Prof who hates Trump supporters to lecture on 'navigating hate'
- A Trinity University professor who tweeted a photo of a man making derogatory gestures in front of Trump Tower is set to lecture on “navigating hate and xenophobia in modern America.”
- Religion professor Simran Jeet Singh has repeatedly posted comments denigrating Trump and Republican voters, prompting some to remark on the irony of his lecture topic.
A Trinity University professor who tweeted a photo of a man making derogatory gestures in front of Trump Tower is set to lecture on “navigating hate and xenophobia in modern America.”
According to the event description posted on social media, assistant professor of religion Simran Jeet Singh will speak at the webinar hosted by the Trinity University Alumni Association on August 3, having been selected based on his “role as a leader in the national conversation on Islamophobia, racial profiling, and hate violence.”
Singh, however, has previously made a number of controversial and disparaging remarks directed at President Trump and his supporters.
On November 8, 2016, for instance, the religion professor tweeted a photograph of a man making two middle-finger gestures in front of Trump’s New York City residence with the caption, “current mood of all minorities, women, and immigrants.”
The following day, Singh took another swing at the president-elect by claiming that his supporters “tacitly condone racism.”
“Let’s be clear. All Trump supporters are not racists. But all Trump supporters tacitly condone racism. The difference is marginal,” he said.
In late January, Singh also blasted Trump for his position on terrorism, telling the president to “kiss all of our asses.”
“Mr. Trump, Your daily reminder that we despise your bigotry and stand with our Muslim sisters and brothers,” the professor tweeted. “You can kiss all of our asses.”
Jonah Wendt, the vice chair of the Texas Federation of College Republicans and editor in chief of a conservative student newspaper on campus, The Wendt, said that while he does not question “Dr. Singh's ability to lecture on the topic,” he does find the scheduled webinar ironic.
"The irony of a professor, who [on Election Day] posted a picture flipping double middle fingers outside of Trump Tower, should not be lost on viewers of his lecture on ‘Navigating Hate and Xenophobia in Modern America,’” he said in a statement to Campus Reform.
Singh did not respond to emails from Campus Reform requesting comment on this story.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Trinity University provided the following statement to Campus Reform:
"Professor Singh is an award winning professor. He's been given a number of awards for the work that he is doing to end racism and Islamophobia in the world. He has been the focus of a lot of hate and a lot of racist remarks and comments and we've not had any complaints from our students about professor Singh and the other things that he's been doing on our campus."
UPDATE 2: This article has been revised to remove assertions that Singh is the man photographed in front of Trump Tower after Singh disputed the identification in social media posts. He still has not responded to Campus Reform's original inquiry.
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