A Trinity College professor is in hot water after tweeting “whiteness is terrorism.”
Professor of Sociology Johnny Eric Williams followed that tweet with another saying, “all self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and collude with systematic white racism/white supremacy.”
The professor has since made his account private but the tweets can be seen on The Hartford Courant.
Williams also called out former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama. According to the Hartford Courant, he said, “I’m referring to [Turning Point USA leader Candace Owens’] other and less brazen but more insidious dangerous ‘white’ kneegrows like Barry and Michelle Obama and many other white kneegrows you encounter daily.”
Campus Reform spoke with a member of the Trinity College Republicans regarding the professor, his most recent comments, and his past.
“Everyone really questions, even liberals, why is he still here?” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “I think that’s kind of a question a lot of people are asking is, he advocated for white genocide, why is he still here?”
The College Republicans member said students are generally apathetic at the college, but that Williams has changed that.
“I think if you ask anyone on campus that is not as radical as he is, they will be like ‘he needs to go,’ which is interesting because at Trinity College, most students are pretty apathetic toward really everything, so to have such a high defensive that an individual needs to go, that really says something.”
According to the student, who said they have taken a class with the professor before, Professor Williams is known for failing students for no reason and requiring students to sign a waiver stating they may not discuss or email about what is said in class.
“He tells students all the time [that] he doesn’t care about their grades, he’ll fail students just to fail students,” the College Republicans member said. “Most students, even students of color, do not like Professor Williams. I’ve talked to many students that either have him or have had him. He’s a terrible professor. He makes students sign a waiver as they take his class where they’re not allowed to send emails, they’re not allowed to talk about what he says in class because he knows what he says will get him in trouble.”
The source told Campus Reform that the professor has a right to say what he wants under free speech, but as a professor and representative of the college, he should be professional. According to the student, though, Williams’ rhetoric is far from that.
“His behavior is horrible and that needs to be checked by the administration.”
“Trinity College supports academic freedom and free expression and inquiry, which are hallmarks of academia and democratic society,” Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney told Campus Reform. “When speech proves controversial, our responsibility as educators is to promote more debate and discussion, not less. Twitter is a challenging place for a thoughtful discourse, which is clear from this example.”
The student who spoke with Campus Reform, however, says there is more to it than free speech, saying that the administration is either afraid of the professor or agrees with what he says.
“It’s either you’re so terrified of the vocal minority that just screams, that you’re so terrified of that that you don’t know what to do, or you actually agree with them and you want to keep these opinions being heard,” the College Republicans member told Campus Reform.
As Campus Reform previously reported, Williams was placed on leave in 2017 after posting on Facebook that whites were “inhuman assholes” and suggesting that first responders to the congressional baseball shooting should have “#LetThemF*ckingDie.”
Williams did not return a request for comment in time for publication.