Trinity College professor, Johnny Williams, has fled the state after receiving death threats over his social media posts. He emphasized that his posts were referring to the Seattle police shooting and not the Virginia shooting.

The Controversy

Johnny Williams, a professor from Connecticut’s Trinity College has fled the state after he received death threats following the controversy that ensued from his social media posts.

Williams taught sociology at the college since 1996. According to the President of the college, Joanne Sweeny, Williams recently shared an article by “Son of Baldwin” which ends in a “call to show indifference to the lives of bigots.”

The article talked about how Steve Scalise, the congressman who was shot during baseball practice last week, held racist views. Scalise was saved by Police officers who happened to be black. The article said: “What does it mean, in general, when victims of bigotry save the lives of bigots?”

It then said: “Saving the life of those what would kill you is the opposite of virtuous. Let. Them. F___ing. Die.” He shared this on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, with the hashtag “#LetThemF—Die.”

This struck an outrage among the Trinity community. On Wednesday, the college closed its campus as it started to receive threats. However, the university was opened again the following morning, with Trinity saying that there wasn’t an “immediate threat.”

Williams on the Controversy

Williams said that he posted the article in commentary of the recent Seattly police shooting that took place, and not the Virginia shooting in which Scalise was injured.

“They are thinking I’m talking about a Congressman,” he said. “That’s not at all the case.”

“I’m calling for the death of a system, white supremacy, not the death of white people,” he added.

Williams also happens to teach courses on racism. He said that he started receiving death threats due to the controversy and has since decided to flee from the state, for his family’s safety.

“The Dean of the Faculty will review this matter and advise me on whether college procedures or policies were broken,” Berger’s email to the community said. “I told Professor Williams that in my opinion his use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment. No matter its intent, it goes against our fundamental values as an institution, and I believe its effect is to close minds rather than open them.”


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