Prof: Trump's election an 'act of terrorism'
A Human Sexuality professor was caught on camera earlier this week calling the election of Donald Trump an “act of terrorism” and claiming that the election results mean that America “is back to being at civil war.”
Olga Perez Stable Cox, a professor at Orange Coast College, spent several minutes of class time telling her students that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” and that Vice-President elect Mike Pence “is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country," warning that their election represents an assault on American values.
“On almost every California College campus, thousands of students are held captive by bullying professors."
“Our nation is divided, we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism,” Cox declared. “We are way beyond Republicans and Democrats and we’re really being back to being at civil war—I don’t mean that in a fighting way, but our nation is divided as clearly as it was in Civil War times.”
“One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us,” Cox continued. “It is not some stranger from some other country coming and attacking our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for, and that makes it more painful because I’m sure that all of us have people in our families and our circle of friends that are part of that movement and it is very difficult.”
Cox then promises that she “will go over some coping skills," but first takes a moment to offer words of reassurance to those traumatized by the election result, saying, "I want you to know that...more of us voted to not have that kind of leadership, and we didn’t win because of the way our electoral college is set up, but we are the majority and that’s helping me to feel better.”
“The classroom is meant for education, not indoctrination," OCC College Republicans President Joshua Recalde-Martinez told Campus Reform. "Orange Coast College, being an institution that prides itself on diversity, inclusivity, and equity, has a professor now who made comments that go against all those principles, and didn't take some into account when she went into her tirade before the class.”
Recalde-Martinez also told Campus Reform that the club felt the need to share the video “so the country knows what's going on in our taxpayer funded classrooms.”
After the club made the video public, however, the Coast Federation of Educators, AFT Local 1911, took to Facebook to defend Professor Cox and rail against the student who recorded her tirade.
“As a human sexuality professor, Professor Cox encourages open discussions on challenging and provocative issues and topics. Unfortunately, rather than take the opportunity to openly discuss the issues that Professor Cox raised in her lecture, a student chose to secretly videotape the comments they disagreed with and publish them on the internet [sic],” the post read.
“It is unfortunate, as well as disappointing, that some students in our college community choose to behave in a manner that undermines our long, American traditions of academic freedom and open classroom discussion," the union continued. "Further, such behavior, like secret classroom recordings, violate the professor's course syllabus, the Coast Community College District Code of Student Conduct, and the California Educational Code, section 78907, which exist to provide a robust, learning environment for all students irrespective of their opinions."
In separate comments on Twitter, the union asserted that the video was “an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor," and threatened that "the student who is sitting in assigned seating will be identified and may be facing legal action.”
“On almost every California College campus, thousands of students are held captive by bullying professors," Shawn Steel, RNC National Committeeman and legal counsel for OCC College Republicans, told Campus Reform ruefully.
"These professors are generally far leftists who have tenured positions, whose primary purpose is to propagandize and shame their ideological foes,” he explained. “Long gone is the campus for open ideas with mutual respect—students are afraid of getting a bad grade or being humiliated or being removed from class, [and] this injury is further compounded [by the fact] that innocent hard-working taxpayers are forced to support these local tyrants. The irony is not lost on the left.”
Steel filed an official complaint on behalf of the OCC College Republicans to OCC President Harkins “over the actions, hate speech, and bullying tactics of Olga Perez Stable Cox.”
“Besides abusing her power as an authority figure and instructor, she wrongfully assumed all students were disappointed with the loss of Hillary Clinton. Moreover, she attacked those who supported Trump,” the letter states, noting that "several of her students were shocked by her behavior."
“The evidence from the video is clear. We demand that Orange Coast College immediately take steps to correct Ms. Cox’s behavior and to ensure such incidents are avoided in the future,” the letter concludes.
In a statement to Campus Reform, the OCC College Republicans remarked that, “the Federation of California Educators, AFT Local 1911 which prides itself on being ‘a union of professionals’ is fighting to suppress the video that was taken of Miss Cox showing her very unprofessional statements. The union has invoked both California Education Code and the Coast Community College District Student Code of Conduct in a public manner as a scare tactic to silence the student who shot the footage.”
The club then condemned the union for its evident “desire to hunt down the anonymous student to punish them for having caught the statements on video," observing that such threats are contrary to the values that liberals typically espouse.
“The OCC Republicans will seek to assure that our campus takes proper actions to rectify the incident and mitigate any future incidents such as this from occurring," the CRs added. "Orange Coast College is a diverse institution of higher education, and if professors and their unions cannot act in a way to assure inclusivity and equity, then it is up to us the students to do so, and so we shall."
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