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‘Homophobic,’ ‘dumb’ ‘racist’: Michigan Tech professor rants about YAF event

Calls Berlin Wall display ‘childish’ and ‘stupid’

A Michigan Technological University professor recently ranted about a mock Berlin Wall display set up by the campus Young Americans for Freedom chapter.

YAF set up the display last week to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the fall of the wall. A leftist student spraypainted and tore down the display, as recently reported by The College Fix. The mock wall drew a similarly strong reaction from Professor Carl Blair.

“For those of you who weren’t aware of it [the wall], good. For those of you who were aware of it, it was childish, stupid, homophobic, dumb, racist twits. That’s the polite version,” Professor Blair said.

“We’re going to try to minimize, the vice president of student affairs and the dean of students have their own plans in part, we in the [faculty] senate are going to minimize our response, because there are, quite bluntly, certain faculty members who are hoping…the students will be censored for this,” Blair said.

He teaches history and anthropology at the public university in Michigan and is on the faculty senate.

He said some faculty want this because then the students can say “Oh we’re victims, you’re restricting our, you know, freedom of speech, we should have, we have a Constitutional right to be insulting, violent and threatening. How dare you restrict our speech?” Blair said.

“Strictly speaking, they’re right. They didn’t target a single student, just groups. It was wrong, it was tacky, it’s not illegal, what they did,” he said.

“Stupid, uncollegial, really bad taste, and it shows what a bunch of ying yangs they are. You know, it’s too bad you all have to deal with things like that. Wasted half my morning dealing with things like that. It’s annoying,” he said.

“That’s not what college should be about. You know, it should be a place where you could learn, experience, do interesting things, have interesting opportunities – hint, hint, study away – uh, rather than wasting your time and having to address idiots,” Blair said. “They’re idiots out there. Sorry, that’s life.”

He reportedly did not regret his words. “I stand by my words and I have nothing else to say to you,” Blair told YAF’s blog, before “slamming the phone.”

His comments about the event are in opposition to a prior statement he made about supporting “diverse perspectives” and “collegiality.”

Blair, soon after the 2016 presidential election, signed onto a letter that stated the professors supported a “culture of collegiality, safety, support, and openness across diverse perspectives, traditions, and identities.”

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.