Republican views have used similar language without triggering a campaign for termination.

In this case, students demanded action and the university swiftly complied with an investigation and suspension of Manco. Director of Public Relations and Media Gail Benner told The College Fix that  “We thank our students for bringing to our attention a possible violation of our values. The University launched an investigation into a report of bias. The faculty member will not be in the classroom or in a coaching role while the investigation is conducted.”

The suspension raises that same concern that I had with the recent handling of the case of Law Professor Jason Kilborn who was suspended for using a censored version of the “n-word” on an exam. The suspension and public investigation of Kilborn triggered serious academic freedom questions. The matter could have been investigated further by the university after an initial determination not to change his status. Instead, he was suspended — a decision that clearly will create a chilling effect on other academics at the school.

In this case, there is no connection of Manco’s classes and he not only wrote without reference to his position but did not even write under his own name. Chief Human Resource Officer Zenobia Hargust wrote “The University received several complaints regarding online postings that were allegedly made by you and are of a biased or discriminatory nature.” Those postings were private, off-campus remarks. Yet, he was suspended.  Even if an investigation was warranted, it could have left his status unchanged, particularly in light of a presumption that he is entitled to speak on social and political issues outside of the school.

Indeed, the faculty handbook affirms that right, as Manco himself pointed out.

 

 

That statement is not the creation of St. Joseph’s University. It is the 1940 statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors:

College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.

Manco however was suspended despite the controversy focusing on discussions outside of the university on social media on an anonymous account. Manco told the College Fix “I have no idea how it will turn out. A fair investigation clears me and I rejoin my students. I can only hope it will be fair. I love my university.”

The silence of other faculty at the university (and faculty at other universities) continues to be both conspicuous and alarming. There is a palpable fear that speaking out in defense of the free speech rights of professors like Professor Manco will only make you the next target of criticism or some cancelling campaign. The result is bone-chilling silence from most faculty when fellow professors are targeted for expressing conservative or opposing views on these sensitive subjects. That silence is as damaging as the campaigns targeting faculty members. Historically, censorship and speech controls are used not just to silence a few but to deter many others in the expression of opposing views. Manco will presumably be cleared, but his suspension sends a clear message to others that expressing themselves in public (even anonymously) could result in public investigation and humiliation.

 

267 thoughts on “St. Joseph’s University Professor Suspended For Criticism Of Reparations On Social Media”

    1. So good Young. Here’s the money shot which is, in turn, a parable from Alan Bloom in his seminal work ” The Closing of the American Mind”:

      𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘨𝘶𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢, 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘳𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 – 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘱𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴. 𝘐𝘯 𝘎𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘦. 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘺. 𝘈𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘰 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺’𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦.

      A great nation cannot be lead by cowards nor taught by them.

      1. Mespo– Neo is generally very sound and interesting. It is worth reading her background account on her evolution from NYT-Think to the realization that the world is not what she had been led to believe. It cost her friends because, as we know, the left can be intolerant. I think her page still links to her essay.

        And I agree with you that her quotes from Bloom were right on target. I particularly liked this part:

        “𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘳𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦”

        There was a time when many of our leaders in thought and politics had come of age facing dangers in the military or work or economic decline and I think many were better for it. There is a world of difference between Holmes, who fought in the Civil War, and Roberts, who appears to be invertebrate.

        1. “There is a world of difference between Holmes, who fought in the Civil War, and Roberts, who appears to be invertebrate.”
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          Amen to that! The unintended salutary effects of broad human conflict.

        2. There was a time when many of our leaders in thought and politics had come of age facing dangers in the military or work or economic decline and I think many were better for it. There is a world of difference between Holmes, who fought in the Civil War, and Roberts, who appears to be invertebrate.

          I suspect the common experience of the grinding difficulty of making a living in agriculture (particularly in pioneer circumstances) and the discomforts of daily life prior to 1914 or thereabouts differentiate the generations. The Depression was certainly consequential, but if the chaps at Maddison Historical Statistics are correct, it had scant precedent during the period running from 1800 to 1929. There were a couple of economic implosions that lasted more than two years and a couple which saw a year-over-year decline in per capita output in excess of 7%. The prevalence of military service varies a great deal by cohort. The probability a man would have participated in a general mobilization was approx. 0% for those born during the period running from 1799 to 1815, modest for those born between 1815 and 1825, close to nil for those born between 1849 and 1872, &c. About 90% of the WWi participants were born during the years running from 1885 to 1900. WWii participation for those born prior to 1905 was very unusual for aught but career military. A large minority of those born from 1905 to 1912 served, as did a majority of those born from 1913-1935, as did a large minority of those born from 1935 to 1953. Combat experience is more common among WWi and WWii veterans than among those who served later.

          1. Yeah, Deco, hard knocks undoubtedly molded your cult leader into the man of towering principle, bravery, and integrity for which he is famous.

            1. I gather your handlers at Correct-the-Record told you to attempt random non sequiturs as a diversion.

    2. I read this and it’s true on the surface. but it could have just stopped at 1. “Most people are afraid to speak up when their livelihood is threatened”

      the thing that conservatives and republicans have been very slow to understand, is that the big money out there, is against them

      and it has been for a very long time. probably back into the 50s if not earlier.

      at this point, it is shamefully incompetent for republicans and conservatives not to count the financiers as the primary foe rather than all their countless mercenaries.

      sal sar

  1. Prof Turley – I implore you and other collegiate faculty to not just write about this but to do something. This story shows the fascist nature of American higher ed at this point in history. Where are the brave academicians? Why do conservatives and true liberals just stay quiet and hope that some logic and critical thinking will be suddenly deposited on this obeiscant faculty who are being manipulated by the fascist left. These revolutionaries need to be confronted and shut down.

    1. Despite the fact that Turley is center left, I think Turley is walking a tightrope while the laughing hyenas on the left are shaking the rope hoping he will fall down and kill himself.

      1. @S.Meyer

        The fact that Professor Turley holds liberal views on other issues is irrelevant for these self-proclaimed apostles of tolerance and they regard him as a “nazi” too.

        Kind of ironic that the real nazis opposed free speech but you are regarded as one if you support it now.

        antonio

        1. “Kind of ironic that the real nazis opposed free speech but you are regarded as one if you support it now.”
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          Not so much ironic as tactical, antonio.

          1. @mespo727272

            Ditto! Most leftists only supported free speech when they perceived that their pets on the left such as Communists and anti-war protestors were affected.

            antonio

        2. I’m on the left. I don’t consider JT a Nazi, and I don’t hope for his death. Trolls like you and Allan prefer to pretend otherwise.

  2. I support Professor Manco’s fight to state his opinion. If he loses his fight, I’m hopeful that he and other cancelled/fired professors and teachers will redirect their careers in the charter-school or private-school arena. It seems that with the teachers’ unions overplaying their hand, that this may be the best time in history to push for school vouchers in all states.

  3. “Violation of our values”? Apparently freedom of speech isn’t one of their values. Who knew that liberal universities would become the bastions of totalitarianism!

    1. Who knew that liberal universities would become the bastions of totalitarianism!

      Yuri Bezmenov knew. And he said exactly how they will do it back in a 1984 interview.

      Back to Bezmenov, who warned us in 1984 that a free society collapses in four stages, and the first is demoralization. What he meant by demoralization is a process by which students in schools controlled by disciples of leftist thought would be indoctrinated into a set of values and beliefs foreign to those of the American tradition. Bezmenov said, in 1984, mind you, that this would happen when the 1960s and 1970s student radicals began to control the educational institutions, and their project would be to throw out traditional Judeo-Christian morality, classical education, and American patriotism. Is there any doubt this has happened? Our young people are the least patriotic in our nation’s history, and the most ignorant of the cultural, intellectual, and ideological patrimony of which they are heirs.

      It’s even worse than that, because the cultural Marxist project not just in our schools but in our media and entertainment institutions has poisoned those against the country. Remember when the NFL was an escape from politics? Remember when the movies Hollywood made extolled American values and made viewers feel good about their country?

      When was the last time you saw anything from American education or corporate media that made you feel good about your country?

      The first goal of revolutionary propaganda, particularly the Marxist variety, is to demoralize. It’s to depress you and make you believe your civilization is lost. Once you succumb to that, you are, in the words of Ming the Merciless, “satisfied with less.” Why do you think ordinary white people are so willing to apologize for the sins of their ancestors and to confess to being racist without even knowing it? Why do you think corporate America is blindly endorsing a Marxist revolutionary organization that openly declares war on the nuclear family?

      That’s demoralization, and according to Bezmenov it’s the first step in engineered societal collapse.

      What’s the second step? Destabilization.

      Bezmenov describes that as a rapid decline in the structure of a society — its economy, its military, its international relations. We’ve discussed in this space the unquestionable impetus on the part of Democrats to keep the economy as hamstrung as possible with COVID-19 shutdowns, and those continue despite a precipitous decline in death rates as testing ramps up across the country. It’s clear the virus is no longer a significant threat to the health of Americans who don’t already have serious medical issues, and yet COVID hysteria is increasing, rather than decreasing. Just Wednesday the Ivy League shut down all its sporting events planned for the fall semester, an absurd decision that is nonetheless likely to be copied by other universities dominated by leftist political activists (the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC are all in various stages of planning conference-only schedules this fall, which makes no sense whatsoever). The virus is the perfect platform by which to impose the economic destabilization the Left has wanted all along.
      https://spectator.org/four-stages-of-marxist-takeover-the-accuracy-of-yuri-bezmenov/?utm_source=LibertyNation

      Here’s a link to the interview:

  4. Respectfully, professor Turley, this battle was lost the instant the word nigger was banned. Let me hasten to add that while I personally find the word and it’s use reprehensible, it is nevertheless just a word, and banning it’s mere utterance means banning anything and everything. It’s my view this was the instant the battle was lost and has resulted in the mess we’re in today where even the mere discussion of certain topics are verboten. So now we are embroiled in a wokeness of nightmarish qualities from which, in all honestly, I have no clue regarding how we extricate ourselves. Virtue signalling rules the day. The sad part? Racists continue using the word in it’s most hateful application and the winners are not the rest of us, but them as they laugh at how we tie ourselves in knots and punish discussion! Sigh.

  5. We would already have the multicult utopia including “equity”, if not for evil bigots such as Professor Manco. Plus everyone knows math is “racist” – Who was the dead white male who said 2+2=4? Professor Manco represents the saboteurs and wreckers preventing true equality.

    And while the West keeps trying to find the mythical unicorn and achieve an equality which does not exist, China is laughing all the way to the bank. I can guarantee that China does not seek out and promote underqualified, poor performing minorities and promote them above their ability. And they don’t care if you call them a “racist”.

    antonio

  6. Freedom of Speech is what separates from totalitarian nations. Whether the reduction in our freedom of speech is by storm troopers or government, the lack of freedom of speech is indicative of how free a people we actually are. We are almost in free fall.

  7. Now that they executed their soft coup to get a lifelong crook with Dementia into office, the Ministry of Truth has shifted into high gear.

    “Twitter Says It Purged Dozens Of Accounts For “Undermining Faith In NATO”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/twitter-says-it-purged-dozens-accounts-undermining-faith-nato

    “amid numerous examples of recent Twitter overreach and Silicon Valley’s blatant attempts to crush speech deemed politically inconvenient or out of bounds, this one is arguably the most bizarre and blatant yet – the offending accounts were deemed to have not upheld “faith” in the NATO military alliance. (Did we miss the “oath” that was supposed to be taken upon setting up an account?…)”

    When you boil it all down it means do not criticize the US-EU empire building that feeds billions into the trillionaires pockets via the MIC.

  8. Thank you JT. I was going to say I can’t imagine an argument against your point but then I forgot the all encompassing liberal counter point ” What about Trump”? The rampant hypocrisy is pervasive. It is truly Orwellian. Although most students today probably would not know what that means without Goggling it. I am sorry I forgot the other counterpoint. You are a Fox contributor therefore you have no standing. I don’t understand the haste to turn our whole nation into a bunch of Pu**ys. Have some inner fortitude not to get your feelings hurt an a daily basis! Stop celebrating and embracing victimhood!!

  9. There is a palpable fear that speaking out in defense of the free speech rights of professors like Professor Manco will only make you the next target of criticism or some cancelling campaign.

    They’re more afraid of being shunned socially.

  10. I don’t know why he ‘loves his university’. It’s run by sh!ts.

    You will continue to have these problems until (1) the law holds administrators personally liable for tortious conduct and / or (2) the trustees respond to an incident like this by firing everyone in the chain of command between the offending official and themselves. If Zenobia Hargust were in danger of losing her house or if Zenobia Hargust and the one or two people above her in the chain of command were in danger of losing their jobs, you would not see this. This is a function of granting impunity to bad people.

    As for the faculty, very few of them have character, so they’re on the side of the bad people or they do nothing. If my old employer is any guide, in any faculty of 200 people, there will be one who will offer a mild public defense of a professor being harassed.

    1. Arty:
      “As for the faculty, very few of them have character, so they’re on the side of the bad people or they do nothing. If my old employer is any guide, in any faculty of 200 people, there will be one who will offer a mild public defense of a professor being harassed”.
      **************
      1 in 200? Ouch! and we thought Diogenes of Sinope had a tough task. Why do we let this herd of sheep educate our young? I know strong, smart people are in short supply but they’re not extinct. Our institutions have really let us down.

      1. What’s interesting about him is the following:

        1. He’s a visiting faculty member.
        2. He’s 50 years old.
        3. He grew up locally, in Burlington County, NJ.

        I’m wagering the research degree was completed fitfully in middle age and that college teaching is a 2d or 3d career for him. He may have continue to have other options, though the HR karenwaffe will attempt to prevent him from landing in the applicant pool at bureaucratized employers.

        1. Hi. I received my Ph.D. at 27 and have been in academia my entire life including 17 years at SJU. These hurtful and false and unfair allegations that were made will destroy me.
          – Greg Manco

              1. One honest man still eludes us all in Washington 😉

                Bug continues to accuse me of public masturbation. I can’t hold a candle to CNN in that department.

                  1. Oh hey…, I get called to a troll party. Awesome!! Time to sing the Corroboration Song!! Vance has L’Orange’s taxes.

                    EB

                    1. And looks to be going for Bannon’s too. Don jr. getting roped in. Now it’s clear why he’s been doing all the uptown drugs lately…, partake before jail!!

                      EB

                    2. Diogenes, when not in deep philosophical thought, was known for defecating and masturbating in public. And had an odd fascination with dogs also!

                      EB

          1. My regrets for the mistake.

            Your webpage lists you as a ‘visiting assistant professor’. If you’ve worked there for 17 years and they’ve left you in that pigeonhole the whole time they’re misusing you.

    2. “This is a function of granting impunity to bad people.”

      Art, I am reading ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ and all I can think of is how the America of today could withstand what the British did during the Battle of Britain. These administrators and faculty members would did deep holes and bury themselves until they suffocated to death. It’s disgusting. Academia of today, outside of government, represents the worst Americans have to offer. We used to spread individual freedom and democracy abroad, but today we are spreading the rust of victimhood.

      1. “These administrators and faculty members would did deep holes and bury themselves until they suffocated to death.”

        Your view of them is too benevolent.

        During nighttime raids, some would be standing outside the Palace of Westminster, holding bright lights up high. The others would be standing outside, with their ears plugged and their eyes covered: “Buzz bombs? I don’t hear any buzz bombs. And I certainly don’t see any traitors.”

    3. Trustees work for global capitalists. They follow their orders, not ours.

      The biggest donor to university research right now is probably Bill Gates. At a prestigious university, nearby, the largest grant in its history has been awarded by him for study of malaria.

      One wonders of course, how he will achieve the goal of depopulation of 10-15% which he announced as a goal of his global health initiatives back at the 2010 TED talk. Normally, improved health care extends life and thus increases the living population across the generations.

      But maybe Bill Gates has a new “vaccine” up his sleeve that will go a long way to “reducing co2 emissions” by killing off us surplus mouth breathers still cluttering up his property doing bad things like eating hamburgers.

      Sal Sar

      1. Kurtz, you’ve been blown up on your ignorant BS on the same line a couple of days ago. Prosperity and increased health lower birth rates – see Europe and the US, which rely now on immigrants for population suste=nance and increases (economic beneficial). Your hero is a “billionaire” who inherited his money, ripped off his own charity, and cares only for himself and you have the nerve to pretend you have any principles and some one like Gates is a mass murderer in waiting?

  11. In general, academics will not risk their careers to defend other academics. They will look the other way and hope that they are not next in the line of fire. That, of course, is true of most people. Most will go along to get along, avoid rocking the boat, and choose their battles so carefully they never find a hill on which they might risk economic death.
    As for Manco’s argument — bravo! It is a good analogy, but an incomplete one. Reparations also would target people who rented from the great-great grandson of the murderer or who bought his house and inhabited it.
    The number of slave-owners was very small relative to the number of non-slaves who lived in the antebellum South, and, of course, a minuscule number of people who lived in the antebellum North owned slaves, just as almost no Englishmen in England or Frenchmen in France or Italians in Italy owned slaves. None of the immigrants who arrived in the States after 1865 owned any slaves, not the Irish, not the Scots, not the Poles or the Serbs, not the Russians or the Jews.
    The whole idea of reparations is absurd; to force the descendents of formers serfs, who themselves could be ‘sold’ and had their freedoms curtailed, pay ‘reparations’ for the actions of slave-owners would be a social and economic injustice as slavery itself.
    But the morally cretinous do not want to be particularly well informed about current or past realities. Like the philosophes, I always hoped that evil was the product of ignorance and could be corrected by eductation, but, like Candide, I have seen too much of the world, and now I suspect that there is no cure for the evil of the ignorant and self-righteous, nor any help for fanatics and zealots.
    So while I wish Manco well, I assume he will be forced to undergo reeducation to assure that in future his thoughts will be pure and every syllable he utters properly orthodox.

    1. Manco doesn’t appear to be the “re-education” kinda guy. Oh and thanks for the Candide reference. It’s a personal favorite and the repository of perhaps the best line in literature:

      “I should like to know which is worse: to be ravished a hundred times by pirates, and have a buttock cut off, and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians, and be flogged and hanged in an auto-da-fe, and be dissected, and have to row in a galley — in short, to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered — or simply to sit here and do nothing?’

      That is a hard question,’ said Candide.”

  12. Fascinating watching the playing field shift over what is considered acceptable communication. On the one hand there very well may be an overzealous response to what was once status quo communication. On the other, obnoxious sentiments and sensibilities that had clear landing priority are being called up for criticism not previously received and the arbiters are not at all used to the consequences. House money says the white male ‘conservative’ will find a way to have their voice heard in a way not available to others in a campaign of attrition, but wow, they certainly find themselves in a much closer game than they’re used to.

    Beyond fascinating, actually.

    EB

    1. EB said: “House money says the white male ‘conservative’ will find a way to have their voice heard in a way not available to others in a campaign of attrition, but wow, they certainly find themselves in a much closer game than they’re used to.”

      You white EB? Are you one of these white people who have a guilt trip over your own existence? We can’t see each other but we realize that most of us here are white, from the way we write. So, let me ask, you in or are you out? Its fine if you’re out. I just want to give you a chance to say what table you’re eating lunch at when we all get locked up.

      Sal Sar

  13. (music to tune of Hello Mudder Hello Fadda, Here I Am In Camp Grenada)
    Hello dumb schmuck!
    You’re a student.
    You’ve got no brain or prudence!

    Now it’s time…to leave your college.
    Tell your Ma you have not one piece of knowledge!

    Learn plumbing or electronics.
    Get a job that pays you comics
    You remember…Ernest Flemming.
    He got tomine poisoning after dinner!

    Take me home! I wanna go…
    Out of college!
    I wanna go now. Before…
    The cows!

  14. The outright persecution of anyone that’s outside the left’s cultish totalitarian hive mind is going to continue until those against this kind of totalitarianism stand up and put a stop to it.

    1. Steve:
      It’s a damn shame and truly disconcerting to see how so many sheep live in the ivory towers – even in the legal ones. Manco and JT are the exceptions and hopefully their numbers are growing. Where are their professional organizations? Do they just talk a good game but let their members get picked off? Maybe Nixon was right, “higher education strengthens the mind but softens the spine.”

        1. Steve:
          “There are lots of intelligent people out there that do choose to openly voice their opinions, how about Alan Dershowitz with his “The Dershow” on both Rumble and YouTube, or Jack Marshall over at Ethics Alarms. There are lots more.”
          *******************
          I’m glad of that. I hope they talk louder. Oh and Dershowitz is fearless.

          1. He’s a clinical faculty member, so quite vulnerable. There’s been a campaign among odious creatures on the Cornell faculty to have him fired. He’s faced denunciations from the provost for bogus reasons.

  15. Professors out there in America:. Quit your jobs at colleges and universities. You have no rights there. Let the dumb Schmucks called “students” learn on their own.

  16. Thanks JT for posting this. It’s a true injustice to this man especially given the particulars as I mentioned on the blog yesterday in an off topic comment. I passed your fine thoughts onto Professor Manco today. Kudos for championing academic and personal freedom

      1. Good luck Professor. I hope it goes well for you, but, alas, I fear that that train has left the station.

          1. No, Art/TIA, it’s faulty. I explained why in the comment I linked to, which you entirely ignore.

      2. Dr Manco, here is a little free advice. Lawyer up and sue. There is usually somebody in the local bar who specializes at suing universities and knows the ropes. Talk around to people, check out the internet, and find out who it is. And go for it. And don’t take a bad offer. Sal Sar

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