University investigating instructor for asking students whether ‘any good’ came from slavery

University investigating instructor for asking students whether ‘any good’ came from slavery
St. John's University (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

[Ed. – In this political climate, asking the question this man did carries the same dangers as sticking your finger into a light socket — except that the end-result of sticking your finger in a light socket isn’t as painful.]

St. John’s University has launched a probe into one of its history professors after he allegedly asked one of his classes if “there was good” to come from slavery.

A group calling itself the Radical Social Justice Warriors at St. John’s accused Professor Richard Taylor of using “disgusting rhetoric” and demanded his dismissal.

“Richard Taylor, an adjunct instructor, has been removed from the classroom and the matter is under investigation,” St. John’s University spokesman Brian Browne said.

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Farudh Majid, a masters student at SJU studying government and politics, explained that the group that accused Taylor is called The Radicals, which is a non-university related student organization that worked on the letter collectively, but other members did not want their names used out fears of retribution from the school’s administration. The Radical’s mission is to battle systematic injustice on campus.

“We crafted the letter and posted it on Instagram and before long there were 1,000 likes and more than 2,000 shares,” Majid said.

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