The nation’s largest group of college professors has placed the University of Missouri (MU) on an academic censure list over its decision to fire Melissa Click for attacking a student journalist. The group claims that despite her egregious behavior, Click is also a martyr for academic freedom.
Click won national attention and derision last November when she came out to support students who were protesting and celebrating the downfall of college president Tim Wolfe, who was forced to resign after black players on the football team went on strike. When a student journalist attempted to cover the public protests, Click attacked him, said he needed to leave, and called for “some muscle” to remove him when he defended his right to be there. More.
Reality check: It’s not egregious for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which represents over 47,000 college professors on over 500 campuses. They’d be happy to exchange the role of developers of new ideas to that of censors of ideas. It’s so much easier for dull and vindictive people.
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