California college trustee apologizes after saying anyone opposing anti-racism ... trends now
A California college trustee was forced to apologize after he was recorded saying that professors who oppose anti-racism and 'equity' measures should be 'roped' and taken to the slaughterhouse.'
John Corkins made the controversial remarks at the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees meeting on December 13, after students and faculty spoke about racial issues at Bakersfield College.
He now says he only meant to show his support for those who spoke about the alleged racism on the campus — particularly from a group of professors who have spoken out against woke Diversity, Equity and Inclusion measures.
'I apologize to anyone who felt threatened or was offended,' Corkins, the vice president of the board of trustees told The College Fix in a statement. 'My intent was to emphasize that the individuals who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting have my full support.'
John Corkins, the vice president of the Kern Community College District Board of Trustee, said at a meeting last month that professors who oppose woke ideals should be 'taken to the slaughterhouse'
Corkins was recorded at the meeting last month speaking about a 'segment' of 'abusive' faculty that 'we have to continue to cull.
'Got them in my livestock operation and that's why we put a rope on some of them and take them to the slaughterhouse,' he said, turning to his fellow trustees, one of whom laughed at the suggestion.
'That's a fact of life with human nature and so forth, I don't know how to say it any clearer.'
The remarks came amid a discussion about racism on the Bakersfield campus, after a survey found that students of color suffered more racial microaggressions and physical and verbal attacks than white students.
Black students and faculty at the meeting largely blamed a group of professors opposed to diversity, equity and inclusion programs. They said the Renegade Institute for Liberty, founded by tenured history Professors Matthew Garret and Erin Miller, made them feel unsafe on campus.
The group describes itself online as 'a coalition of Bakersfield College faculty dedicated to the free speech, open inquiry [and] critical thinking to advance American ideals within the broader Western tradition of meritocracy, individual agency, civic virtue, liberty of conscience and free markets.
'Through intellectual exploration and reason, the Institute works to preserve each of the above virtues as necessary for a free people and to advance the cause of liberty in America.'
Tenured history professors Matthew Garret and Erin Miller founded The Renegade Institute for Liberty at Bakersfield College
The group says it is dedicated to 'the free speech, open inquiry [and] critical thinking to