James Tracy responds to questions about his firing, and about press reports of events that have swirled around him.
“Why was he fired? I mean, why was he really fired? What did he do? What did he do to bring this down on himself? He must have done something wrong…Wait. Are you saying he was fired because he exercised his natural right to free speech? He spoke freely? That’s it? That’s all? No, I can’t believe that. He must have said something that I would disagree with—in which case, he should have been fired. I feel better. He said something I disagree with. He should be fired. What right does he have to say something that makes me feel uncomfortable? That crosses the line. I have a right not to feel uncomfortable. Isn’t that the most basic of all rights? Isn’t that written in the Constitution?” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Oberlin College’s Joy Karega Pokes 800 Pound Zionist Gorilla
By James F. Tracy
A professor at an elite liberal arts college in Ohio has been targeted as “anti-semitic” and labelled a “conspiracy theorist” for observing in social media posts that Israel was behind 9/11, the November 2015 Paris terror events, and the rise of the Islamic State. Jewish groups and major media outlets have joined forces to publicly assail Joy Karega, an assistant professor of composition, and her employer Obelin College, for voicing “kooky theories,” FoxNews reports. Yet Oberlin administrators have not capitulated to the mob-like calls for Korega’s de facto lynching. The entire controversy can be traced back to a single source.
Former Florida Atlantic University tenured professor James Tracy presents additional information and observations on his 2016 termination during the first hour of this February 19, 2016 webcast of The Real Deal with special guest host Allan William Powell.
“Our own FAU handbook says an employee may be terminated for questionable conduct, professional or personal,” trustee Robert Rubinsaid. “And what Professor Tracy said wasn’t?”
But making comments that are embarrassing to a university is not grounds to fire a tenured professor, said Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates on free speech issues.
“Professors are citizens, too. They have the right to espouse various ideas, even if they’re controversial, as long as it doesn’t impact their teaching and their students.” -Scott Travis, “It’s That Professor Again: FAU Egghead Who Doubted Newtown Massacre Questions Boston Bombing,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 24, 2013, A1.
Profs. Jim Fetzer and James Tracy are featured during the second hour of Jeff Rense’s February 1, 2016 broadcast. They address Tracy’s January 2016 termination from his tenured professorship at Florida Atlantic University, and how the action threatens the constitutional protections encompassing academic freedom and free speech more broadly.
The discussion also highlights the role Sandy Hook massacre news coverage and university power relations likely played in the firing, and how the fraudulent dimensions of certain mass casualty events and similar phenomena are simply deemed off-limits in the US academy.