Are you wondering why I used the above title?
Read the following excerpt from Eric Owens’ article at dailycaller.com, and you won’t wonder any more:
A sociology professor at the University of Tampa published a tweet on Sunday afternoon suggesting that Texas residents deserve the death, destruction and suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey because a majority of Texas voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
The professor is Kenneth L. Storey, reports Campus Reform.
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them,” Storey wrote in one tweet.
When another Twitter user responded that Texas is home to “good people” and that Storey “may want to rethink” the tweet, Storey doubled down.
“Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there,” Storey wrote.
The professor also declared that Florida residents who voted for Trump “deserve” the suffering visited upon Texas by Hurricane Harvey this weekend.
Translation: if you voted Republican you deserve to have your lives devastated.
How proud the University of Tampa must be to have kenneth l. storey on its faculty.
Further on in the article, it is noted that storey – due, I would hope, to a belated use of his cerebrum and not just the severely negative backlash he probably received – deleted his tweets and apologized.
But that’s not good enough. He put them up there, didn’t he? That’s the way he thinks, isn’t it?
The fact that he was shamed into taking down this example of what he thinks doesn’t mean storey feels any differently. Is this the kind of political lean he brings to his classes? How do students who express disagreement with him make out in the grade department?
Put another way, why is this man still on the University of Tampa faculty at all?
UPDATE: In answer to the question I ended with….
I am happy to report that the University of Tampa has canned kenneth l. storey for those tweets. You can read all about it here.
Let’s hope this does not turn out to be an isolated incident. Let’s hope, in the words of that classic Steve Allen song, this could be the start of something big – i.e. colleges and universities actually holding faculty members (and, dare we also hope, students) to account for their actions.