Thank you for posting the Chancellor’s e-mail addresses. I have sent her the following:
As an Illinois taxpayer and the father of a young U. of I. alumnus I encourage you to stick by your decision in this case. For one thing, how could a Jewish student, or any student vocal in his support of Israel, have any confidence that he or she would be treated fairly in this man’s class? Secondly, many of his remarks are not expressing political and humanitarian concerns – they are incitements to violence. Finally – where’s the scholarship? What parts of his academic background show the scholarly background to qualify him for this post?
It’s about time that the University of Illinois – that has to compete in both the legislature and in the mind of the electorate for increasingly scarcer public money – paid more attention to it’s scholarly mission. This is a start.