What does it say about a university when its standards are below those of CNN? On Thursday, the cable network announced that far-left commentator Marc Lamont Hill was “no longer under contract” following a speech he delivered the day before at the U.N. in which he effectively called for the elimination of Israel.
His comments sparked an immediate backlash, with many noting “from the river to the sea” [a phrase that appeared in the speech] is … used by Hamas and other anti-Israel terror groups. The phrase implies the replacement of Israel by a Palestine stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. …
Hill is known for his foolish and/or incendiary comments. When an Oklahoma woman was beheaded in 2014 by a coworker who had converted to Islam, Hill wrote off the obvious religious basis for the attack, declaring that “people behead for all sorts of reasons.” In 2017, after President Donald Trump met with blacks in the entertainment industry, Hill dismissed them as “a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people.”
But his latest shenanigan appears to have been too much even for a network as left-biased as CNN.
It was not, however, sufficient grounds for his dismissal by Temple University, where Hill teaches media studies and urban education. Fox News quotes a Temple spokesperson as saying:
Marc Lamont Hill has been quoted extensively over the last 24 hours. Marc Lamont Hill does not represent Temple University and his views are his own. However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.
Just as people behead for all sorts of reasons, I maintain that universities make curious employment decisions for all sorts of reasons. One possible reason Temple may have for its decision not to can Hill is that he is black coupled with the sense that the university’s exudes a black “vibe.” From the youth news site The Tab:
Temple University, although not officially an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) has black presence that exists as an enclave of black excellence, despite the fact that the University itself is predominantly white.
Temple’s black presence is highly important as it exists in one of the largest black communities in the United States. The students of black collegiate community not only represent Philadelphia, but also places across the United States, South America, Europe, and Africa. Its beautiful to see this much diversity especially under one particular race. There is no doubt we rock, we slay, and we are #TempleMade.
Then again, Temple is ranked as one of the top 60 schools in the nation in terms of Jewish population. Could we about to see the stuff hit the fan?