A professor recently threatened to report white K-12 teachers who post on social media things that the scholar deems “pro-police anti-black rhetoric” to their administrators.
April Mustian, an incoming professor at Winthrop University who formerly taught at Illinois State University, posted April 26 on Facebook that she would take screenshots of such comments in an attempt to get educators she disagrees with fired, according to a screenshot of the post obtained by Young America’s Foundation.
“If you are a White K-12 teacher who teaches Black children, and you are on your FB posting pro-police anti-Black rhetoric, I hope and pray those are posts and beliefs you are willing to stand by in front of Black families you are support to also love and serve,” the professor wrote.
Mustian, who is white, did not elaborate on what she defines as “pro-police anti-Black rhetoric.”
She added: “I hope those are posts you are willing to stand by when district personnel get screenshots of your ignorance. This is a new day, folks. People are getting fired for being racist on social media. Don’t think you are above reproach, especially in this day and age when opportunities to unlearn racism and bias are at your fingertips.”
“And, if your first thought is to delete me because of this post, chances are I already have some screenshots.”
According to YAF, Mustian’s post was “flooded with comments of support” but she has since deleted her Facebook account.
A statement provided to YAF from Winthrop University stated Mustian is set to join the faculty in August, adding she “is not yet a Winthrop employee. As she is not currently our employee and the post is from her personal social media account, we have no other comment at this time.”
YAF’s Sara Zupkus opined that Mustian’s post “is another textbook example of the ‘tolerant’ Left at work in higher education.”
“Threatening to dox or attempt to get someone fired simply for supporting brave law enforcement is simply immature and ignorant. One can sadly only hope that Mustian, who will hold a position of power at Winthrop in the fall, will not hold her intolerant values against students who support the police.”
Mustian is a professor of special education. Her Twitter profile has been deleted, but a cached image of her bio stated in part she is “decolonizing myself & edu.”
During her time at Illinois State University she was active in several social justice causes.
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