Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

Syracuse University Defends Professor’s Controversial 9/11 Comments

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Syracuse University, with a record of censoring offensive speech, is defending a professor’s social media posts about the 9/11 terrorist attacks that many found offensive. In a Twitter thread that is now private, Jenn M. Jackson wrote that Americans “have to be more honest” about the nature of the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. “It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity,” she claimed. “It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect.” Jackson, who uses the pronouns she/they, is an assistant professor of political science whose area of research is “black politics with a focus on group threat, gender and sexuality, political behavior, and social movements,” according to her biography on the university’s website. “White Americans might not have really felt true fear before 9/11 because they never felt what it meant to …

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