One Ivy League professor is currently in hot water for throwing out the claim that Texas police chose not to respond sooner to the horrid mass school shooting that took place last week in Uvalde because they “didn’t give a damn” about the kids who were for the most part Latino in ethnicity.
An associate professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and an MSNBC contributor, Anthea Butler, issued this horrible claim via a tweet that has since been deleted due to the backlash. The claim cropped up amid recent new information about the stuttering response made by the local police, who reportedly stayed back for well over an hour to get ready to storm Robb Elementary School classroom where the shooter was slaughtering children.
“So since no one else will ask, I will. Did those children die because most of them were Mexican American and the police didn’t give a damn about a school w predominately brown kids? I mean, because it’s Texas..and if you think everyone who isn’t white is illegal,” Butler claimed in a tweet put out this past Friday.
University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler is at the center of another controversy after suggesting that the Uvalde police “didn’t give a damn” about the children because they were “predominantly brown kids.”https://t.co/vOzTUXYReK
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 29, 2022
Many critics have highlighted that Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, who was the one who reportedly ordered officers to stay back as 19 children along with two teachers were killed by the crazed gunman, is himself Latino, just like the city Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez. Many of both the federal and local officers who showed up in response to the scene are also Latino, and many have children who attended the school.
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote about the claim from Butler on his blog, stating it should be a protected piece as free speech, but highlighted that many conservative professors who make far less horrendous statements that are backed by evidence are often fired or otherwise punished for their statements.
“Professor Butler has a long history of offensive racial statements,” Stated Turley. “While some have previously called for her termination, these comments (including this disgraceful tweet) should be protected under principles of free speech and academic freedom. However, this is another example of the double standard often applied at universities, which are quick to investigate, discipline, or fire conservative, libertarian, or dissenting faculty members in such controversies.”
Quite a few people took to Twitter with their backlash against Butler’s insane take.
“Anthea Butler is the new kind of College intellectual racist, dumb and absolutely wrong,” stated a tweet from @Johncxgw.
“That is crazy,” stated @RCalantjis as well. “There were white kids who died too. This has nothing to do with it.”
Previously, Butler has made the claim that all conservatives are “craven and evil” and called the black neurosurgeon who was the former Trump administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson a “coon.” She has also authored a book titled White Evangelical Racism, in which she makes the claim that the idea of Christianity in the United States is inseparably interwoven with slavery and support of the Ku Klux Klan, as reported by Professor Watch List.
Butler has also publically made the claim that she thinks that evangelical Christians think that police are “ordained” by God solely to kill off black people.