Burning witches: What St. John’s university wished it could do
to a Jewish professor.
They’re coming for you next: Hannah Berliner Fischthal, a professor at St. John’s University in New York and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was immediately fired because she read aloud in her literature class a selection from Mark Twain’s anti-slavery book, Pudd’nhead Wilson, that included the “N-word”.
On March 3 she was called into a meeting with HR about her use of the N-word in class, the subsequent discussion of it and a comment she allegedly made about a Black student’s hair. Fischthal said she only made a remark about a student’s head being wrapped up during class and it had nothing to do with her hair.
She said she was also criticized for mentioning her family’s experience in the Holocaust during class.
On March 5 she was suspended pending an investigation she had violated the university’s policy against bias. On April 29 she was fired.
The school had been alerted to her terrible crime of reading accurately from an accurate book portraying the actual culture of the pre-Civil War south by at least one of her students, who apparently was so weak-minded that even hearing this word that-shall-not-be-named was ““unnecessary and very painful.” It didn’t matter to this brainless student that the book was written to condemn slavery and bigotry. All that mattered is that a word of six letters was spoken aloud and she or he was forced to hear it.
I am certain that if the teacher had used obscenities routinely during her lectures no one would have complained. In fact, I would not be surprised if her superiors congratulated her for being “edgy.”
Trying to teach actual literature properly however cannot be allowed. The school moved to fire her forthwith.
Based on all the information available I’d say Fischthal would win big if she sued. She was supposedly fired for “racial bias,” but nothing she did fits that description. Before she read the Twain text she explained why she was doing it (as teachers should do) and hoped the students would keep an open mind and not be offended. When that one student was offended she made a sincere and open effort to alleviate that student’s “pain,” apologizing and starting an online discussion about the use of “insensitive language.”
In other words, she reached out both before and after to all her students to hear their perspective while explaining her own. At no point is there any evidence she treated anyone unfairly because of their skin color.
In addition, she apparently had consistently good performance reviews from her superiors and her students — over a twenty year career — which seems very consistent with her actions as a teacher described above.
The school denies that it fired her for reading Mark Twain aloud in her class, but refused to elaborate. Based on the intolerance of modern academia and its willingness to blackball anyone who dares express any idea it does not like, we would be quite justified in considering the school’s denial to be a lie.
I would also not be surprised that, given the anti-Semitic nature of much of today’s leftist-dominated academia, she was also fired because she was Jewish. That the school objected to her mention of the Holocaust in class is evidence of this, since you can’t find a better example of evil ethnic bigotry than the Nazi effort to kill all the Jews. How dare she mention this during a discussion of bigotry and slavery? Gotta get rid of those uppity Jews.
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