Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN Bowing to pressure from several Republican university professors, William Penn, a tenured English professor at Michigan State University, has been relieved of his teaching duties by the University for making comments that attacked Mitt and Ann Romney and Republicans.
Penn, Nez Perce/Osage, was secretly videotaped during the spring of 2012 by a student. The video captured Penn saying: "They raped this country." The eight-minute video was posted to YouTube and found its way to the national media earlier this week on FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor."
The 64 year old professor has been placed on a paid sabbatical for this semester.
Penn was the advisor to the Native Writers Circle and American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University at the time of being relieved of his teaching duties.
Penn is the author of seven books and won a North American Indian Prose Award (essays), and a Distinguished Faculty Award. Presently, he is shopping a new novel, Hazing: A Novel in Ten Satires completing a new novel, The Revenge of King George working on a collection of essays and revising two film scripts, according to the Michigan State University website.
“If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them,”
Penn can be heard saying in the video.
“They are cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.”
As of Friday, Michigan State University officials publically said whether or not Penn will be back in a classroom next semester.
See the video below
posted September 7, 2013 10:57 am edt