The new campus director of the LGBTQ center at Claremont College draws concern through controversial statements such as that he is “wary of white gays, white women, police and heterosexuals.”
Jonathan Higgins, the new campus director of the LGBTQ center at Claremont College has drawn concerns throughout the campus, as he tweeted controversial statements, such as that he is “wary of white gays, white women, police and heterosexuals.” Students have expressed their worry that his anti-white, anti-police and anti-heterosexual views could be carried over into his teachings, creating unequal treatment on campus.
One of his tweets date back to April, where he responded to someone who asked: “Who are you automatically wary of/keep at a distance because of your past experiences?” Higgins responded with: “White gays and well meaning white women.”
Another tweet which triggered some unease among students was from December of 2016, where he wrote: “I finally have nothing to say other than police are meant to service and protect white supremacy.”
A third tweet from Higgins which worried students was posted in June. He said: “So y’all been real quiet about #heterosexualprideday, I mean I thought I’d see parades celebrating rape culture, homophobia and transphobia,” it stated. Higgins added: “Oh wait: y’all do that everyday…..”
Comments From Students
A gay student from the college commented on Higgins’ police tweet, saying it concerned him “because my family is heavily involved in law enforcement and because I have many siblings and cousins, all of whom I support and love deeply, who serve as officers.”
“My family will only ever be seen as enforcers of white supremacy in Higgins’ eyes with myself as an enabler,” the student added.
One transgender student told The College Fix, that reading Higgins’ tweet about heterosexual pride day was difficult.“ Only through a long, difficult journey have I arrived at the conclusion that I am heterosexual,” he said.
“Much of the success of this powerful journey comes as a result of my wonderful mentors who are open-minded to every possibility. Based on his statements on social media, it is clear that Dr. Higgins associates heterosexuality with only negative causes and that he thinks to be openly proud of one’s heterosexuality, as I am, is to ‘celebrate rape culture, homophobia and transphobia … everyday.’ His statements demean my efforts and are uncharacteristic of both my experiences with the QRC and the center’s own mission statement.”