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Professor under fire for inflammatory comments about immigrants

Fang Zhou
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A state lawmaker is calling for a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College northeast of Atlanta to be fired or reprimanded following his comments about illegal immigrants, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Fang Zhou used terms like ghetto thugs and libtards in conversations on social media about illegal immigration.

“I am against political correctness,” Zhou wrote on Twitter. “I speak truth to power in class and my students learn about the financial drain of illegal immigration on the economy and the high crime rates of illegal immigrants.”

State Rep Bee Nguyen condemned Zhou and called on the university to take action against its employee.

The criticism does not faze the professor.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I welcome any comment or opinion,” Zhou said to the Gwinnett Daily Post. “I have received many, many messages and comments supporting me and a few who disagree with me. I respect everyone’s viewpoints because 1st Amendment of free speech applies to everyone.”

The university responded to the uproar by referring to its academic freedom policy. That policy reads, in part, “freedom of speech and expression extends to all members of the academic community, subject to commonly accepted constitutional limits on speech that is libelous or slanderous, incites violence, or discriminates against or harasses others.”

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