A newly launched website asks college students to expose professors who “advance leftist propaganda” in the classrooms.
The site, Professor Watchlist, launched this month by the nonprofit organization Turning Point USA, already lists hundreds of professors in an effort “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”
Crazy radical professor at your school?
CHECK OUT “Professor WatchList”https://t.co/ONVzq70vUJ
Submit your professors on the site! pic.twitter.com/H2O8WnfUvW
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 21, 2016
Documenting incidents reported by other news organizations, the site promises to “only publish profiles on incidents that have already been reported somewhere else.”
In a blog about the project, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk wrote:
“It’s no secret that some of America’s college professors are totally out of line.
Everyday I hear stories about professors who attack and target conservatives, promote liberal propaganda, and use their position of power to advance liberal agendas in their classroom.
Turning Point USA is saying enough is enough. It’s time we expose these professors.”
The site features professors like Dr. Charles Angeletti, who “required students to recite a pledge that describes a racist, sexist, homophobic America,” and Dr. Britteny Cooper who blamed white racism for Brexit. Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, was “sentenced to three years’ probation after violently attacking a 16-year-old pro-life activist on campus. She was convicted of assault, theft, and destruction of property, but the University of Santa Barbara never fired her,” the site noted.
“What we are seeing with this site is a kind of normalizing of prosecuting professors, shaming professors, defaming professors,” Kent State professor, Julio Cesar Pino, told The New York Times. Pino was listed on the site for being investigated by the FBI for connections to ISIS, which Pino denies.
By exposing the liberal ideology, the site hopes to help conservative students combat leftist professors.
The New York Times, unsurprisingly, noted that some criticize the Watchlist as a “threat to academic freedom,” and could be used to harass professors.
Twitter users launched parodies under the hashtag #trollprofwatchlist, “registering” Indiana Jones, Professor Plum of “Clue University,” and Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
— Sanjee Perera_Child (@SanjeeChild) November 22, 2016
— Taylor Maavara (@TaylorMaavara) November 21, 2016
— Kate Sang (@katesang) November 21, 2016
Criticism and parodies aside, Turning Point USA promises to continue to promote free speech, whatever the source.
“TPUSA will continue to fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish,” the website states. “However students, parents, and alumni deserve to know the specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.”
Wake up right! Receive our free morning news blast HERE
- 52 passengers boarded plane with neg Covid results, test positive after landing in Hong Kong - April 26, 2021
- Supreme Court agrees to hear major gun rights case on concealed handguns - April 26, 2021
- Final Census data shows the blue states likely to lose House seats, and the red states picking them up - April 26, 2021