Black Professor Suspended for Stating Opinions

September 25, 2016 in News by RBN Staff


By John Friend

Dr. Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College,a prestigious liberal arts college in Ohio, has been placed on paid administrative leave following an investigation related to her social media posts, university officials recently announced.

Professor Karega made national headlines earlier this year when a number of her controversial social media posts were publicized by the media. The Oberlin College professor, who is black, made numerous Facebook posts which were deemed to be anti-Semitic and promoting “conspiracy theories.”

In her posts, Ms. Karega opined Israel played a key role in the events of 9-11 and also argued that ISIS was a joint Central Intelligence Agency-Mossad creation designed to stage even more September 11-style false-flag attacks. In other posts, Ms. Karega expressed her support for the Palestinian cause and pointed out that the notorious Jewish banker Jacob Rothschild, among other elite money lenders and international financiers, “own your news, the media, your oil, and your government.”

University officials, including Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov, who is Jewish, originally defended Ms. Karega’s controversial posts and her right to freedom of expression while distancing the university from her views.

“I believe, as the American Association of University Professors says, that academic freedom is ‘the indispensable quality of institutions of higher education’ because it encourages free inquiry, promotes the expansion of knowledge, and creates an environment in which learning and research can flourish,” Krislov wrote in a letter publicly released shortly after Ms. Karega’s posts initially garnered widespread media attention. “Cultivating academic freedom can be difficult and at times painful for any college community. The principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech are not just principles to which we turn to face these challenges, but also the very practicesthat ensure we can develop meaningful responses to prejudice.”

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