Professor who tweeted against PC culture is out at New York University, by Melkorka Licea.
An NYU professor crusading against political correctness and student coddling was booted from the classroom last week after his colleagues complained about his “incivility” …
Liberal studies prof Michael Rectenwald, 57, said he was forced Wednesday to go on paid leave for the rest of the semester. “They are actually pushing me out the door for having a different perspective.” …
Rectenwald launched an undercover Twitter account called Deplorable NYU Prof on Sept. 12 to argue against campus trends like “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings” policing Halloween costumes and other aspects of academia’s growing PC culture.
He chose to be anonymous, he explained in one of his first tweets, because he was afraid “the PC Gestapo would ruin me” if he put his name behind his conservative ideas on the famously liberal campus.
“I remember once on my Facebook I posted a story about a kid who changed his pronoun to ‘His Majesty’ because I thought it was funny,” he told The Post. “Then I got viciously attacked by 400 people. This whole milieu is nauseating. I grew tired of it, so I made the account.”
Which of course serves as a reminder that the Wentworth Report is not safe for many workplaces, and many of those who send in stories (indeed, this one) choose to remain anonymous.
Cost of attending NYU: $70,000 per year.