- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams has been placed on leave “effective immediately” for racial comments he made after the June 14 shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

Assertions by Mr. Williams on social media that white people are “inhuman a—holes” who should “die” garnered national headlines last week for Connecticut’s Trinity College.

The school was initially quiet on the June 18 posts by its associate professor of sociology, first noted June 20 on Campus Reform. The school released a statement June 21 as Fox News Channel, the Blaze, and other news outlets began picking up the story.

A second statement was released Monday.

“I write to inform you that Professor Johnny Williams has been placed on leave, effectively immediately. We’ve determined that a leave is in the best interest of both Professor Williams and the college. The review by the Dean of the Faculty of the events concerning Professor Williams will continue,” Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said Monday.

Mr. Williams also shared an op-ed by an anonymous writer called “Son of Baldwin,” which encouraged minorities to ignore white people in emergency rooms and burning buildings.

“As scholars and citizens, and as individuals and as a community of higher learning, our roles in and relationship to social media and the public sphere are complicated,” Ms. Berger-Sweeney’s statement continued. “We must be able to engage in conversations about these difficult and complex issues, and Trinity College and other places like it are precisely where such conversations should occur. I, for one, welcome them.”

Update: Trinity College contacted The Washington Times and requested a mention of its first statement released June 21.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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