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2016 Election Education Free Speech

This College President Telling Professors to Disparage Trump

Campus Reform
Written by Campus Reform

The president of Ripon College is urging professors to disparage Donald Trump in class, saying they should address “the big question” of “How can we be open-minded in the face of Trump’s bigotry?”
After pointing out that Trump’s rhetoric directly contradicts the social justice values being embraced on many campuses, Zachariah Messitte claims that if Trump were a student at Ripon, he would already be subject to a bias investigation.

The president of Ripon College is urging professors to disparage Donald Trump in class, saying that if Trump were a student, he would already be subject to a bias investigation.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Zachariah Messitte, who is also a professor in the Politics and Government Department, argues that it’s “fine” for professors to “acknowledge Trump’s narrow-minded rhetoric” in class, suggesting that Trump’s “bigotry” is a valid topic for most any course.

“If Trump were a student, he would have already been called into the dean’s office to explain comments about women, minorities, immigrants, veterans, and people with disabilities,” Messitte writes, pointing out that “my college’s core values celebrate and protect differences of perspective, background, and heritage.”

[RELATED: Marxist feminist tells students ‘Donald Trump proves society promotes rape culture’]

According to Messitte, relationships on college campuses are supposed to be “friendly, welcoming, and supportive”, but in “Trump’s worldview,” it is “precisely this kind kind of academic environment that has led to the United States’ general decline.”

Following from that observation, he encourages faculty members to spend time explaining Trump’s political rise to their students, saying that in order for students to understand Trump’s supporters, they first must have a deep knowledge of words like…

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