Wayne State University has suspended an English professor named Steven Shaviro and referred him to the police after he encouraged Stanford students and other violent leftists to kill those who oppose their political views instead of merely trying to shout them down.
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“Although I do not advocate violating federal and state criminal codes, I think it is far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down,” Shaviro wrote on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail. “When right-wing groups invite such speakers to campus, it is precisely because they want to provoke an incident that discredits the left, and gives more publicity and validation to these reprehensible views than they could otherwise attain.”
“The protesters get blamed instead of the bigoted speaker; the university administration finds a perfect excuse to side publicly with the racists or phobes; the national and international press has a field day saying that bigots are the ones being oppressed, rather than the people those bigots actually hate being the victims of oppression,” he added.
Shaviro went on to recount an incident involving Sholem Schwarzbard, a Jewish, Russian-born French poet, who in 1926 assassinated Symon Petliura, the former head of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. The assassin held that Petilura was responsible for his family’s death and killed him on a street in Paris.
“The exemplary historical figure in this regard is Sholem Schwarzbard, who assassinated the anti-Semitic butcher Symon Petliura, rather than trying to shout him down. Remember that Schwarzbard was acquitted by a jury, which found his action justified,” the professor contended.
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On Monday morning, University president Roy Wilson announced Shaviro’s suspension without pay after becoming aware of the post. He noted that Shaviro’s post states that “rather than ‘shouting down’ those with whom we disagree, one would be justified to commit murder to silence them.”
“We have on many occasions defended the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, but we feel this post far exceeds the bounds of reasonable or protected speech. It is, at best, morally reprehensible and, at worst, criminal. We have referred this to law enforcement agencies for further review and investigation. Pending their review, we have suspended the professor with pay, effective immediately,” Wilson said in a statement.
Wayne State University professor says rather than “shouting down” those with whom we disagree, one would be justified to commit murder to silence them. pic.twitter.com/XPuMqQ4AW9
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Shaviro’s posts have since been taken down.
The English professor’s abhorrent call to violence follows a group of Stanford students earlier this month shouting down Fifth Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan, an appointee of former President Trump, during a visit to Stanford Law’s Federalist Society.
Students were incensed over the judge refusing to allow a transgender pedophile to change their name from Norman Keith Varner to Kathrine Nicole Jett on court records.
Approximately 100 students met the judge when he arrived at the school and started yelling obscenities at him. One told him, “We hope your daughters get raped,” according to the Daily Mail.
Wayne State University employs a professor who encourages students to KILL people they may disagree with ON CAMPUS “it is far more admirable to kill” he says. He also implies that students who murder will be acquitted by a jury as their actions are “justified” pic.twitter.com/3uXBwKnCMT
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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, the judge wrote that he also saw signs on campus that admonished “you should be ASHAMED,” while others charged that he had committed “crimes against women, gays, blacks and ‘trans people.'”
“Stanford Law School’s website touts its ‘collegial culture’ in which ‘collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning,'” he said in the op-ed. “This didn’t seem ‘collegial.'”
Duncan had previously been warned that protesters might confront him and the school had to permit it, but they reassured him they were “on top of it.” That wasn’t the case apparently.
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