Auburn professor triggers freedom of speech over feedback towards the police
2020 08 26 05 USA meme opening letter Auburn instructor Jesse Goldberg has sparked a firestorm over social media posts that include police sentiments and other controversial comments. The recently recruited academic attracted critics when, after being hired, he refused to use the school's rallying cry "War" for including "War". That was mild, however, compared to later postings addressed to the police or stating, "Wait for M-Fers to find out I'm queer and teach in damned paragraphs too. They get angrier." I do not believe that Goldberg University should punish Goldberg for his political and social statements outside of school. We recently discussed such protection for a Texas A&M professor who posted anti-Trump comments.
Goldberg has been criticized for tweets proclaim "Fuck every single cop. Every single one “used in response to the protests in Portland and "ACAB", the abbreviation for "All Cops are Bastards".
As we discussed earlier (with a professor in Oregon and a Rutgers professor), an uncertain line remains about which language is protected for teachers in their personal lives, according to a conservative North Carolina professor who has been called on to quit over controversial tweets pushed into retirement. Adams (right) later committed suicide.
There was also controversy at the University of California and Boston University, where there was criticism of such double standards, even in the face of criminal behavior. There was also one such incident at the University of London involving Bahar Mustafa as well as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Some intolerant statements against students are considered free speech while others are considered hate speech or the basis for university action. There is a lack of coherence or consistency in these policies, which involve the specific groups hurt by out-of-school comments. There is also a tolerance of faculties and students who tear off leaflets and stop conservative speech. In fact, even the faculty that attacked lawyers for life was endorsed by the faculty and hailed for its activism.
In this case, Auburn President Jay Gogue rightly affirmed that Goldberg's remarks are constitutionally protected. However, Gogue noted that the university had "agreed to Dr. Goldberg's request to move his role to a research-based assignment."
This led to an objection by two dozen colleagues against Goldberg's treatment in a letter dated August 28.
The letter rightly raises concerns about Goldberg's change of status from lecturer to researcher. However, the professors then use their letter to attack another professor who has expressed conflicting views on transgender issues. However, as stated in the letter, there is legitimate concern as to whether “Dr. Goldberg of his teaching duties set a disturbing precedent because of his public policy, in which people outside the academy can influence how and what we teach. ”
It is encouraging to see that the university supports this professor's freedom of speech, and I hope that his colleagues will equally support professors who speak in the opposite direction or in conflict on the same subjects.