Students Protest Conservative Professor Who Wrote About Blacks’ Role in Slave Trade

Ema Gavrilovic, College Fix, April 12, 2018

Unrest on the campus of Florida Atlantic University reached a crescendo recently when students crashed a faculty meeting there to protest a conservative professor at that school, Marshall DeRosa.

In a phone interview with The College Fix, DeRosa said that the protesting students “want my scalp in order to say conservatives, shut the hell up.”

“It’s a poisoned atmosphere for conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives,” he added.

DeRosa, a political science professor who teaches constitutional law, came under fire last week in part because of a recently resurfaced essay in which DeRosa discusses “black supremacy” and its origins to the history of slavery in the United States.

The essay argues that blacks had a significant role in the slave trade that has been ignored in favor of whites’ role in the brutal system. “Suffice it to say that linking the two, slavery with white supremacy is a gross over-simplification,” DeRosa argues in the paper.

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In the video, DeRosa states that the activists’ efforts have “put [his] family at risk.” The individual filming the video can be heard snickering as he says this.

DeRosa told The Fix that he has the support of the school itself.

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In addition to the takeover of the faculty meeting, flyers have also been posted around the university’s campus with the words, “Marshall DeRosa is a white supremacist” plastered on the page with a profile picture of the professor in between two confederate flags, according to the school’s newspaper University Press.

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