- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A New York associate professor reportedly published an essay this month saying he considered kicking a homeless white boy in the face near a New York City subway.

Nicholas Powers, a contributor to RaceBaitr.com who also teaches English at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, wrote a piece on June 11 titled, “Seeing poor white people makes me happy,” according to archives shared by The College Fix.

In the piece, Mr. Powers described the “feels” he gets when he sees white people begging black people for food.

“Should I kick him in the face? Hard? No, chill, he’s not worth it. But why is this white boy begging for money in a Black neighborhood? Is he stupid?” Mr. Powers‘ essay began. “I shake the evil out of my head and go into the subway. He comes every Spring … I never give. I should tho ‘cause he makes me feel good.

“White people begging us for food feels like justice,” he wrote. “It feels like Afro-Futurism after America falls. It feels like a Black Nationalist wet dream. It has the feels I rarely feel, a hunger for historical vengeance satisfied so well I rub my belly.”



Mr. Powers said he did nothing when he witnessed three black men spitting on the boy and laughing at him one day. On a different day, he wrote that he was almost compelled to steal the boy’s food.

“I glanced at his blanket, shopping cart and books. Who is he? Why is he here? Where are his people?” Mr. Powers wrote. “I stopped myself. It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. life-coach again, saying, ‘Love your enemies! Get to know them as people.’ No Dr. King! Today I own my anger. I want to snatch his food and say, ‘Go beg in a white neighborhood!’ And eat it. And rub my belly. And laugh.”

The essay has since been deleted from Race Baitr’s website. Mr. Powers and SUNY administrators declined to comment when contacted by Campus Reform.

Other essays by Mr. Powers can still be found on RaceBaitr.com, including “Survivor’s guilt: Returning to your hood after getting an education just to find it gentrified,” and “How the ‘white voice’ becomes a poison.”

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