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Published On: Mon, Jan 25th, 2016

Cal State prof Robert Weide calls student conservatives ‘white supremacists’ and wants to fight in gym

An assistant professor at Cal State University Los Angeles called students defending a conservative event on campus “white supremacists” and challenged them to meet him in the gym, presumably for a fight.

As conservative Ben Shapiro was set to attend an event hosted by CSULA Young Americans for Freedom, the event’s public Facebook page turned ugly.

Some students called the event “unsafe,” “hostile,” “a threat to campus safety” and damaging to mental health, and assistant professor of sociology Robert Weide posted remarks, accusing those who defended the conservative event on Facebook “white supremacists.”

“FYI tough guy provocateurs, we have open mat on campus in the gym in the
USU building at 1pm Friday and noon on Saturday if you want to show us your white supremacy. Heads up though, I lift bro…,” Weide wrote.

Weide said his comments were taken out of context, that instead he was defending a CSULA student.

Racist poster from 1866 - Library of Congress

Racist poster from 1866 – Library of Congress

“Among the dozens of brazenly racist, xenophobic, misogynist and homophobic insults posted on the threads was one individual who is not a student on our campus, who challenged the physical prowess of someone who is a student on our campus, in order to intimidate and threaten them,” Weide said in his email.

“In response to that thinly veiled threat that person made against our student, I suggested a sporting competition as an alternative to anyone seeking to engage in a fist fight as a test of physical prowess. I know a screen shot of my comment alone, without the preceding comments, has been making the rounds on the internet. Fortunately I have screen shots of the whole conversation, which show the context that comment was taken out of.”

“Thanks for making me famous,” he added. “Being targeted by the reactionary right wing media is an honor I sincerely relish.”

In the Facebook discussion, Weide had also compared conservatives to Hitler in response to another comment. Weide identified himself as a faculty member and said he would debate Shapiro in the Q&A session following his talk.

Weide even collaborated with the dissenting students to propose ways in which the event might be shut down. He cited rule VII as a more viable option to challenge the event, noting that “holding an event that primarily benefits YAL members and sympathizers who are not students on our campus, as all of you are, is a flagrant violation of rule VII.”

Organizers voiced disappointment over reaction to the event.

“It is utterly unsurprising that professors paid for with taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate students in leftism get violently outraged when somebody tries to break that monopoly,” Mark Kahanding, YAF’s chair at CSULA, told TheBlaze.

 

 

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  1. Mike Radant says:

    Another filthy kike who needs to take a shower!

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