In a video released Tuesday by Campus Reform, Michigan State University professor William S. Penn is seen bullying a student while claiming that Republicans have "raped" the country and are working to keep minorities from voting.
“If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them,” he said on the first day of his creative writing class last week. “They are cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”
“They don't want to pay for your tuition because who are you? Well, to me you are somebody,” he added.
According to Campus Reform, Penn appeared to harass a student who disagreed with him.
“You can frown if you want,” said Penn, apparently addressing a student sitting near the front of the class. “You look like you are frowning. Are you frowning?”
He also claimed America "is full of closet racists,” and said Republicans are purposefully attempting to keep minorities from voting.
“What do you think is going on in South Carolina and North Carolina. Voter suppression. Its about getting black people not to vote. Why? Because black people tend to vote Democratic,” he said in an apparent reference to voter ID laws.
“Why would Republicans want to do it?” he asked the class. “Because Republicans are not a majority in this country anymore. They are a bunch of dead white people. Or dying white people.”
Campus Reform said the professor was secretly recorded by a student in the class.
According to a post at Twitchy, one person said Penn appears to have violated the school's anti-discrimination policy, which forbids harassment "on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight."
Twitchy also said actress Patricia Heaton took Penn to task for his comments.
"How does hostile, aggressive, threatening-to-conservative-students MSU Prof William Penn keep his job?" she tweeted.
Penn refused to speak with Campus Reform, and the school initially had no comment.
But the school had a change of heart and told Campus Reform Tuesday night it is looking into the incident.
"MSU is thankful we’ve been made aware of the situation; we will be looking into it. At MSU it is important the classroom environment is conducive to a free exchange of ideas and is respectful of the opinions of others," MSU spokesman Kent Cassella told Campus Reform.
Campus Reform said Penn received a Distinguished Faculty Award at MSU in 2003 and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Stephen Crane Prize for Fiction.
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