The new dark age of silencing: Today’s blacklist story is interesting in that it proves the blacklist culture that is engulfing what was once a free America is not simply attacking those on the right. The level of intolerance has grown so pervasive that people are being blackballed for saying practically anything.
In this case, Collin College in Texas has now been sued by three different teachers because each had had the audacity to express a public opinion that the college administrations disagreed with. The list is quite intriguing because the teachers fired expressed opinions from the left side of the political aisle:
- History teacher Michael Phillips was terminated because he advocated removal of a Confederate statue, as well as publicly criticized the school’s decision to quickly return to in-class learning in 2020.
- History teacher Lora Burnett was terminated after she posted a very critical tweet about VP Mike Pence’s performance during a debate (“The moderator needs to talk over Mike Pence until he shuts his little demon mouth up.”) as well as publicly criticized the school’s Wuhan flu policy.
- Education teacher Suzanne Jones was terminated after calling for the removal of that same Confederate statue, as well as also criticizing the school’s decision to return to in-class learning in 2020.
Burnett has already won her case, accepting a $70,000 settlement plus attorney’s fees. She however did not get her job back, nor did the school admit liability in the settlement. Based on the tone and harshness of Burnett’s overall tweets, I sincerely question whether she is qualified to be a college professor. However, the tweets themselves, nor her personal politics, should not be a cause for her firing. Only her actual behavior and accomplishments in class should matter.
The same criteria should apply to all three teachers, all of whom appear to decidedly leftwing. As long as they do not introduce their politics into the classroom, the college has no cause to fire them.
At the same time, I have no doubt that all three did introduce their politics into their classrooms, as this has become the standard operating procedure for leftist teachers nationwide. Rarely do they teach. Instead, they indoctrinate their students. Furthermore, all three teachers were on contract, with the school having the right to not renew when the contracts expired. Had Collin College monitored their classroom behavior and found evidence of the teachers pushing their political agenda, then the school would certainly have been justified in terminating the teachers’ contracts.
Instead, Collin administrators made it very clear they chose to terminate the contracts because these teachers had expressed public opinions — outside of the classroom — that the administration found disagreeable. Thus, Colin College made itself no different than the hoard of jack-booted leftists — in government, in industry, in academia, and in entertainment — that have spent the past year blackballing conservatives everywhere. All are intolerant. All are intellectual corrupt. And all should find their funding and public support drop to zero.
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