Professor Teaching Class on “Obama Phenomenon” Threatened to Kill Ted Cruz Supporting Students

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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No one could ask for a better academic exposition of the Obama Phenomenon than the one delivered by Professor Otis Madison.

Alice Gilbert can vividly recall her first day of class last fall in a black studies course called “The Obama Phenomenon” offered by Professor Otis Madison at UC Santa Barbara.

That’s because before his introductory lecture was over, the scholar “warned Ted Cruz-supporting ‘teabaggers’ to get the hell out of his classroom before he sent them home to their mother in a body bag,” Gilbert said in an email interview with The College Fix.

According to his credentials, Otis is a lecturer in the Department of Black Studies and received a Professor of the Year award by UCSB’s Mortar Board in 1992.

Been a long time since 1992.

Donald Douglas at American Power has a personal recollection of Otis.

I attended the first day of classes of Professor Madison’s Black Studies (or Black Politics) course, mainly to get a copy of the syllabus. To say the guy was bizarre is putting it mildly. At the beginning of the class the guy just stood there, looking around the lecture hall, for what seemed like five minutes. It was extremely uncomfortable. He then proceeded to go off on some typical anti-American rant, blabbering on about pervasive racism, or something.

Some students describe Otis’ perspective as “Marxist”. The course description on the magic of a Chicago Dem states…

Examines the historical, cultural and political nature of the Obama phenomenon. Given the historical nexus of race and class in the United States, the course will explore the historical implications of the election.

It’s certainly historic.

  • Jakareh

    No one should doubt that if leftists in the United States ever have
    to power to kill those who oppose their agenda, they will do it.
    Leftists killed 100 million human beings in the name of their ideology
    in the 20th century. Why would they do things different in the 21st?

    • J. Johnston

      I swear, Jakareh, I agree with what you said. I say all the time, “They would put us on the cattle cars if they could.”

      There’s this sense that the closeted Marxists in the media, the White House and Capitol Hill feel like they can come out of the shadows. They are becoming emboldened — like keeping the light off for the cockroaches.

      The problem is that people like this professor, if he started asking questions or having doubts about the people’s revolution, would be sent on a cattle car behind us. But they don’t see it like that — because somehow evil doesn’t rise out of the masses in their view. Evil only has an “R.”

      • fred1724

        And an “I”.

    • kikorikid

      Whenever Marxist-Socialism has marched it has
      left piles of skulls on the shoulders of the road.
      They have nothing different to offer today.
      They seem to be becoming more shrill and aggressive.
      Open fascism soon. Get your brown shirt today.
      I’ve been suggesting to Social-Justice Progressives,
      that they should Volunteer to help round up all the Firearms.
      They can just hold out their arms and we’ll stack em like wood.
      DHS could use the help.

      • LouAnnWatson

        you mean stack the progressives like wood, right?

        • http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/author/kwatson/ megapotamus

          Yes, that is what is necessary and long, long overdue.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Speaking as a former Professor of Philosophy, this “man” is a
    disgrace to the teaching profession. He’s teaching a bogus course, in a
    bogus “field of study”. He threatened the lives of some of his
    students.

    He’s a disgrace, who should be forced to apologize to
    his students, and then dismissed from the university. He’s outlived
    whatever usefulness he ever had …

    • Habbgun

      True but how many people can say they took a college course taught by a Koala bear? Or maybe its just me.

      • James Mayer

        Mickey mouse, I thought…

    • nomoretraitors

      “should be forced to apologize”
      He should be put in handcuffs and marched off to jail

      • James Mayer

        Magic handcuffs, baby…

      • Drakken

        We are way beyond that now, to try an arrest this guy would create riots everywhere.

        • LouAnnWatson

          let it happen, sooner or later the tipping point will be reached. better now than later.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            If it happens now, and is widespread, there will be a declaration of martial law. Let us hope that the riots happen after the inauguration of a conservative President. He or she will allow the states their proper function, in such a case.

          • TheProudDuck

            If there were an attempt to declare martial law, I would prefer it happen before Obama succeeds in purging the officer corps of non-loyalists.

            Declaring martial law is one thing. Having the martial types enforce it is another. Calling out the troops is a last resort — because if the troops don’t obey and shoot the angry citizens, the tyrant knows his next stop’s the lamppost.

          • Drakken

            If the riots ever reach a white neighborhood, its all over, no amount of martial law will stop what happens next.

        • TheProudDuck

          Groups of rioters make bigger targets than single leftists.

          • Drakken

            Ahh, you caught that did you? ;)

        • nomoretraitors

          Riot control: Shoot to kill

    • truebearing

      Maybe he’s trying to do a dramatic proof of Fallibilism. He seems eminently qualified.

      As a philosophy student, I once concluded that all philosophy is ultimately on the road to solipsism. It appears that Otis has made it to that dubious state of “enlightenment.”

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Well-stated, my friend.

        I specialized in Phenomenology, and centered my teaching on the works of Martin Heidegger. If his works are not presented properly, the only reality is the existential reality … which is, of course, the quick road to solipsism. In other words, the phenomena which I have perceived and contemplated is the only reality. Solipsism …

        However, and believe it or not, there are practical uses for Phenomenology. In one western state, the police academy teaches one of my theories. That is, if a crime is committed and there are five eyewitnesses, have a sketch artist draw each person’s memory of the perpetrator, and then find the similarities between each. Finish with a sketch drawing the subject with the common similarities. It works.

    • LouAnnWatson

      but he’s a tenured affirmative action professor, he doesn’t have to do anything, he doesn’t even have to teach anything that is true.

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        This is true. But a man of character will attempt to be a true scholar, and bring out the best in his students. I don’t see Dr. Otis … I assume he has a doctorate … doing this.

        • truebearing

          This is my response to your comment above on Phenomenology. Disqus was messing with me, so I posted it here.

          Fascinating. And congratulations on deriving useful practical theory, therefore application, from philosophical theory. It is accomplishing somethiong that is inherently good. That isn’t something that all philosophers can say they’ve accomplished.

          I was partially joking about all philosophy being on the road to solipsism. First of all, it would be supremely arrogant to reduce everything to one rule, but your example of the practical benefits of philosophy is a perfect refutation of my generalization. On the other hand, there is an immense amount of philosophical effort that is not only useless, but sometimes dangerous. Karl Marx being the best example.

          I think the problem of philosophy for many who participate is the over-intellectualization of reality. I call it “The Daedalus Complex,” after the classical Greek inventor whose brilliance ended up getting him trapped in an inescapable labyrinth of his own design. Yes, he did finally escape, but his sin of using his intellect to design a way for Pasiphae to have intercourse with a bull –a divine gift to King Minos — ultimately cost him the life of Icarus, his beloved son. He abused his gift.

          When people lose themselves in labyrinthine systems of thought, the trap of extreme subjectivity and delusion is fairly probable. I would say Sartre was guilty of creating the world he lived in.

          I see the intellect as a tool, not the entirety of reality. I see intelligence as a situation, not a virtue. One can lose one’s humanity very quickly once trapped in their uniquely and inescapable Daedalus Complex. The threat a practiced philosopher, or other intellectual, is insignificant compared to the disaster that can result when followers decide to enter the labyrinth and willingly follow what has become an ideology. Again, Marx and his legion of followers being the perfect example.

          So much for my fragments on philosophy. I would enjoy reading your response.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Consider the case of William Jefferson Clinton. You know, “I did not have se x with that woman … Ms. Lewinski”. Most of us would immediately be able to identify their primary activity, together, as sexual activity. It’s a given.

            But Mr. Clinton is one of those unusual people who uses what he has learned in philosophy classes … of which he took several … to avoid the perils of actual life.

            In the Lewisnsky case, and when he testified in court, some time later, he used to great advantage the Philosophy of Language posited by Dr. Thomas Vernon, of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

            Dr. Vernon would say that words have absolutely no meaning, except what the people using them mean in the existential moment. This is opposed to Rush Limbaugh’s oft-quoted maxim that words DO have meaning.

            If Bill Clinton says that he never has se x … never had intercourse … with Monica Lewinsky, he means it, and has probably convinced himself of that fact. It’s why he asks for a definition of the word, “Is”.

            I would lay your odds that if someone gave him a polygraph, asking the question, “Did you have se x with Monica Lewinsky”, he would reply in the negative, and the polygraph would confirm his “truthfulness”.

            Many of the worst criminals in history are quite convincing, because they have employed words in this manner.

            Daedalus, yes. Unfortunately, the Olympian gods do not exist to punish those who use language in that way.

          • Cindy Kay

            Obama has been the most destructive liar to date, but Slick Willie runs a close second, and Hillarbilly, should she become POTUS, will beat them both in the lying and destructive categories.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            You’re quite correct. I know the Clintons, personally, and Hitlery is one of the most destructive … and possibly murderous … people in America. Make no mistake about it. She hates the Constitution, she hates conservatives, and she will move against us, if she gets the chance.

            By the way, this woman decided that she should be President when she was in high school. In Wellesley College, she was President of the College Republicans, but her senior thesis was a paean to Saul Alinsky. After law school, she worked for a law firm headed by communists, and defended Black Panthers.

            America might very well disappear, during a 3rd Clinton Presidency, and this must be stopped, at all costs. A RINO would be infinitely preferable to this spiteful woman.

    • TheProudDuck

      Is there any academic field ending in “-studies” that’s worth a pitcher of warm spit?

      • Wolfthatknowsall

        Probably not …

    • rangerider

      :-) Ya! But he seems to fall under the black privilege law:-) This law seems to be I can do what i want since my people were once slaves and you owe me:-)

  • DogmaelJones1

    “It’s certainly historic.” Did you mean hysterical?

  • theAcefromSpace

    Costs at UCSB for a state resident, undergraduate, living off campus is over $30,000 per year. That’s a lot money to pay to get bullied by this guy.

    • LouAnnWatson

      bullied by a professor teaching propaganda in a contrived worthless course.

  • Tanker74

    Seems like a typical Obama-supporting college professor. Not sure why his behavior is even news any more.

  • KellyKAFIR

    I would SOOOO love to be in this class… wouldn’t be the first time I took on a racist, hateful, lefty… I would have him fired by the end of the week! Bring it you little b*()*&!

  • KellyKAFIR

    I would walk into class with my Reagan shirt on one day and then my Bachmann shirt another day… then my Cruz shirt and I would video it all!!

    • kikorikid

      They’d get you for manslaughter because you
      know this guy would croak of apoplexy. Do it!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      KellyAKBAR!

  • Bamaguje

    ‘Looks like Rev Wright in the classroom… another “God damn America” hatemonger unleashed on hapless university students.

  • savannah1234567890

    he looks like a dump I left last week! My dump was much smarter, though.

    • Chuck Pelto

      And it didn’t stink as much, either.

  • Chuck Pelto

    RE: Body Bags, Anyone?

    How about University of California just ‘sacks’ him…..

  • Drakken

    The Balkanization of America continues. With millions like this guy advocating this nonsense, a backlash against it is inevitable.

    • asdf

      And justified, don’t forget that.

    • LouAnnWatson

      the tipping point will soon be reached…what will be the spark that will light the blaze? then it will be the likes of him in a body bag

  • tofubamboo

    This whacko should be fired.

    • mishong

      From UCSB? They’ll probably make him president

    • Want a conversation

      Racist.

  • PonyBobHaslam

    See “Bell Curve”. Sadly, many blacks, like thia axshole, are just plain stupid.

    • Want a conversation

      Great book. Accurate in every way. They are not just “stupid”, they are incapable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.meaker Don Meaker

    100 million was due to communists, not other leftist ideologies such as socialism, anarchism or facism. All in the leftists are probably responsible for 150,000,000 deaths in the 20th century.

  • spunknik

    They let homeless men be professors now? Who knew?

    • Common Sense

      If the homeless men are good enough for the job, why not?

      Or should everyone have a home to gain money?

      Certainly hypocritical, considering you would have no home if you have no money.

      • spunknik

        I guess I just figured that if you have full-time professor salary and you’ve amassed a lifetime of savings, that you might own a modest home instead of sleeping under the overpass and drinking out of a paper bag.

        My bad.

  • George Pepper

    This is what racial preference coddling produces; arrogant idiots with massive senses of entitlement.

    • rangerider

      :-) Black privilege:-)

  • Phil Ossiferz Stone

    Ladies and gentlemen: Any of you who do not yet own at least one centerfire magazine-fed rifle and a couple hundred rounds of ammunition are almost certainly living on borrowed time.

    • Want a conversation

      Not worth the time or expense. Dress him up in a hoodie and send him out for skittles on a dark and rainy night. That will solve the problem. And the really good news, he has almost a 100% chance of being shot by a… wait for it… black kid between 12 – 17 years old.

      • Phil Ossiferz Stone

        /rereads twice

        That’s… fairly nonsensical. I’m talking self defense here. And nothing beats a good rifle when the mob comes calling. Ask the Koreans in Los Angeles.

  • Want a conversation

    Affirmative Action at it again. This n i g g e r needs to be lynched.

  • Want a conversation

    The less diversity in the community, the less crime in the community.

  • Notalibfool

    This idiot is a professor? Don’t you miss the days when intellectuals actually were intelligent?

    • http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/author/kwatson/ megapotamus

      That day never dawned on this world.

  • Brucew56

    Any student with a brain should walk out of this terrorist’s class and demand a refund of the tuition. And the administration should fire him!

  • Brucew56

    Why do schools have a “department of black studies”? Do blacks have to learn things different from other students?

    • Common Sense

      Congratulations for mentioning the only thing worth mentioning in this article.

  • Deserttrek

    homie looks dangerous

  • http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/author/kwatson/ megapotamus

    Black Studies. Yeah, there is an oxymoron for you.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    I never seem to have these fools anywhere near me.

  • TheProudDuck

    How is that not a prosecutable “true threat”?

    People have been prosecuted for saying far milder and obviously non-serious things.

    • Jim Sweet

      This guy belongs in a mental ward, so maybe a Black Studies professorship has an actually qualified occupant.

  • HenDanK

    Why are classes like these being offered and why do students sign up for them? It can’t be because it’s an easy A. It would seem if no one signed up for these courses the universities would have to discontinue them. Baffling.

  • jukin

    The fascists of Germany in the 1930s have nothing on the progressive fascists in the democrat party of today.

  • deejayaz

    Your tax dollars at work.

  • Want a conversation

    Anyone taking black studies classes deserves what they get. A degree in black studies is right up there with….., well nothing actually.

  • http://www.logospayroll.com/ Brent Sherman

    I contacted ariel.bournes@police.ucsb.edu at the UC Santa Barbara Police Department, with the following request.

    Hello Officer Bournes,

    We are seeking public comment from you regarding the allegation that three of UC Santa Barbara’s students received racial death threats from UC Santa Barbara’s Professor Madison.

    Specifically, we would like to know if the UC Santa Cruz police department has been contacted to ensure the safety of the students and faculty of the school from Professor Madison.