By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
A college professor at Orange Coast College, Olga Perez Stable Cox, was taped by a student when she claimed that the election of Donald Trump as “an act of terrorism.” The student was initially suspended by the administration, before backing down from their demands due to public pressure. Now however, she has been named by Orange Coast College “Faculty Member of the Year.”
Professor Cox has had a history of threatening and trying to intimidate students who are Trump supporters. These columns reported earlier:
Professor Cox further threatened any student who supported Trump according to students who secretly taped Cox’ rant and subsequent threats.
Students Tanner Webb and Noah Faerber have told both CBS News and the Orange County Register what they witnessed that day in class.
“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters … and nobody felt like they could stand up. Me, in fear of my grade. And then she said, ‘I bet none of you will stand up because you’re embarrassed for yourselves. The rest of the class should look out for them and know who to protect themselves from,’” Webb told CBS News.
“She tried to get everyone who voted for Donald Trump to stand up and show the rest of the class who to watch out for and protect yourself from,” Webb told the Register.
Faerber corroborated Webb’s account to both publications.
Rob Schneiderman, president of the Coast Federation of Educators AFT 1911, did not deny to the Orange County Register that Cox asked Trump supporters to stand. He told the paper: “Cox told the class some people would be happy with the election results, and a student stood up in approval. She then invited others to stand up and show their support if they wished.”
The new details regarding the situation came at the same time as a large protest took place on campus Monday afternoon with students there to support the person who recorded the video and to denounce Cox’s comments, and students there to defend the embattled professor’s academic freedom.
The video shows the professor saying in part: “… white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country. And so we are in for a difficult time but again I do believe that we can get past that. Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism. One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.”
Cox was initially reported as refusing the “Faculty Member of the Year” award last week, but the school said that the initial reporting was wrong because the school had misinterpreted Cox’s response. She, in fact, did accept the award. The question is: Why does a Professor that only allows one point of view-hers-in the classroom get an award?