Johnny Williams, a Trinity college professor who tweeted “whiteness is terrorism” is still refusing to apologize and is doubling down in a new Op-Ed for the Hartford Courant.
Last April, Campus reform reported they spoke with a member of the Trinity College Republicans regarding the professor, his most recent comments, and his past.
“Everyone really questions, even liberals, why is he still here?” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “I think that’s kind of a question a lot of people are asking is, he advocated for white genocide, why is he still here?”
The College Republicans member said students are generally apathetic at the college, but that Williams has changed that.
“I think if you ask anyone on campus that is not as radical as he is, they will be like ‘he needs to go,’ which is interesting because at Trinity College, most students are pretty apathetic toward really everything, so to have such a high defensive that an individual needs to go, that really says something.”
According to the student, who said they have taken a class with the professor before, Professor Williams is known for failing students for no reason and requiring students to sign a waiver stating they may not discuss or email about what is said in class.
“He tells students all the time [that] he doesn’t care about their grades, he’ll fail students just to fail students,” the College Republicans member said. “Most students, even students of color, do not like Professor Williams. I’ve talked to many students that either have him or have had him. He’s a terrible professor. He makes students sign a waiver as they take his class where they’re not allowed to send emails, they’re not allowed to talk about what he says in class because he knows what he says will get him in trouble.”
In his new Op-Ed, Williams writes:
The United States is a nation in which people who identify as “white” preside over an oppressive system that everyone is expected to accept as normal. So when indigenous, black, Latinx, and Asian folks refuse to abide by this inequitable and cruel way of organizing life, we are publicly ridiculed and falsely accused of inciting hatred and violence.
For years now, I have been derided for inciting violence by those who think of themselves as white because I dare to name and write about the sources of racially oppressed people’s suffering — whites and their system of white racism. I was even investigated by my own institution, Trinity College, out of fear that the truth about whites and their systemic oppressive machinations may impact the thinking and actions of students, the public, and the institution’s financial bottom line.
Several months ago, a few alumni — who aimed to smear me publicly, yet again — scoured my personal social media accounts looking for posts to substantiate their belief that I hated people who think of themselves as white. In their haste to malign me, they revealed their ignorance regarding the idea of “race,” whiteness and the system of oppression conventionally known as white supremacy.
Race is often thought of as the idea that humans are naturally divided into biologically distinct groups. That’s not correct. Race consists of shared patterns of seeing, thinking and acting that validate and legitimize an existence of white identity and a white worldview.
Whiteness is a shared conglomeration of fabricated meanings and ideas about biologically insignificant human differences. Whiteness only exists in relation or opposition to blackness and other fictitious racial categories created by whiteness adherents for the purpose of cementing a higher status and material advantage over other people that are excluded from being white.
Another way of thinking of race is as a mythical political grouping that assigns human worth and status using the idea of skin color to legitimize their superior status. But it’s not simply about physical features. In America, this concept has materialized into a very real system based on beliefs, values, behaviors, habits and attitudes that results in actions leading to the unequal distribution of power and advantage. Whiteness separates those who are entitled to have advantages from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their not being white. It is a position of power where people who imagine themselves to be white hold the power to decide who is white and who is not; who will and will not prosper; and who will or will not live.
As such — and contrary to my critics’ beliefs that whiteness is merely an identity — race and whiteness materialize as systemic white racism terroristic actions and practices with very real, tangible, and lethal effects.
Whiteness often goes unnoticed by self-identified whites in ways that divert them from considering their complicity in the daily white terrorism — wars, police and military occupations, poor housing, health, and education — directed at racially oppressed groups.
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