Johnny Eric Williams, the Trinity College Professor who posted grotesque, anti-white statements on his Facebook page earlier this summer, has been reinstated while causing the university much turmoil in the process.
“It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemF-ingDie” is just one of the comments that Johnny Eric Williams posted to his Facebook page, just four days after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican Congressmen practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.
Williams also shared an article fromÂ Medium to his Facebook page titled “Let Them F-ing Die” which instructs readers, “If you see them [white people] drowning. If you see them in a burning building. If they are bleeding out in an emergency room. If the ground is crumbling beneath them. If they are in a park and they turn their weapons on each other: do nothing.”
Trinity College responded six days later to the matter by placing Williams on leave, but much has happened since then.
President of Trinity College Joanne Berger Sweeney said that 16 students admitted and committed for the class of 2021 withdrew from the school. They also took a financial hit, upwards of $200,000 in donations, directly due to Williams’ racially charged Facebook posts.
In a letter sent to students and faculty at Trinity, Berger Sweeney state,d “We can and will recover from the financial cost of this incident; the work before us now is to heal as a community.”
Berger Sweeney also called for a more broadened debate on free speech, academic freedom, race, and politics when school resumes in August.
Despite all the chaos, a 31-pageÂ report issued July 14th by Trinity College reinstated Professor Johnny Eric Williams and cleared him of any wrongdoing. The report concluded that “Professor Johnny E. Williams Facebook posts of June 18th, 2017 constitute Â ‘extramural utterances’ that are protected exercises of academic freedom under Trinity College policy. His statements are not true threats or fighting words, they do not violate the law, and they do not threaten violence against specific individuals or more generally advocate violence.”
Perhaps just as the dust settles, Professor Williams is to return to Trinity and will continue teaching in January of 2018.