A liberal university professor writing under the pseudonym was lambasted as an abusive racist by social justice activists on Twitter, after he accurately quoted another liberal activist’s tweet.
In an op-ed for Vox.com called “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me,” the author laments the state of modern campus liberalism, debate-stifling political correctness and “triggering” concerns, and the emphasis of feelings over reason. As evidence of the latter, he linked to a tweet from artist and cultural critic Zahira Kelly that literally dismissed science as racist.
The author, writing under the pseudonym “Edward Schlosser,” was actually overly kind, saying “Kelly is intelligent. Her voice is important.” But even that didn’t save him from the wrath to come.
So yes, apparently accurately and directly quoting a person is now “cowardly,” “abuse,” “paranoid,” and “white supremacist,” merely because the author didn’t ask for permission to use quotes blasted out to the entire Internet.
It’s also worth noting that for all the racism accusations, the Vox op-ed never actually says what the anonymous professor’s race is.