William Penn, a tenured professor who teaches in the creative writing program at Michigan State, spent roughly 10 minutes berating Republicans while speaking before an English class at the university, Campus Reform reported. A student secretly recorded the professor and further revealed damning evidence of liberal bias on college campuses after Penn claimed Republicans have “raped this country.”
“If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all those old people with all the dead skin cells washing off them,” Penn said, referencing the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. “They’re cheap. They don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”
Penn continued, addressing the debates surrounding voter ID laws in North Carolina and South Carolina and claiming Republicans are “a bunch of dead white people” trying to keep African-Americans from voting.
“I am a college professor. If I find out you are a closest racist, I am coming after you. Okay. This country still is full of closet racists. What do you think if going on in South Carolina and North Carolina — voter suppression. It’s about getting black people not to vote,” Penn said. “Why? Because black people tend to vote Democratic. So why would Republicans want to do it? Because Republicans are not a majority in this country anymore. They are a bunch of dead white people or dying white people.”
But Penn took his rant even further, lambasting former Republican Presidential Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.
“…Ann Romney, a first lady?” the professor said. He continued, expressing utter disgust at the thought of being married to her.
Though Penn reassured his students he wasn’t trying to offend them — at least inside the classroom — his efforts raised some concern from Michigan State officials.
“At MSU it is important the classroom environment is conducive to a free exchange of ideas and is respectful of the opinions of others,” Kent Cassella,an MSU spokesman told Campus Reform.
University officials said they would investigate the matter and announced today Penn had been suspended, Campus Reform reported.
“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.
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. A new instructor is being assigned to your course,” Dean of the College of Arts and Letters Karen Wurst wrote in an email to students, according to Campus Reform.
Watch Penn’s comments below.
This piece has been updated to include new information.