Former students of Dr. Tommy Curry at Texas A&M University are coming forward with old recordings in which the professor defended killing white people in certain contexts and stated, “In order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.”
The above quote came from a recently surfaced 2012 podcast interview. After TAMU President Michael Young described the comments as ‘disturbing’, a group of students have risen to Curry’s defense. They have posted an open letter on Change.org, arguing that the professor’s comments were taken out of context. They state that he was simply discussing the movie Django Unchained, in which a black protagonist sets out with a vendetta against white people.
The group stated:
“President Young’s language in this email not only allows for but encourages the campus community to assume that Dr. Curry…used his First Amendment rights to ‘espouse hateful views’ by advocating for ‘violence, hate, and killing…We believe that this is not only a mischaracterization of Dr. Curry’s comments but serves to perpetuate a targeted campaign against his person and his work.”
However, as a response to this defense of Dr. Curry, a group called Support Aggies has come forward with recordings of the professor making similar comments during lectures.
In one, a student asks, “So are you saying that nothing would change without violence between the oppressors and the oppressed?” Curry replied, “in this American context, yes.”
Another recording reveals Curry stating that he is ‘very serious’ about the idea that white people need to be killed-he told his class, “these ideas [of killing white people] resonate in the history of people who have been oppressed.”
In a third recording, Curry is angry about the “degraded minds of the conservatives at Texas A&M”. “You cannot have progress here without violence and upheaval,” he declared.
An anonymous Support Aggies member gave a statement to Campus Reform about his encounter with Curry’s radical rhetoric:
“One of my friends who was passionate about Dr. Curry’s teaching told me about the lecture, so I went. At the lecture, I asked Professor Curry what we should do to help the oppressed. He told me it was our duty to talk to the oppressed in ways that resonate with them, telling us to say to them: ‘kill white people.’”
Support Aggies is circulating a petition, demanding that the TAMU administration fire Curry. They have also been contacting alumni donors, and have stated that outraged alumni will “withhold all donations to Texas A&M…unless these problems are corrected.” The group does not believe that academic freedom protects Dr. Curry’s statements, arguing that no one has the right to promote racism and violence in the classroom.
Curry still claims that these statements were taken out of context, and that he lectures frequently on the work of Frantz Fanon, a black psychiatrist advocating revolutionary violence. An open records request showed that Curry lecture frequently on the justification for violence against white people in 2006 and 2007, and he has also published an article on the subject.
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(H/T: Campus Reform)