Hat tip The College Fix
UC Merced professor Ross Avilla stirred up a lot of controversy when he was recorded telling his class that 9-11 was the only case of terrorism in the US perpetrated by foreign terrorists and that most attacks in the US were carried out by conservative, religious white males. Now the university has come to Avilla's defense in the name of academic freedom.
Avilla's assertions are easily proved false. So what if a professor tells his students that the world is flat? Does UCM consider that to be legitimate academic inquiry? And what do those statements have to do with psychology, his field of study?
I for one have not called for this guy to be fired. On the other hand, I applaud the student involved and The College Fix for bringing light to this nonsense. Avilla has a right to his dopey opinions even if he chooses to bring them into the classroom and shove them down the throats of his students who thought they had registered for a psychology course. Those who disagree with his "facts" have the right to counter them.
And if the chancellor of UCM is so concerned about truthful inquiries, she could start by opening up the facts of the recent terror attack-yes, terror attack at UCM.