An African-American college professor has posted an online diatribe referring to white people as “inhuman a–holes” and implying that a congressman who was shot on a baseball field earlier this month should have been left to die.
In fact, he seems to think the planet generally speaking would be better off without whites, and even posted a hashtag #LetThemF–kingDie,” along with a link to an article with that same title.
The man’s name is Johnny Eric Williams. He is a professor of sociology at Trinity College in Connecticut, and his rants were posted on Facebook. Apparently they have now been removed, although a website known as Campus Reform has published what appear to be screen shots of them.
One of them reads, “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.”
That post also contains the #LetThemF–kingDie” hashtag.
Another post reads, “I’m fed the f–k up with self identified ‘white’s’ daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual and racially oppressed people. The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”
The story broke on June 20, but it has received scant attention in the national media, and I wasn’t even aware of it until one of our readers, Ariadna, posted a comment about it.
Williams’ toxic fumings and the controversy they have generated have been covered by the Washington Times, and several blogs have been all over the story as well, but the only mention of it I have seen in a major media outlet with national distribution is a report in Time Magazine. The article there, written by Katie Reilly, gives a rather peculiar spin to the story, portraying Williams more or less as the victim.
“Trinity College Professor Flees State Amid Death Threats Over Inflammatory Social Media Posts,” reads the headline above the story, which includes the claim by Williams that the quotes attributed to him were “taken out of context.”
“I’m calling for the death of a system, white supremacy, not the death of white people,” he averred.
One of course wonders: had Williams referred to Jews as “inhuman a–holes” and posted a link to an article advocating “let them f–king die” in reference to Jews, might the editors at Time have handled the story in a slightly different manner?
The article linked to by Williams–which he apparently believes is a masterpiece of great philosophy–can be found here. The writer, identified only as “Son of Baldwin,” writes: “For centuries, black people have been regarded as sub-human workhorses whose entire purpose is to serve white people’s whimsies.” All of this is discussed in the context of the shooting of Steve Scalise, with “Son of Baldwin” bemoaning the fact that police and rescue workers, some of whom were black, did not allow the Louisiana congressman to die.
In addition to Time, NBC and the Washington Post have both now posted articles on the story. “Trinity College Professor Who Shared Controversial Article Says, ‘I am Sorry” reads the headline over the NBC posting. The Washington Post report focuses on the reaction by college officials, one of whom is quoted as saying the school had received “multiple threats in relation to social media posts.”
Again, both stories are rather neutral in tone, with little in the way of condemnation or rebuke of Williams for his racism against whites.