They’re coming for you next: The University of South Alabama this month suspended three professors for wearing Halloween costumes back in 2014, seven years ago.
The photos show “then-Mitchell College of Business dean Bob Wood dressed as a Confederate general and professors Alex Sharland and Teresa Weldy posing with a whip and a noose,” WKRG5 reports.
The three teach in the university’s Mitchell College of Business. Wood and Sharland, who have tenure, have apologized, while Weldy, who is not tenured, “chose not to apologize,” the news station reports.
University brass is reportedly taking heat from the campus community for being aware of the photos since 2020 but not doing more about it. With that, [university President Tony] Waldrop upped his efforts on the nearly 7-year-old matter, calling the costumes and poses “offensive” and “contrary to our core principles of diversity and inclusion.” He pledged in his statement that the university will “address this situation in a manner that demonstrates our unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a safe and welcoming environment for every member of our community.” [emphasis mine]
The highlighted words illustrate the intellectual dishonesty of this idiotic university president. How can his policy be an “unwavering commitment” to creating “a safe and welcoming environment” if he suspends people and demands their abject apology for wearing harmless costumes at Halloween, meant merely in fun and silliness?
The faculty and students of the University of South Alabama today
And even if these costumes were worn in seriousness, these professors had that right under the first amendment. Waldrop doesn’t have the faintest concept of what it means to live in an intellectually open and free society. No, to him the only thing that matters is that no one dare say or do anything that the petty leftist despots on his campus might not like.
Diversity? Hah! His campus is now nothing more than a bunch of mindless drones, forbidden to think and banned from doing anything but what they are told.
Meanwhile, what is the Alabama legislature doing about this? Don’t they finance this public university? Maybe my Alabama readers might call them and ask.
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