WASHINGTON - Esteemed professor and intellectual Dr. Cornel West has cancelled a high-profile lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in support of a boycott of the university over the firing of Professor Steven Salaita. The university fired Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor of Native American Studies, from a tenured faculty position because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year. West was scheduled to deliver the 2015 Thulin Lecture next month at the university on “The Profound Desire for Justice” in the historic Lincoln Hall.
It is very sad and very telling when donors are allowed to demand the dismissal of a university professor because they don’t like his politics. It shows the university administration to be venal slaves to the wealthy parties that supply extra cash to the university and the management thereof. The fact that they fired this professor based on the demands of certain donors is evidence enough that the administration themselves are not worthy to continue in their positions. They should all be removed for cause!