At universities all across America, conservative students have their beliefs and opinions suppressed and denigrated by faculty and students alike. However in the fall of 2013, one professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara took things a little too far when he threatened conservative students.
Alice Gilbert, a conservative student at the university, had signed up for the class titled “The Obama Phenomenon” to get a look at the President from a differing perspective. Unfortunately for her the man who taught the class, Otis Madison, wasn’t too tolerant of her conservative beliefs and made it very apparent.
It wasn’t too long into the class when Madison said to the students “Ted Cruz-supporting ‘teabaggers’ to get the hell out of his classroom before he sent them home to their mother in a body bag,” which caused Gilbert to immediately drop the class.
She never told the administrators, even though she was highly uncomfortable with the professor’s hateful and potentially threatening remarks.
“He did not target me by name, so I did not feel that there was a lot the school could do based on a student just being offended by something said in class,” the statewide College Republican Leader said.
The description of the course reads that:
“[The course] examines the historical, cultural and political nature of the Obama phenomenon. Given the historical nexus of race and class in the United States, the course will explore the historical implications of the election.”
The professor tried to spin what he said in order to cover his tracks, however when a further look is taken at the course description it’s apparent he truly holds those beliefs.
Madison told The College Fix:
“No. I said that any conservative ideas were welcome but they had to be academic ideas. That tea party non sense like “Obama is a Nazi, Communist, Muslin elitist would not be tolerated and that I would destroy those concepts. You cannot be a Nazi, a communist, a Muslim, and an elitist at the same time. These are philosophically contradictory concepts. If on the other hand you wanted to discuss Obama’s politics that would be welcome. I said, for example, that there is very little difference between Obama and George Bush as it relates to the recovery from the recession. Both moved in the direction of TARP.
Thus, people who wanted to argue the above nonsense should take another class or tune in to the Fox news bobble.”
Yet in his own words he shows his hatred towards conservatives and bases a portion of his course around the “racist reaction to a Black man being President. This is where the Tea Party racism and the Birther movement racism is considered.”
Gilbert’s story is a part of a national social media campaign called #MyLiberalCampus, where students from across the nation speak out about the denigration and disregarding of their conservative beliefs on college campuses. So far over 350,000 students have told their own stories of oppression.