This one practically writes itself, but maybe that’s because the Huffington Post already captured the most salient details in its own take, which — it is worth noting — is remarkably fair-minded. (Maybe the election has brought about real change.)
At issue is a lecture delivered on Dec. 6 by Olga Perez Stable Cox, an instructor in the psychology department at Orange Coast College, a community college in Costa Mesa, Calif. In her remarks, Cox calls the election of Donald Trump an “act of terrorism.” It would be interesting to hear Cox’s defense of that claim, especially as someone who teaches the science of mind, but when the HuffPo asked her for a clarification, she wrote back that she doesn’t “have time right now.”
Here is a video of the money portion of Cox’s comments, recorded, evidently surreptitiously, by a student in the classroom. The transcript follows:
…white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country. And so we are in for a difficult time but again I do believe that we can get past that. Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism. One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us. It is not some stranger from some other country coming and attacking our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for and that makes it more painful because I’m sure that all of us have people in our families and our circle of friends that are part of that movement and it is very difficult — we are way beyond Republicans and Democrats and we’re really being back to being at civil war — I don’t mean that in a fighting way but our nation is divided as clearly as it was in Civil War times. And my hope is we will get leadership to help overcome that. I will go over some coping skills but before I do that I want you to know that the optimist in me, first of all, we are the majority, more of us voted to not have that kind of leadership, and we didn’t win because of the way our electoral college is set up but we are the majority and that’s helping me to feel better. I’m relieved that we live in California it is one of the best states and I love that and I love living here but I’m especially proud of our legislature who did put out a message — one of the things I’m doing to cope is to look for positive messages and look for some hope that’s the optimist in me-and California legislative leaders did put something … and these are things you can find….
The HuffPo author, Chris Epting, reached out to a student who is president of the Orange Coast College Republicans, who said:
The video, shot during a class on human sexuality[!], was submitted anonymously to us and we wanted to share it to raise awareness on this issue. We want other students to know that we will help protect them against the constant leftist indoctrination we are experiencing in class by exposing behavior like this.
A lawyer representing the OCC Republicans sent a letter to the school’s president, Dennis Harkins, expressing concerns over what he termed the teacher’s “hate speech” and “bullying tactics.”
Whether Harkins intends to take action against Cox remains to be seen.
But the story doesn’t end here. The Coast Federation of Educators, a teachers union, has threatened action against the unnamed student who shot the video. The organization posted the following on its Facebook page: