Liberal Loon Professor Explains Why She Was Fired
Remember Melissa Click? She was the nutty University of Missouri Media Studies professor(video above) who was fired after she confronted a student journalist and then asked for "muscle" to prevent him from exercising his First Amendment rights. This week, Click explained why she was fired:
Infamous former University of Missouri professor Melissa Click suggested in a newspaper profile published Sunday that she was fired because of her race.
“This is all about racial politics,” Click said in the Chronicle of Higher Educationarticle. “I’m a white lady. I’m an easy target.”
Click was fired from her position as an assistant professor of communications in February, and her appeal of the decision was denied in March. She achieved national attention after video footage of her assaulting a student journalist went viral. Later, video emerged of her yelling profanities at a police officer.
“I’m not a superhero,” Click told The Chronicle. “I wasn’t in charge. When it got out of control, I was the one held accountable.”
Her incident with police in October, during a protest at the university’s homecoming parade, was caught on an officer’s body camera.
“Am I going to be one of those people who stands and watches another brutal moment against black people, or am I going to step in and make sure they’re safe?” Click said she asked herself before stepping between the police officer and a protester.
This is about as nutty as it gets. These are the sort of critical thinking skills Missouri students paying up to 25,000 and 40,000 dollars a year were getting for their money.
And what was Click protecting black students from, presumably? Rigorous debate with fellow student journalists about the merits of their protest? It sounds like Click is insinuating that black students were incapable of engaging with student journalists on their own. This is not only racist, it's an abdication of academic purpose. A journalism professor, of all people, should know that rigorous debate and exchange of ideas are essential parts of developing a well rounded intellect. That's what universities are for. The students at Missouri are lucky to have one less Melissa Click on staff.