Trinity College Closes After Black Professor Posts 'I’m Fed Up With Self-Identified White’s Daily Violence'

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Trinity College Closes After Black Professor Posts 'I’m Fed Up With Self-Identified White’s Daily Violence'

White students of the school felt "threatened" when Johnny Eric Williams shared an article titled, "Let Them F**king Die."

Published June 22, 2017

Authorities at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, shut down the campus while police investigated a post made by a professor which some students called “threatening.”

After Hartford Police Department and Trinity College Campus Safety Department looked into the posts made by Johnny Eric Williams, they determined the situation to be a "non-credible" threat, reported FOX61.

On a website called Campus Reform, Williams’s Facebook comments were shared.

In one post on Monday he wrote:

“I`m fed the [EXPLETIVE] up with self-identified `white`s` daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual and racially oppressed people. The time is now to confront these inhuman [EXPLETIVE] and end this now.”

Williams, a sociology professor who has been teaching at the college for more than 20 years, also shared an article called "Let Them F**king Die," regarding the Black Capitol Police officer who saved Congressman Steve Scalise and the congressman's history of bigotry.

When the article was shared, several students on campus reportedly felt threatened and the post made its way to the college president.

Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney released a letter on Wednesday regarding a conversation she had with Williams and the post.

"While Professor Williams did not write that article, he did share it on his personal social media accounts this week, and he did so with the use of a hashtag that connected directly to the inflammatory conclusion of that article. Professor Williams, who teaches about race and racism, shared the article on his personal Twitter account using that hashtag; he also shared it on his personal Facebook page.

The Dean of the Faculty will review this matter and advise me on whether college procedures or policies were broken. I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment. No matter its intent, it goes against our fundamental values as an institution, and I believe its effect is to close minds rather than open them. "

Williams also posted on his Facebook page about the issue and threats he has received as a result of him sharing an article. 

The Hartford Police Department concluded there is no immediate threat to campus, yet there will be an ongoing enhanced security presence on campus.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Trinity College via Instagram)


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