Professor William Penn’s tirade was “inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive,” Dean Karen Wurst of the College of Arts & Letters said in an email to students Thursday.
“On Aug. 29, during your Literatures, Cultures, Identities course, Professor William Penn made comments he has acknowledged were inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and may have negatively affected the learning environment,” she wrote. “Once MSU was made aware of the situation the Office of the Provost immediately began a review.”
“As a result, Penn’s duties have been reassigned, and he will not be teaching this semester,” she added. “A new instructor is being assigned to your course.”
Penn will not be returning in 2013. As of this writing, it is unclear whether Penn will be suspended with pay.
Here’s a copy of the Dean’s email:
The following video of Penn’s bizarre outburst was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday:
In the video, Penn accuses Republicans of trying to suppress minorities.
“If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them,” he said. “They are cheap. They don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”
“This country still is full of closet racists,” he said. “What do you think is going on in South Carolina and North Carolina. Voter suppression. It’s about getting black people not to vote. Why? Because black people tend to vote Democratic.”
“Why would would Republicans want to do it?” Penn asked at one point. “Because Republicans are not a majority in this country anymore. They are a bunch of dead white people. Or dying white people.”
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