Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

September 6, 2013

Prof won't teach after attack on Republicans

DETROIT — An award-winning novelist who told students that Republicans have “raped this country” lost his fall teaching assignments at Michigan State University after acknowledging the remarks were offensive, the school said Thursday.

William Penn, whose writings often focus on his American Indian heritage, welcomed his students last week with an attack on Republicans as cheap, greedy and old. His remarks were captured on video by a student and posted online by Campus Reform, which is affiliated with the Leadership Institute, a conservative group based in Arlington, Va.

Penn met with his bosses and “acknowledged that some of his comments were inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and may have negatively affected the learning environment,” Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella said.

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