By Victor Ochieng
Carol Swain, a Black conservative professor, has come out guns blazing against an online petition demanding her ouster over accusations of discriminatory acts during her classroom sessions.
EAG News reported that Swain, who’s a professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, Nashville campus, is being targeted for suspension after she made online posts of materials of interest to “Christian conservatives.”
“Although Ms. Swain is free to speak openly and have her own views, no matter how disagreeable they may be, it is generally unprofessional to attach your job title to a channel promoting your personally held beliefs,” reads part of the petition. “Keeping personal beliefs and University-endorsed statements separate is crucial to maintaining the integrity of Vanderbilt’s values.”
The petition has received more than 1,500 signatures so far.
The professor has been accused by the students of portraying hatred towards minority groups.
Besides Professor Swain’s suspension, the petition is also demanding that the school’s administration “confer with the ACLU to create and mandate a diversity training program for all Vanderbilt faculty — including Professor Carol Swain — to increase their cultural awareness, foster inclusion of various identity groups, prevent discrimination in the classroom, and to protect the University against inadvertent civil rights violations .”
After learning of the petition, Swain had a response, which she shared during an interview with ABC News’ local affiliate.
“I think they’re sad and pathetic, in the sense that they’re college students and they should be open to hearing more than one viewpoint,” she told the station.
The petition also got a response from Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.
“I have heard and appreciate the serious concerns of our many students and alumni who have signed an online petition calling for the suspension of Carol Swain, professor of political science and professor of law. Professor Swain’s opinions are her own,” the statement said. “They do not reflect the opinions of the university in any way.”
But even after Professor Swain learned of Mr. Zeppos’ statement, she still expressly said that she’s unmoved by it.
“Chancellor Zeppos’s statement offered me no comfort,” she wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “It accepts as true the false narrative that is being advanced by what I see as the strongest groups on campus. One of the groups claiming victimhood is responsible for the ‘non-discrimination’ policy that marginalizes and discriminates against orthodox Christians. Half of the Christian groups are no longer recognized. The others tip-toe around political correctness. Most Christians are cowering in fear on that campus.”