C. Christine Fair, the Georgetown University professor who tweeted that white GOP senators involved in the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “deserve miserable deaths,” has been placed on "research leave," according to school officials.
Twitter temporarily suspended professor C. Christine Fair’s account after her words went viral, but the university initially defended her.
What's happening now?
A spokesperson for Georgetown University sent an email out to students on Friday, noting that the "mutual" decision for Fair to go on "research leave" was "effective immediately."
Joel Hellman, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, wrote an email, which, in part, read, “This has been a challenging moment for our community, as we balance our unwavering commitment to free speech and expression with the need to ensure civil and respectful discourse.
"We can and do strongly condemn the use of violent imagery, profanity, and insensitive labeling of individuals based on gender, ethnicity or political affiliation in any form of discourse. Such expressions go against our core values," Hellman's email continued.
“Earlier today, I spoke with Professor Fair. To prevent further disruption to her students and out of an abundance of caution for the security of our community, we have mutually agreed for Professor Fair to go on research leave effective immediately," the dean's email said. "Professor Fair will accelerate previously scheduled international research travel.
“It’s become clear that incivility begets incivility. While we have received many legitimate concerns from members of our community and beyond regarding the social media posts Professor Fair has made in her personal capacity,” Hellman wrote, and noted that the school had also received “provocative and threatening” statements in response to Fair's Twitter conduct.
“This has been an emotional time, and I hope you will join me in thanking those at the front lines for handling their responsibilities with professionalism, tact, and patience,” Hellman concluded. “I want to reiterate a message that I make to every entering class at [the School of Foreign Service]: while we teach diplomacy as a subject, we expect diplomacy as a community.”
On Friday, the university's student-run newspaper, The Georgetown Voice, tweeted about Fair's leave.
The tweet read, "NEWS: Professor C. Christine Fair and SFS Dean Joel Hellman 'mutually agreed to Professor Fair to go on research leave effective immediately,' according to a statement from Hellman."
NEWS: Professor C. Christine Fair and SFS Dean Joel Hellman "mutually agreed to Professor Fair to go on research leave effective immediately," according to a statement from Hellman.
— The Georgetown Voice (@GtownVoice) October 5, 2018
What's the background?
In September, Fair wrote, “Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps.”
She concluded the graphic tweet with “Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”
Look at thus chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement.
All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes. https://t.co/tT7Igu157y
— (((Christine Fair))) (@CChristineFair) September 29, 2018
Fair initially said that the tweet was an "experiment" after it sparked major backlash and was featured by news outlets across the country, noting that she intended it as a trap for Fox News' Tucker Carlson.
You can read more about her rationale here.
(H/T: Campus Reform)