For a variety of reasons, a video of a tenured professor from Michigan’s Ferris State University has gone viral. Barry Mehler’s bizarre rant has gotten a lot of attention on social media, thanks to his profanity and appearance on Zoom wearing a helmet to protect himself from the coronavirus. He’s now on administrative leave, but the video is still making the rounds.
Mehler isn’t the first or last professor to stir up controversy over their beliefs. Brittney Cooper, a Rutgers professor, made a rant against White people in October 2021, and many people accused her of hate speech. Then, in November, Asao Inoue, an Arizona professor, went viral after calling the current grading system “racist” and proposing a controversial alternative. Professor Cassandra Aline Jones was the recipient of the award in December for her racist rant against White people.
Howard Zlotkin, a New Jersey teacher, was suspended after profaningly addressing Black students and calling George Floyd a “f**king criminal.”
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