- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2017

The Claremont Colleges are looking for a new Queer Resources Center director after tweets disparaging white people and the police were uncovered just one month into the newly appointed director’s tenure.

Jonathan Higgins was tapped to head the LGBTQ center at the Claremont Colleges in June, but on Saturday a dean at Pomona College said the search for a new director had been reopened.

In one tweet from April 16, first reported by The College Fix, Mr. Higgins responded to the question, “Who are you automatically wary of/keep at a distance because of your past experiences?”

“White gays and well meaning white women,” he said.

In a tweet from Dec. 22, Mr. Higgins said the police “are meant to service and protect white supremacy.”

And in a since-deleted tweet on Heterosexual Pride Day, Mr. Higgins said he was surprised there were no “parades celebrating rape culture, homophobia and transphobia.”

“Oh wait: y’all do that everyday…..” he wrote in another tweet on June 29, which was archived by The College Fix.

Pomona College is one of five Claremont Colleges that make up the consortium in southern California.

Jan Collins-Eaglin, associate dean of students for personal success and wellness at Pomona College, sent an email to students Saturday announcing the search for a new director.

“I am writing today to let you know that we have reopened the national search for the Director of the Queer Resource Center. Our priorities for the QRC remain the same — to maintain in a seamless fashion the robust services of the Center, including its ability to provide direct support to students, expertise in workshops and trainings, and an inclusive space focused on student success and support, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and community,” Ms. Collins-Eaglin wrote in the email, the Claremont Independent reported.

On Friday, The College Fix spoke to gay and transgender students at the Claremont Colleges who said they were offended by Mr. Higgins’ tweets.

One white, gay student expressed concern about receiving equal treatment from Mr. Higgins.

Another gay student said his family is “heavily involved in law enforcement” and would “only ever be seen as enforces of white supremacy in Higgins’ eyes with myself as an enabler.”

And a transgender student, who only “through a long, difficult journey” came to identify as heterosexual, said the tweets go against what the LGBTQ center stands for.

“Based on his statements on social media, it is clear that Dr. Higgins associates heterosexuality with only negative causes and that he thinks to be openly proud of one’s heterosexuality, as I am, is to ‘celebrate rape culture, homophobia and transphobia … everyday,’” the student said. “His statements demean my efforts and are uncharacteristic of both my experiences with the QRC and the center’s own mission statement.”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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