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:
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.”