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Trinity Professor Calls Whites 'Inhuman' After GOP Shooting

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Sen. Steve Scalise, R-La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 04:31 PM

An African-American college professor posted racially charged messages on Facebook after the horrific shooting of Sen. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others, calling white people "inhuman" and blasting the "white supremacy system."

He also linked to a profane hashtag that appeared to endorse the idea first responders to the attack should have let Scalise and others die because they are white, the education watchdog CampusReform.org reported.

The incendiary posts fired off Sunday by Johnny Eric Williams led to the temporary closing of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he works as an associate professor of sociology.

"It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be 'white' will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system," Williams wrote, according to Campus Reform.org.

He added he was fed up "with self-identified 'white's' [sic] daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim [sic], and sexual [sic] and racially oppressed people."

The website said Williams also said the "time is now to confront these inhuman a–holes and end this now."

He reportedly later fled the campus after receiving death threats.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said in a letter to students she does "not condone hate speech or calls to incite violence."

"I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment," she said. "No matter its intent, it goes against our fundamental values as an institution, and I believe its effect is to close minds rather than open them.

"This incident has caused distress on our campus and beyond; threats of violence have been directed to Professor Williams and to our campus community, neither of which is an acceptable response."

The school, shut down Wednesday after receiving threats, reopened Thursday.

In a statement to NBC Connecticut, Williams, who said he also received threats, insisted he was trying to spark dialogue about racial issues.

"It is evident to anyone who carefully reads my posts on Facebook and Twitter that I did not call for the death of all self-identified 'whites.' I merely attached the hashtag to my post derived from a blog article written by Son of Baldwin entitled 'Let Them All –––– Die,'" he wrote.

"This was an admittedly provocative move to get readers to pay attention to my reasoned, reasonable, and yes angry argument. . . . I posted my comments on social media to draw the attention of the readers to the current dire state of white supremacy in the nation."

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An African-American college professor posted racially charged messages on Facebook after the horrific shooting of Sen. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others, calling white people "inhuman" and blasting the "white supremacy system."
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