Paul L. Caron

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Emory Alum (Fulton County Commissioner) Calls For Oct. 3 Rally To Demand Firing Of Tenured Law Prof Who Used N-Word In Torts Class, As Well As Dean, President, And Anyone Else Who Opposes His Firing

Emory Law (2018)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  An Open Letter to the Emory University Community, by Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. (Fulton County Commissioner):

Professor Paul Zwier must go today.

Using the N-word in a classroom setting by a professor is completely inconsistent with the values, goals and mission of Emory University and Emory University School of Law.

I am a 1996 graduate of the Emory University School of Law, a practicing attorney and a commissioner of Fulton County. My father, Judge Marvin Arrington Sr., was among the first blacks to graduate from Emory University School of Law in 1967.

There is no set of circumstances nor facts that make Professor Zwier’s choice to use the N-word justifiable or acceptable; his choice to use the N-word is the only fact that matters.

The mission, goals and core values of the Emory University School of Law and Emory University are stated on their websites, and the use of the N-word does not comport with any of those. ...

I implore the university and law school to follow their mission, goals and core values statements and remove him today. If not, then the university itself has no integrity and is not humane nor respectful.

I am asking for Professor Zwier to resign or to be terminated immediately. I further ask for the resignation and/or termination of anyone that thinks it is acceptable for him to stay, including the dean of the law school and the president of the university.

Even in 1966 and 1967, when my father attended Emory, the professors dared not use such an offensive word. How or why could anyone think use of the N-word is appropriate in a classroom in 2018? ...

I am inviting all who oppose the use of the N-word by Professor Zwier to join me on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m., at Emory University School of Law for a rally to uphold the mission, goals and core values of Emory University and for the removal of Professor Zwier and anyone that thinks that it is OK for him to stay at Emory University.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

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Considering the current posturing of the Left, Emory students and fellow Democrats of Marvin Arrington, who is making the demand, should rally that Arrington resign immediately! After all, isn't an accusation alone enough to warrant his removal? Let's hear it from the social justice warriors!

Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr... arrested... on... battery-family violence charge after he allegedly grabbed and shoved his wife.

Incidentally, Emory is in Dekalb County rather than Fulton County, where Arrington is commissioner.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 2, 2018 6:16:42 PM

Posted by: QT | Oct 1, 2018 3:27:32 PM

Bring your rap songs too, so you can have examples for the crowd to hear.

Posted by: Rick Caird | Oct 1, 2018 2:31:35 PM

David, there was a time when context, intention, and common sense mattered. Not so much, today. Lawyers have been reprimanded for using the term "Chinese Wall" as though it were a pejorative or something. At bottom, this is all about bullying.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Oct 1, 2018 12:47:22 PM

Posted by: Gypsy Boots | Oct 1, 2018 7:47:31 AM

"Even in 1966 and 1967… the professors dared not use such an offensive word."

In my experience, people could use it in a direct quote. In 1986, a Harvard professor, the late Donald Fleming, used it in his Intellectual History class, quoting William Jennings Bryan. (Bryan had visited Haiti, came back and said, "Imagine that, N*****s speaking French!") Black and white students laughed, as the joke was making fun of Bryan's ignorance, not of black Haitians.

Posted by: David Pittelli | Oct 1, 2018 5:13:20 AM

Right back at you, Commissioner: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.“

Posted by: JJ Rodgers | Oct 1, 2018 4:47:39 AM

A professor at Harvard wrote a book with this word as its title and nobody has suggested firing him.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Sep 30, 2018 9:26:46 PM

Sounds good to me. Maybe he'll reconsider being a Democrat.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 30, 2018 11:12:48 AM