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Conn. prof rebuked by GOP for calling conservatives “racist, misogynist”


They don’t call it liberal arts for nothing.

A part-time English professor at Eastern State Connecticut University in Willimantic is public enemy No. 1 in Republican circles — from the state GOP headquarters to the website of the William F. Buckley Jr.-founded National Review — for an anti-conservative lecture he gave to students in his Introduction to Creative Writing class.

Brent Terry characterized Republicans as “…racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people have so much power over the rest of us,” according to audio excerpts from his Monday morning class obtained by the website Campus Reform.

Conservatives “want things to go back—not to 1955, but to 1855,” Terry said. “There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to vote, do not want Latinos to vote. Do not want old people to vote, or young people to vote. Because generally, people like you are liberal.”

Terry warned his students that the midterm elections could have dire consequences for his students.

“It’s absolutely possible that the Republicans will take over the Senate, as well as the House,” Terry said. “And we will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens. I mean, colleges will start closing up if they, if these people have their way. They don’t think money should go to giving you people dangerous ideas about how the world should be run.”

GOP leaders rebuked Terry for his rhetoric.

“To refer to Republicans as ‘racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people’ is outrageous and offensive,” said Jerry Labriola Jr., chairman of the state Republican Party. “And to make such a statement as a public employee teaching a class on creative writing at a public university is wildly inappropriate. Professor Terry’s attempt to indoctrinate his students constitutes a clear abuse of his position as a professor at a public university.”

Said Elissa Voccola, executive director of the state GOP: “As a Republican woman who attended a Connecticut State University, I am deeply offended by Professor Terry’s comments. I encourage Professor Terry to sit in on a history class where he might learn that it took a Republican president to end slavery and a Republican congress to give women the right to vote.”

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Neil Vigdor

2 Responses

  1. Joe Fortier says:

    …is this news?

    Conservative Republicans are wildly out of touch with reality. I grew up Republican, but switched sides because, you know, science. And logic.

    And both point to the fact that Republican ideals are horse fed bulls***. Oh, some schlep recording a creative writing class is peeved because all the Koch – fueled rhetoric in the world can’t save his dying party…BOOHOO.

    Try a little harder when you gin up 11th hour controversy before the Midterm.


  2. No Name says:

    This guy is toast. Eastern has zero tolerance for those don’t follow the herd. As a measure of how back asswards things are, studdents at Eastern are more likely to become familiar and generate foul opinions of Terry than there were to be aware of a tuition increase and express their thoughts about it. Academic freedom, as defended by the top bureaucrat at Eastern, is little more than one is free to mouth the words others regard as acceptable. From a political party and political perspective that is anti-science, opposes civil rights, seeks to dismantle social welfare programs at the same time pouring more taxpayer money into the varmint hole that is homeland security, I can’t see where they’d disagree with Terry. Then again this is a bunch of people who are perpetually dishonest and biased.