- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Anti-white Facebook posts by Trinity College sociology professor Johnny Eric Williams in June lost the institution at least 16 students and $200,000 in donations.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney sent a letter to school community members on Monday that detailed financial losses attributable to a Mr. Williams’ racial tirade. He attracted national media attention after calling white people “inhuman a-holes” who need to “die” just days after a gunman critically wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and targeted other Republican lawmakers for assassination.

“We can and will recover from the financial cost of this incident; the work before us now is to heal as a community,” Ms. Berger-Sweeney wrote, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

The official said that she was “disappointed” in the wake of decisions by angry donors and former students, but offered respect “and hope that those individuals ultimately will see that there continue to be many good reasons to invest in Trinity.”

“If you see [white people] drowning. If you see them in a burning building. If they are bleeding out in an emergency room. If the ground is crumbling beneath them. If they are in a park and they turn their weapons on each other: do nothing,” a June 16 article by “Son of Baldwin” says. “Let. Them. F-ing. Die. And smile a bit when you do,” an article shared on the professor’s Facebook page on June 18 said.

Mr. Williams was placed on leave after the scandal broke, but a report issued July 14 reinstated him and paved the way for a January 2018 return to the classroom.

Ms. Berger-Sweeny said the school still plans to meets its enrollment targets for the year. Overall donations at Trinity College are also up 28 percent over the previous year, the newspaper reported.

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