(National Sentinel) Institutional Bias: A communications professor and staunch advocate for freedom of speech who was fired by UCLA recently warned a group of conservative and libertarian students enrolled there that they are not “safe” from persecution because of their political beliefs.
As reported by The College Fix, former Prof. Keith Fink told a group called Bruins Republicans, “If they can get rid of professor like me for speaking his mind, what is stopping them from doing the same thing to all of you?
The Bruin is the school’s mascot.
“We are in the middle of another Red Scare,” Fink, an attorney and longtime lecturer terminated by the university earlier this year despite despite being popular, told students.
Often, his classes — which concentrated on the First Amendment’s guaranteed right of free speech — many times had waiting lists of 200-plus students.
Fink made his observations during a speech last week for the GOP campus club, The College Fix noted. During a lecture titled, “UCLA’s Dirty Tricks Against Conservatives,” he said of the school’s leaders, “They twist the rules, they distort the rules, they ignore the rules.”
The site noted further:
Fink was fired over the summer after he did not pass a performance review, one he said was biased against him. He told students the current communications department chair, Kerri Johnson, “despised” him and wanted him gone.
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The former professor described Johnson as “very far to the Left,” adding he personally does not believe in “safe spaces or microaggressions.”
Fink did acknowledge that often his classes were intense, but he said that socratic dialogue was meant to be confrontational. He said he told students who did not want to be confronted about their views to “go take the dolphin class.”
Still, when asked if he would ever return to UCLA, Fink responded: “I could teach many, many places. I want to teach here.”
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