White Students Felt “Threatened” After Black Professor Shares An Article Titled, "Let Them F**king Die"
Trinity College was closed for some time after Johnny Eric Williams, the sociology professor, shared an article 'I’m Fed Up With Self-Identified White’s Daily Violence.'
Authorities at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, shut down the campus while police investigated a post made by a professor which some students called “threatening.” After Hartford Police Department and Trinity College Campus Safety Department looked into the posts made by Johnny Eric Williams, they determined the situation to be a "non-credible" threat.
On a website called Campus Reform, Williams’s Facebook comments were shared. In one post he wrote:
“I`m fed the [EXPLETIVE] 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 [EXPLETIVE] and end this now.”
Williams has been teaching at the college for more than 20 years, also shared an article called "Let Them F**king Die," regarding the Black Capitol Police officer who saved Congressman Steve Scalise and the congressman's history of bigotry. When the article was shared, several students on campus reportedly felt threatened and the post made its way to the college president. Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney released a letter regarding a conversation she had with Williams and the post.
"While Professor Williams did not write that article, he did share it on his personal social media accounts this week, and he did so with the use of a hashtag (#LetThem________Die) that connected directly to the inflammatory conclusion of that article. Professor Williams, who teaches about race and racism, shared the article on his personal Twitter account using that hashtag; he also shared it on his personal Facebook page.
The Dean of the Faculty will review this matter and advise me on whether college procedures or policies were broken. I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment. 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."
Williams also posted on his Facebook page about the issue and threats he has received as a result of him sharing an article. “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 F***ing Die.” 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.”
The Hartford Police Department concluded there was no immediate threat to campus, yet there will be an ongoing enhanced security presence on campus.
What do you think, was he really a threat or was it an overreaction?