St. Joseph's University is a Jesuit institution.
Steeped in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Saint Joseph’s University provides a rigorous, intense education that both disciplines and expands the mind. At the core of this education is a General Education Program (G.E.P.), which exposes students to primary fields of inquiry and the cultural values that shape our world. A Jesuit emphasis on engaged teaching and mentoring permeates the university.Professor David Parry, Chair, Communication Studies, said some things in the classroom about Trump supporters that certainly don't reflect the Catholic tradition.
He told his students he was not sympathetic to white voters making more than $50,000 who voted for Trump. He doesn't believe you should have to open your heart to them. Parry gets more specific. He says that persons of color in the room or women in the room do not have to open their hearts to them.
Beyond being unkind, Parry gave his students some dubious information.
Regarding Trump's election, he said, "People are going to die because of what happened. And if we don't start there, we cannot have a conversation. People's lives are on the line now, and it's time we got real about that."
Good grief! What drivel! It's the classroom equivalent of fake news.
As this piece by Jesse Watters shows, Parry didn't want to talk about what he did in his classroom. He tried to run away rather than explain himself.
I hope Parry is held accountable for his conduct in the classroom and NOT rewarded by the university for his outrageous behavior.