WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - It's not unusual for a college professor to speak his or her mind or have a blog. But some might say, Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNCW, may cross a line or two in his.
In his latest musings, Dr. Adams celebrates the take-over of the Republicans in Raleigh and Washington, as well as the resignation of Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. In fact, he's so excited, he says he's decided to apply for the job himself, then lists some of the changes he would enact if he got the job. It includes:
> Abolition of the African American Center. We had the segregation problem solved before the African American Center (I call it the “black lounge”) was built in the 1990s. Now, the few blacks we have on campus just sit around in the black lounge talking to other black people. The rest of the campus serves as a Caucasian American Center. So I plan to get rid of the black lounge and replace it with a bar. That way, if there is racial tension the offending party can invite the offended party to a “beer summit” on campus. If you think that’s a bad idea, I’m sorry. I got it from our multi-racial president.
> Abolition of the Watson School of Education. We need to do something to raise our SAT scores. Getting rid of education majors is the best way to do that. Last year I discovered that one of our education professors was teaching “black English” to white students. Next year, I plan to demolish his building to make room for a new football stadium. I plan to call the new team the UNC-Wilmington Wiggers in his honor.
> Abolition of the university police. Ever since the campus Dunkin’ Donuts opened the physical condition of our university police has declined dramatically. We should allow students to protect themselves by letting concealed weapon permits apply on campus. If reinforcements are needed, we can just call in the county sheriff.
A university spokeswoman says UNCW administrators are aware of Dr. Adams's blog and fully support his first amendment right to free speech, no matter how satirical or offensive it may be.
If you would like to read the whole blog to see what else Dr. Adams would do if he were president, click here: http://townhall.com/columnists/MikeAdams/2010/11/08/if_i_were_president/...
RESPONSE FROM UNCW:
Dr. Mike Adams is an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice who also pens a column with Townhall.org. The columns are his personal expressions and opinions on a variety of topics and subject matter. Those columns are not within the requested scope of Dr. Adam’s (sic) duties with the university, nor do they represent the views of this institution.
However, they are expressions and speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. States and their respective public institutions of higher education are charged with protecting the sanctity of that freedom and refraining from abridgment of or limits on free speech. Moreover, the protections of the First Amendment’s freedom of expression extend even to expressions that may be offensive to those reading or hearing the subject comments or content.
The university defends the rights of all individuals to express their opinions in the exercise of protected speech. Because we cannot place ourselves in the position of supporting only those speakers or writers who agree with our views, the defense of free expression must necessarily embrace the full spectrum of content, even speech offensive to the members of our university community and the general public. Please do not assume the university’s obligations and support of free expression equates to any degree of comfort with the fact that many readers of Dr. Adam’s (sic) columns are offended by his opinions and views.
The university is equally supportive of your right to express your disdain or condemnation of speech you find offensive and counterproductive to the values society should hold dear in the attainment of mutual respect, understanding and tolerance toward all individuals in our community.