I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

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I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

Some Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity alumni have called for me to face dis­ci­pli­nary charges because I wrote about a group of black female teenagers on cam­pus who harassed me, threat­ened me, and spat on me.

In a let­ter to the stu­dent news­pa­per, the alumni defended the anti-​Semitic com­ments of Marc Lam­ont Hill, prais­ing his analy­sis while dis­parag­ing mine.

Here is the let­ter: https://​tem​ple​-news​.com/​l​e​t​t​e​r​-​a​l​u​m​n​i​-​l​e​t​t​e​r​-​i​n​-​s​u​p​p​o​r​t​-​o​f​-​m​a​r​c​-​l​a​m​o​n​t​-​hill/

In a col­umn I wrote last year, I described how a group of teenagers had stolen soft drinks from a Chi­nese take­out on Temple’s cam­pus. I grabbed the back­pack of one of the young women and held her until police arrived. But the store didn’t want to press charges, and I let her go. She and her friends blocked my exit from the busi­ness, but I dis­patched them quickly with a mar­tial arts demon­stra­tion. In the col­umn, I lamented the Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity pol­icy that pre­vented any­one from car­ry­ing weapons. I wrote a sec­ond col­umn when a detec­tive informed me I could be fired if I car­ried a weapon on campus.

Here are the columns I wrote:

https://​word​press​.com/​p​o​s​t​/​d​a​t​e​c​h​g​u​y​b​l​o​g​.​c​o​m​/​109528
https://​word​press​.com/​p​o​s​t​/​d​a​t​e​c​h​g​u​y​b​l​o​g​.​c​o​m​/​110165

Some­how these columns became a cause célèbre for the social jus­tice war­riors who defend Hill. They describe him as hav­ing “con­tin­u­ally proven his com­mit­ment to jus­tice and equal rights for every­one through his schol­ar­ship and activism. For years, Dr. Hill has ded­i­cated his life to jus­tice and free­dom for all oppressed peo­ple and has stood strongly against hatred, vio­lence, and racism. Hill is a Philadel­phia native, who actively seeks to con­nect the Tem­ple com­mu­nity to the every­day peo­ple of the city. But he goes one step fur­ther – he con­nects the cause for racial jus­tice in Amer­ica to the strug­gle of Pales­tini­ans fac­ing the loss of their homes over­seas. It is for this that he is being pun­ished, not for false alle­ga­tions of anti-​Semitism.”

Alter­na­tively, I am “anti-​black” in the eyes of the let­ter writ­ers. “We ques­tion Temple’s com­mit­ment to con­demn ‘racist, or incen­di­ary lan­guage, hate speech, calls to vio­lence, and the dis­par­age­ment of any per­son or per­sons based on reli­gion, nation­al­ity, race, gen­der, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, or iden­tity,” the group stated, com­par­ing the inac­tion against me akin to the university’s inac­tion against Bill Cosby.

It amazes me how quickly the left can spew forth hatred and aban­don any sem­blance of crit­i­cal think­ing – some­thing I see the let­ter writ­ers failed to mas­ter dur­ing their time at Temple.

I rec­og­nize only one name on the list of those who signed the letter.

I don’t intend to defend myself against these base­less charges. It is impos­si­ble to untan­gle such twisted logic, par­tic­u­larly when the group failed to do a bit of research. Had they done so, they would have dis­cov­ered that I cre­ated a news web­site for under­served com­mu­ni­ties and received an award for teach­ing diver­sity in the classroom.

At least one response to the let­ter writ­ers got it right: “Tem­ple News has a respon­si­bil­ity to at least acknowl­edge that 3,803 peo­ple includ­ing alumni, donors, and stu­dents have signed an online peti­tion denounc­ing Hill.”

Some Temple University alumni have called for me to face disciplinary charges because I wrote about a group of black female teenagers on campus who harassed me, threatened me, and spat on me.

In a letter to the student newspaper, the alumni defended the anti-Semitic comments of Marc Lamont Hill, praising his analysis while disparaging mine.

Here is the letter: https://temple-news.com/letter-alumni-letter-in-support-of-marc-lamont-hill/

In a column I wrote last year, I described how a group of teenagers had stolen soft drinks from a Chinese takeout on Temple’s campus. I grabbed the backpack of one of the young women and held her until police arrived. But the store didn’t want to press charges, and I let her go. She and her friends blocked my exit from the business, but I dispatched them quickly with a martial arts demonstration. In the column, I lamented the Temple University policy that prevented anyone from carrying weapons. I wrote a second column when a detective informed me I could be fired if I carried a weapon on campus.

Here are the columns I wrote:

https://wordpress.com/post/datechguyblog.com/109528
https://wordpress.com/post/datechguyblog.com/110165

Somehow these columns became a cause célèbre for the social justice warriors who defend Hill. They describe him as having “continually proven his commitment to justice and equal rights for everyone through his scholarship and activism. For years, Dr. Hill has dedicated his life to justice and freedom for all oppressed people and has stood strongly against hatred, violence, and racism. Hill is a Philadelphia native, who actively seeks to connect the Temple community to the everyday people of the city. But he goes one step further – he connects the cause for racial justice in America to the struggle of Palestinians facing the loss of their homes overseas. It is for this that he is being punished, not for false allegations of anti-Semitism.”

Alternatively, I am “anti-black” in the eyes of the letter writers. “We question Temple’s commitment to condemn ‘racist, or incendiary language, hate speech, calls to violence, and the disparagement of any person or persons based on religion, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, or identity,” the group stated, comparing the inaction against me akin to the university’s inaction against Bill Cosby.

It amazes me how quickly the left can spew forth hatred and abandon any semblance of critical thinking–something I see the letter writers failed to master during their time at Temple.

I recognize only one name on the list of those who signed the letter.

I don’t intend to defend myself against these baseless charges. It is impossible to untangle such twisted logic, particularly when the group failed to do a bit of research. Had they done so, they would have discovered that I created a news website for underserved communities and received an award for teaching diversity in the classroom.

At least one response to the letter writers got it right: “Temple News has a responsibility to at least acknowledge that 3,803 people including alumni, donors, and students have signed an online petition denouncing Hill.”