To be honest, I really didn’t want to get into the war of words raging over the past couple of days concerning comments made by an Adjunct Professor at ECSU. But judging from CT Capitol report, it seems everyone has something to say.
If you haven’t been following the story here’s the story line– Professor Brent Terry was recorded as he addressed his creative writing class, jumping ugly on Republicans calling them “racist, misogynist , money-grubbing people” who would deny the vote, and who knows what else, to the old, the young, Latinos and blacks.
Of course, Democrats, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been playing this song for years, and seeing that most university faculty members tend to lean left, this should be no surprise. As the video circulated, reaction grew. As you might expect, state Republicans expressed outrage and demanded an apology. And to Professor Terry’s credit, he did. After all, we all occasionally say things we regret later. Case closed?
In an op-ed in the Courant, Serafin Mendez, a professor of communications at CCSU expresses his disappointment that a faculty member of a sister institution face opprobrium for simply expressing his point of view, though I’m not sure why an adjunct professor of creative writing would feel it necessary to slide into politics. Well, that’s probably why he teaches creative writing and I talk on the radio.
And Professor Mendez has a good point. Free expression is vital to learning, though I suspect that had Professor Terry started castigating Democrats, the Welfare state, and Whole Foods, Dr. Mendez would be a little less supportive.
In the op-ed, Professor Mendez does suggest that it would have been wiser for Professor Terry to have provided context for his comments. He should have cited the “Republican fight against the Civil rights act, the Department of Education and the struggle to get divergent voices on the Supreme Court.” He continues: “There’s also the annihilation of the middle class and the poverty gap”.
Sadly, most of those points might not support Professor Terry’s rant.
With a handful of exceptions, those opposed to the Civil Rights Act were Democrats- Albert Gore, Senior comes to mind. And the Kennedy administration had suggested, upon reviewing earlier drafts of the legislation, that maybe some of the key points be “watered down at bit”.
As for the Department of Education, opposition to its creation in the Carter years should be considered a badge of honor. The DOE is second only to the other DOE (Department of Energy) as far as it’s uselessness. Can a case be made that the educational system in the US has taken a quantum leap in performance under its supervision?
Judging from test scores, that point would be hard to support.
As to opposing “divergent voices onto the Supreme Court”, Democrats have been played that game as well. I seem to remember Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and Alberto Gonzales (a wise Latino no less) being beaten up rather severely. And Justice Thomas continues to catch flak. After the affirmative action ruling was handed down lefties went insane. Among the more charming was this tweet- in caps of course-
IT AIN’ T NOTHING WORSE THAT TO B A ******* BOOTLICKER AND THAT IS WHO AND WHAT CLARENCE THOMAS IS A CORPORATE BOOTLICKER.
That eloquent opinion comes from one Rebecca Broughton @Missouricollege. So when Dr. Mendez suggests that perhaps Professor Terry had conveyed some provocative views to a “group of students that may not have been ready for them”, it would seem he’s missing the mark. At least if Rebecca Boughton @Missouricollege is any indicator.