By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Professor Tommy Curry in Texas A & M’s philosophy department made these remarks calling for violence against whites on a podcast:
“When we have this conversation about violence or killing white people it has to be looked at in the context of a historical turn, and the fact that we’ve had no one address, like, how relevant and how solidified this kind of tradition is for black people saying, “look in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die,” I’ve just been immensely disappointed, because what we look at week after week is national catastrophe after catastrophe where black people, black children, are still dying…”
These remarks rightly angered some students and alumni who protested Professor Curry’s continued employment. However in a May 10, 2017 email to students obtained by Red Alert Politics, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young refused to discipline or fire professor Tommy Curry. \
While condemning Curry’s remarks as “disturbing comments about race and violence that stand in stark contrast to Aggie core values,” Young refused to say that they were disqualifying for Curry’s position or worthy of discipline.
Young defended the comments as protected by the First Amendment, saying, “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of others to offer their personal views, no matter how reprehensible those views may be.”
Maybe Young is unaware, but the First Amendment prohibits the government from regulating speech — but doesn’t guarantee employment for those who work for government-funded institutions. Free speech stops when imminent harm could result such as calling for murder. Free speech may also be limited by employers like Texas A & M who believe that remarks from an employee will damage their reputation. Young continued in his email:
“We stand for equality.
We stand against the advocacy of violence, hate, and killing.
We firmly commit to the success, not the destruction, of each other.”
President Young offers us an excellent example of the kind weak, intellectually vapid leadership on college campuses today. Professor Curry’s remarks should cause families to question the value of the education they are funding at Texas A & M, and it should cause legislators and taxpayers to question continued public funding of that public university.