On June 2, retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, 77, was guarding a friend’s pawn shop when he was gunned down in a murder reportedly live-streamed on Facebook.
“Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night,” tweeted President Trump. “We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!” On July 4, at the White House, the president paid tribute again.
“We are especially moved to be joined by the family of a great man – fallen officer David Dorn,” Trump said. “A 38-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department who was killed last month in the city he devoted his life to defending.” Among Democrats, support for Dorn was hard to find, and the case marks a stark contrast to the killing of a police officer in Davis, California.
On January 10, 2019, convicted criminal Kevin Limbaugh gunned down Natalie Corona, only 22 and a rising star in the Davis police department. Officers from across the country, joined by thousands of locals, attended a memorial service for Corona. Over at UC Davis, on the other hand, one professor openly supported the murder of police officers.
That would be Joshua Clover, professor of English and comparative literature, whose publisher Verso Books describes him as a communist. Born in Berkeley in 1962, Clover (pictured above) is an alumnus of the prestigious Boston University and the Iowa Writers Workshop. He once bagged an NEA grant as well as the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Nick Irvin of The Aggie student newspaper dug up Clover’s tweets including: “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age,” from November 27, 2014. And this, “I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?” from December 27, 2014. And when Irvin jumped ahead to Jan. 31, 2016, he found, “People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
Irvin contacted Clover to sound him out on Natalie Corona. The communist replied, “I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police,” and the professor did not walk back statements about wanting cops to be killed. By his own account, that would include African Americans such as David Dorn and Hispanic Americans such as Natalie Corona.
The Sacramento Bee sought a response from the campus communist and critical theorist. “On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as Black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement.”
The UC Davis administration condemned Clover’s statements and found it “unconscionable that anyone would condone much less appear to advocate murder.” Clover was reported to be on “medical leave,” but at no point did UC Davis bosses take action against the cheerleader for cop killers.
“We have not received a complaint of conduct that may be in violation of the Faculty Code of Conduct,” UC Davis provost Ralph Hexter, told the Davis Enterprise. “If we received such a complaint, it would be reviewed in accordance with our policies.” In all likelihood, nobody brought a complaint against Clover, who remains a full professor.
By contrast, during the George Floyd riots, Weber State University criminal justice professor Scott Senjo posted tweets that displeased school bosses. Senjo apologized, resigned, then rescinded his resignation. Weber State then placed him on leave and now announces that Senjo is “no longer employed at the school.”
North of the border, University of British Columbia board of governors chair Michael Korenberg “liked” tweets by Dinesh D’Souza, a tweet wishing Donald Trump a happy birthday, and a tweet critical of Black Lives Matter. The Antifa-affiliated “UBC Students Against Bigotry,” protested Korenberg’s “likes” and he duly resigned, with a groveling apology on his way out the door.
No apology from Joshua Clover, and no reports of censure or discipline by UC Davis. Long before they brought aboard the pampered communist, the campus gained fame as a pioneer of systemic racism.
The UC Davis medical school twice denied admission to Allan Bakke, a U.S. Marine, Vietnam veteran, with stellar academic qualifications and also a person of no color. UC Davis had reserved slots for minorities based on past discrimination. Bakke had not discriminated against anyone and UC Davis rejected him strictly on the basis of race. The former National Merit Scholar only gained admission after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
The current chair of the University of California Board of Regents is former California Assembly Speaker John Perez. The Los Angeles Democrat majored in the non-discipline of Chicano Studies but dropped out of UC Berkeley and never graduated. If anybody thought the entire UC system has taken a fall it would be hard to blame them.
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